There is no doubt that this colour partnership has to be one of the most popular colour combinations right now. Whether you love the Coastal look, the Hamptons style of East Coast America or just a classic country style look – Navy Blue and White fits the bill. A definite favourite of mine – let me show you how to use it.
Associated so closely with the Ocean, I actually got the inspiration for this colour palette below, from an image of the mountains which I really love and I think that this colour scheme is equally at home in a country style look as by the sea.
I recently wrote about monochromatic colour schemes – this is where you take one colour and use it in varying degrees of strength, the classic combination being black and white. But Navy Blue and White is based on the same monochromatic principle, but just a touch softer. It’s the simplicity that is really the appeal with this palette.
I put this scheme together for a client and used my initial inspiration but softened the scheme slightly with the addition of a neutral carpet, so although not an absolute monochromatic palette, I feel that the natural flooring just adds a touch of warmth to the scheme.
I really love dark navy cabinetry and I have written an earlier post on this subject. The designer here has also painted the skirting board which ensures that this looks like a piece of furniture rather than a kitchen unit – a fabulous masculine style bar.
The psychology behind blue is interesting as this colour is perceived to be the most conservative of all the hues. Colour psychologists have found that blue types are successful, wealthy, accomplished and self-assured and for these reasons, blue is a great colour to wear for a job interview. Navy blue indicates refinement and solidity and in whichever way blue shows itself it is an extremely calming hue.
Classic blue and white can also be found in schemes with an Oriental feel and I really like this way of styling for a classic home interior. With the addition of comfortable natural linen sofas, soft rugs and textural layers, you create a very striking yet simple interior scheme.
Navy blue and white stripes are always in fashion. The tonal variation here can be used successfully in interiors to produce a dramatic mood. Splashes of orange, blue’s complementary colour, really gives the scheme a colour lift. However take them away, and it would still work. Throw some red into the equation to conjure up images of laid back coastal homes on the East coast of America where the stars and stripes of the nation’s flag are used in accessories. The Union Jack on the Australian, British or New Zealand flags can be used in the same way. The mood is a very masculine one as the colours and tonal variations are strong, bold and definite. Keep this look simple and only add a couple of strong accents as other colours will dilute the look and the mood will be lost.
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Are you having difficulties finding the right white to go with Navy Blue? You might like to read my post about the 5 mistakes to avoid when selecting white.
If you love navy blue then you may also be interested in my post on blue kitchens – this is a classic example of the navy blue and white partnership: