Decorating with Navy Blue

Want to add a little sophistication to your home’s decor without settling for a neutral color scheme? Try decorating with navy blue!  The color adds drama and can stand up to bold colors. It also pairs beautifully with white, creating a nautical vibe. Here’s several inspiration photos for adding cool navy blue to any room in your house.

Living Rooms

Perhaps the easiest room in the house to try decorating with navy blue is the living room. Choose textiles in the cool hue, like slip covers, pillows, curtains, throws, or rugs. Of course, you can’t go wrong with timeless stripes in navy and white.

Beach Style Living RoomPhoto by Phoebe Howard



Red White and Blue Living RoomPhoto by CapeRace Cultural Adventures



Blue and Gray Family RoomPhoto by Flagg Coastal Homes


Dining Rooms

I’ve always thought the dining room is a great place for navy blue. It adds an air of sophistication – the perfect ambiance for a comforting meal.

Traditional Dining Room in Navy BluePhoto by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd.



Coastal Style Dining Room in Navy Blue and WhitePhoto by Phoebe Howard



Traditional Dining Room in Navy Blue and WhitePhoto by Michael Smith Architects



Whether you paint your kitchen cabinets navy blue, or brush the hue onto the walls, you can’t go wrong when you pair navy with white in the kitchen. It can look modern or country!

Blue and White Transitional KitchenPhoto by Hunter Douglas



Country Style Farmhouse Kitchen with Blue CabinetsPhoto by Coppice Guild



Farmhouse Kitchen with Large Center Island Photo by Tom Howley Kitchens 



Blue bedrooms are peaceful and restful, but we often choose soft blues for sleeping spaces.  Why not add a bit of navy blue in the form of pillows, or go bold by painting bedroom walls with navy?  The result is a cozy space perfect for curling up at night.

Transitional Master BedroomPhoto by Studio McGee



Dark Blue Country Style BedroomPhoto by Landing Design



Light and Navy Blue Master BedroomPhoto by Tobi Fairley Interior Design



Bathrooms look impressive when navy blue is added to the space.  Painting a vanity or bathroom cabinets is an easy way to add the color.

Transitional Beach Style BathroomPhoto by Merzbau Design Collective



Transitional Beach Style BathroomPhoto by Studio McGee


Sun Rooms

Navy blue is a popular color for sun rooms. Of course, sun rooms are used primarily during summer when we’re thinking of the beach and anything coastal. Use just a bit of navy blue for a cottage style, or use more for a sophisticated sun room.

Blue and Yellow Front PorchPhoto by Rethink Design Studio



Beach Style Screened In PorchPhoto by Lisa Stevens & Company, Inc.


Navy Blue Houses

Don’t limit the use of navy blue to the interior of your home. It looks great on the outside of a house, too!

Dark Blue Arts and Crafts BungalowPhoto by William J. Thomas Studios



Dark Blue Arts and Crafts  House ExteriorPhoto by Visbeen Architects

I hope you enjoyed this inspirational post on decorating with navy blue! There are so many ways you can add the color to your own home.


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  1. M y den and guest rooms desperately need makeovers and I have been considering using navy blue somewhere. Now I know I should. Your examples show how navy is a neutral color.

  2. I love navy blue whether painted walls or decor, its in my house. Thanks Jennifer,have a great evening.

  3. Yes! My colors in my house are navy, burgundy & white. Burgundy is the accent in pillows, candles, etc. I can change to pink, or peach, whatever, because navy blue is such a great “neutral” in its own right.

  4. I loved your ideas! I am thinking of buying a navy bed for the guest bedroom of our beach house, and bedding in navy white and cream. The walls would also be a soft cream. What do you think?

  5. Jeanne- It will be gorgeous.
    Blues/whites NEVER go out of style and so easy to change up a bit when needed.

  6. Your content, as always, is so delicious! Thank you, it’s a wonderful time to feel good looking at beautiful things. So thank you, as always, for all the great inspirational posts. I love navy and neighbors have recently painted their house navy. It wan’t a looker – just a ranch without a lot of character – and the navy looks all mid-century modern chic. I have sometimes thought of painting my bedroom navy but I chicken out. Maybe someday …

  7. I love the navy. Have used that a long time ago but there are fresh looks now. Love those quilts shown! Happy Easter, Jennifer!!!