It’s always been a favourite colour of mine, but lately I’ve been really loving and needing navy around me. Because in our living room I have to work with our large brown classic-style leather sofa, simple but strong navy and white combinations are a good fit. Think stud detailing and quite masculine. I loved that sofa when we bought it 9 years ago and I love it almost as much still. It’s just not as versatile as a white sofa! I do love this classic, slightly nautical look.
I had a whole bunch of navy/white/natural linen cushions made up just before Christmas in Ralph Lauren and Kravet fabrics, which help the brown leather sofa, linen dining chairs and curtains, white daybed, sisal rug and blue and white ceramics all tie together. The day bed at the moment is a veritable feast of blues!
I’m just loving a mix of navy and white fabrics with blue and white Chinese ceramics, some interesting antique pieces and lots of books and art. This room is my favourite at the moment:
It’s got that relaxed country house vibe while still feeling elegant, which I love. Here’s another favourite from UK Homes & Gardens mag from years ago (below). This is the sort of colour I want to paint our bedroom:
Here’s another moody navy room; love the pairing of navy with warm camel in the sofa and curtains and the navy trim. I like this sort of feeling for my country weekender!
And here’s my navy blue front door:
I love this eclectic mix of pieces and how great white, navy and wood tones look together:
I’ve posted it before, probably more than once (sorry), but here’s my favourite navy blue library by Nate Berkus – I think I can get away with posting it again as it’s a different shot to the one from Elle Decor..
I have been obsessed with the idea of having a blue library for awhile now. I love the idea of being wrapped in a dark colour for reading/watching tv, and am detrmined that when (someday) I have a separate room in my house for all the books which are currently stored in boxes in our garage, it will be all blue! This is my dream room (I am picturing the other walls are covered in bookshelves):
My three favourite colours all in one gorgeous room: grey, blue and purple. I am soo in love with the walls covered in framed pictures, too. I like that it’s not too matchy-matchy, that the sofa is painted white, but the chair is natural timber, and that there’s a hint of gold.
This is another favourite (above) by Ashley Whittaker. I like the way the ‘library’ is (in my mind) one end of an open-plan room, which is delineated by the table behind the sofa. An it reads as a wide room, though the sofa and chinese table are actually quite narrow. The floral chairs and blinds keep it casual and happy.
This library is such a dark shade of blue (above) that it could easily feel like a formal, serious rom. That fab bird painting and the blue and white zebra fabric keeps it young and fun.
Where can I get a pair of those amazing tan leather and chrome chairs?
This is a great way to introduce blue at home, without going for the full ‘blue library’ effect: Paint your bookshelves blue to tie in with the fabric on an armchair. It looks cohesive but very casual and fresh.
I remember being fixated on this house (above) the month it appeared in Elle Decor magazine. The owner described (from memory) this room as being painted a ‘greyhound blue-grey’ which is exactly what it looks like! Again, love those colours – grey,blue, purple and this time, a pop of bright pink. I also love the fun rug – the owner dyed the rug herself using purple fabric dye. So fabulous!
Modern-style book heaven!