Decorating + Inspiration

How to Decorate With Navy Furniture

This month, we’re obsessed with all things blue. This color is calming and easy on the eyes. When creating a nursery or kids room, people often go for white and gray furniture pieces, but we think blue furniture is just as great and offers an exciting alternative to the typical neutral. We’ve asked our friend, Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams for some tips on how to incorporate furniture in this deep hue without overwhelming a child’s space.  (Pssst — Hover over the photos to shop each room!)

From a color expert perspective, what tips can you give us about decorating with specific colors. How can people keep this deep hue balanced throughout a nursery?

Navy is gorgeous in a nursery. It’s dramatic and rich. A nautical blue stripe painted on the wall would even look great to pull the entire room together. Paired with white or cream and coordinated with an accent hue — navy is a great choice for boys rooms, girls rooms, or gender-neutral nurseries.

Neutral and peaceful nurseries are in high-demand, but how can navy be used to create a tranquil environment for baby?  Much like black, navy actually functions as a deep neutral. And, it’s such a classic coordinate to gray, taupe, khaki, and white. Navy can be used in a restrained way even with navy furniture as an accent color in bedding, linens, or area rugs.

If we have a bold color scheme in mind, what colors are good complements to navy?

I would recommend pink (Sherwin-Williams® Cheery SW 6584), yellow (Forsythia SW 6907), grass green (Sherwin-Williams® Organic Green SW 6732), red (Sherwin-Williams® Show Stopper SW 7588), or citrus green (Sherwin-Williams® Frolic SW 6703).

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