navy blue & brown

When it comes to colors that are both classic and versatile, for me, it doesn’t get much better than navy blue.  Deep, inky blues are not only great neutral backdrops, they add a touch of glamour and elegance to any space.  I am obsessed with this color, finding every opportunity to infuse a little inky blue in my rooms for a crisp, modern feel.  (I’ve even managed to accumulate quite a bit of this color in my closet, as well!)  Navy blue is timeless and I can’t think of a better color companion than tans and browns.  Here are some beautiful examples of the two:

Black & Poole Interiors




Tish Key

Jimmy Stanton via Atlanta Homes


Michele Bonan via Lonny

House Beautiful

Get the look by painting your walls a deep, moody blue and pair it with warm, natural textures and soft fabrics.  Here are my picks:

Benjamin Moore paint in Soot

Octagonal mirror

Woven Roman blinds

Knobby loop rug

Mariner knit throw

Ming China bud vases

Scramble fabric in chocolate

Ticking stripe in navy blue

Handpicked daisies fabric in lake

Dhurrie pillow

Wood frames and burlap mats


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  1. Krista on November 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I love all these ideas…makes me want to build a secondary home & let you have free range! Sure enjoy following your blog Kelly:)

  2. Kelly Stivers on November 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Ha! Thanks, Krista! You know I'd do it in a heartbeat 😉

  3. linda@Lime in the coconut on November 15, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Just did this in our library office…altho I would have liked a bit more dark to the paint…will be adding a bit more layers soon. Lovely insp boarsd you have there!

  4. Kelly Stivers on November 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Thank you, Linda! I love the blue you chose for your office…it looks so comfy cozy in there 🙂

  5. Gretchen on January 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Than you so much for featuring this dining room on your website. I love theother options you show for deep colors working well! I am on a mission to debunk the myth that dark colors make rooms look small.

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