A mainstay of interior design, neutral tones are perfect for easily creating a unified and stylish space within your home. It can be tempting to opt for standard grey and beige hues, which of course offer consistency and versatility to boot. However, soft neutrals can also oftentimes appear dull and monotonous if used incorrectly. If you want to use a neutral tone that will simultaneously freshen up your interior, then look no further than navy blue. On-trend for this season, the traditionally maritime hue is perfect for freshening up tired décor. A weighty presence, navy easily adapts to suit any style of interior, adding a sense of power and authority wherever it is placed. It is particularly popular for classic, contemporary and coastal styles. The perfect way to incorporate this bold new trend is with a navy blue rug. Textiles have always been an easy, non-committal way to experiment, and a well-chosen area rug can easily update a space and add a touch of visual intrigue.
The key to pulling off navy is contrast, be this through complementary colours, patterns or textures. Textures are perfect for adding a touch of interest and variety to a room. The Reko Navy rug boasts a subtle ribbed texture composed of alternating lines of viscose and cotton; perfect for creating an understated look. While not textured in the traditional sense, the Louis De Poortere Fading World Medallion Blue flatweave rug features a Persian-inspired design that has been distressed to give it a vintage look. The distressed sections add wonderful variation and interest to the piece and the understated design is easy to combine with the furnishings already present within your interior.
Patterns are excellent for incorporating small bursts of navy, rather than a solid mass. This is particularly ideal if you want to engage with the trend without overpowering your original décor. The contemporary style of the Living Kukkia Ink rug by Scion is ideal for this; the simple design and navy blue/beige colour combination will blend harmoniously with your interior. If you would prefer a more traditional look, the Morris & Co Seaweed Ink rug offers an elegant flower pattern with intricate detail. Don’t forget that when decorating with patterns and textures, always work in threes; combinations of three distinct textures and patterns unify a room and add visual weight to a space.
In terms of colour combinations, there are a multitude of combinations available to you. Navy, like all blue tones, evokes an aura of calm and serenity. Its darkness also carries an air of sophistication and adds drama to a space. Therefore, the colour combinations you choose have the power to completely transform the mood and ambience of your room. Combine with gold or bronze to create an opulent interior steeped in luxury, or contrast with white for a fresh, maritime look. Another on-trend colour, dusty pink beautifully compliments navy. Taking the role of the neutral in this case, dusty or Windsor pink delicately strikes the balance between masculine and feminine, downplaying the drama provided by the navy and creating a contemporary look. The same effect can be achieved by combining with a cool mint green, as can be seen below. The touches of mint in the Sanderson Stapleton Park Admiral Blue rug beautifully complement the gentle green tones found in the furnishings. Combine your rug with a series of matching throw pillows or an accent wall to really tie the room together.
These are just some of the variety of options available to you with navy blue. We hope you now feel inspired and ready to incorporate the dramatic hue into your own home!
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