Is Navy the New Neutral?

Is Navy the new grey? We remodel and offer design services. Over the past several years, grey has been the go-to for almost all of our design inspiration. Grey is an on-trend color that works well with other color schemes. Remember in the early 2000s when it was beige? We will see beige make a comeback in a few years, as grey and beige tedder-totter back and forth from decade to decade.

In the meantime, a blue color palette seems to be making a 2020 impact on design — everything from flooring, cabinets,  to wall color.  Navy blue is a color that homeowners considering a kitchen or bathroom remodel always ask me about, so much so that I have added Navy blue to most of my design boards when presenting to a new client.

True Navy blue is the darkest shade of blue, so dark, in fact, that Navy blue can look almost black in some light. Navy is one of the "fashion" neutral colors, meaning it works well with a variety of other colors. Taking the color Navy from a fashion inspiration, Navy is making its way into our homes. Navy, as in true Navy, being so dark, is potentially too dark for most kitchen and bathroom makeovers. So, for purposes of design, the color Navy can be weighted, so placement and proportions are essential.

Blue is soothing. Blue has as many hue options as white or brown. It's endless. Specifically, Navy lends itself to a more formal introduction as it's deeper than other blues. If you love blue and would like to incorporate the new neutral into your kitchen or bathroom renovation, consider Navy blue base cabinets with bright white uppers. Tie it together with a white, Carrara marble countertop with subtle grey veining and a dark Navy blue backsplash in a lantern pattern with an occasional Carrara marble accent tile. This design is luxurious, timeless, and will appeal to buyers for years to come.

If you want to incorporate blue into your design, but you're not at a place to replace anchor cabinets, consider a Navy area rug. One of the easiest way to update any space is to change out area rugs and throw pillows, and decorative blankets. If you're jumping on the design trend of using blue, even Navy blue, watch as the design world becomes keen on blue for the next five to seven years. You can't go wrong with blue.

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