The New Navy

Not quite as splashy as cerulean or sapphire, or as sought after as turquoise, navy is a quiet member of the blue family. In the fashion and interiors worlds we don’t often hear much about it until its time for the Spring trends forecast, where it is perennially paired with white, khaki and yellow.

But my question to you today, is can the color navy be sexy? I say yes, absolutely! For me, it started with the January 2011 issue of Elle magazine (yes this design-lovin’ girls enjoys her fashion magazines too, thank you very much!). I gazed for awhile at the page filled with “Inky-hued” finds, or so it was called and really enjoyed the idea of deep, dark blues paired up with grey, silver and polished white. And who didn’t love soon-to-be-princess Kate Middleton’s gorgeous navy dress in her engagement photos with Prince William. I also think navy is a great alternative to black and even pairs nicely with Pantone’s color of the year Honeysuckle, a surprisingly fresh pink. And it seems I’m not alone in my adoration for navy, as evident by these amazing photos from interior designer Windsor Smith’s website. This hot designer knows how to make a traditional hue such as navy, a little sexier.

Take a peek and let me know what you think? For me, I’m ready to bring more navy into my closet and my home this year. How about you?




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lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.