Color Story: Navy Blue

After donating my leather pumps, a chic little handbag and a stylish suit in this color, several years ago, this shade suddenly seems fresh again. I'm talking about the color navy blue. The one dress I bought on my recent trip to Paris was, you guessed it, a chic shade of navy blue. It felt so right for Paris and for fall in California.


While traveling in Riviera Maya a year ago, I noticed that the accent woodwork and ceiling beams in our suite were painted a rich navy blue. It had the same bold impact as black, but the blue tones brought a lighter feel yet added some richness to the space. I thought it was a brilliant choice for the woodwork at this beachfront resort, Zoetry Paraiso del la Bonita. I was thrilled to meet the architect, a part-time resident at the resort, during our visit. I recently encouraged a design client to consider navy blue for her woodwork in need of some design inspiration.

These are a few of my collected images of navy blue on Pinterest and I find I'm liking the shade equally well for fashion and for decor.

I wondered if Pantone agreed with me about the suspected resurgence of navy blue.  I discovered there is a shade of deep blue, Snorkel Blue, projected to be an "It" color for 2016. It pairs well with a number of shades as seen here.  I'm especially liking navy blue with shades of copper and gold this season. Navy and white are purely a classic color combination.


Find more color inspiration on my Pinterest board Color Story: Navy Blue

Are you a fan of navy blue?

What shades of color are capturing your attention this season?