Tuesday, January 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Use navy to anchor your home decor

Navy always makes beautiful waves. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor, like leather, silver, brass and pottery, and any garden furniture.
SHNS photo courtesy Nell Hill's

By
From page A3 | August 18, 2013 |

By Mary Carol Garrity

Scripps Howard News Service

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession.

Navy has it all. It’s a no-fail neutral that looks perfect paired with practically everything, from white and cream to coral and citron. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor.

The timeless classic will never go out of style. And, because it’s not overused by designers, it feels fresh and new. Other colors will come and go in my home, but navy is here to stay, in a big way. Here are six ways you, too, can weave a little navy into your interior decor.

1. Embrace navy’s softer side with furniture.

One of navy’s many wonderful attributes is that it is a fabulous tool for high-contrast decorating. I really like it paired with white when I’m designing a contemporary home, or with cream if the home is traditional.

When you cover your furniture in a solid navy fabric, you have free rein to take it casual or formal, contemporary or traditional. Navy is one of the best neutrals for sofas because it’s timeless, forgiving enough to handle pets, kids and husbands and versatile enough to look great with a rainbow of colors.

I redid the cushions on my outdoor furnishings this summer, swapping out light cream for cobalt blue, which just feels like a more electric shade of navy to me. To pop things up a bit more, I pulled together pillows in citron, white and blue fabrics for a crazy mix of classic and contemporary.

2. Perk things up with navy pillows.

If you don’t have any navy in your home but would like to add a bit, try working it in with accent pillows. Since navy works with so many colors, it’s easy to plug in to just about any color palette.

Your bedding ensemble is an ideal place for navy because you don’t typically redo it very often. Pick colors you won’t grow tired of soon.

3. Let navy dishes add drama to your table.

Long ago I invested in a set of blue-and-white transferware dishes, and I have used them constantly since. When you add lots of pattern, this simple color combo is really exciting on a table. But I also like to pop it up for spring and summer by weaving in apple green. In fall, you’ll see these same dishes on my table paired with orange. During the holidays, I use a leather or silver charger as a base for a more formal place setting. It’s amazing how versatile these dishes are. Just because blue-and-white transferware is classic doesn’t mean you can’t make it feel fresh and new.

4. Make a room more dramatic with navy paint.

While I like to constantly switch out decorative elements, some things will never change. One is the color of my dining room walls. I can’t imagine them being anything but Twilight, a rich navy blue. I forced myself to try a new color once, painting the walls a chocolate brown. But it just felt wrong, and before long I was back to my navy. Like a good navy blazer, they go with anything.

5. Use navy pottery for arresting accents.

If you have read my blog, syndicated column or books for long, you know I love blue-and-white pottery, and have used it all over my home for the past few decades. We’re seeing a real resurgence of Chinese porcelain in a blue-and-white color palette. More people are working this classic look in with their modern furnishings for a design that’s full of contrasts.

6. Let navy rugs pull your room together.

Navy is a great color for area rugs because it refuses to show dirt. You can find flat weave rugs — my new go-to because they are so affordable — in an assortment of contemporary patterns. Like something more traditional? Navy is a frequent star in lovely wool rugs.

— The column has been adapted from Mary Carol Garrity’s blog at www.nellhills.com. Email marycarol@nellhills.com. Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, www.shns.com.

Comments

comments

Scripps Howard News Service

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Interfaith event focuses on justice

    By Fred Gladdis | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    In vino veritas: A criminal case and intrigue in Napa Valley

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Parking lawsuit may be more than meets the eye

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

     
    Share your love (story) with us

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Workshop offers tips on GoPro cameras

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sutter Davis Hospital seeks volunteer doulas

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Winter produce, treats available at Wednesday market

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Have a ‘Heart to Heart’ with Dr. G

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Apply now for Soroptimist service grants

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Apply now to be on Davis’ coop crawl

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    VFW post plans Valentine’s Day Heroes Breakfast

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Seed swap set Friday at Davis Cemetery

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Vote for your favorites in Readers’ Choice poll

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Storyteller relies on nature as his subject on Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Learn nature photography from an expert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    Thorp receives UCD’s Distinguished Emeritus Award

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Innovation opportunities on the agenda

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Gerber nominations open now

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Forum

    Wife’s attitude costs her friends

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Taking turns as the halfway house

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Locals will join march for climate change

    By Michelle Millet | From Page: A6

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A6

    A family was torn apart, but we survived

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Sports

    Aggie women almost get a sweep of Portland tennis teams

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    UCD women need to get in gear for a basketball road trip

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Anatomy of a hoops collapse: can Aggie men handle the pressure?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Four DHS wrestlers soar at McClellan Air Force Base

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD swims past Santa Barbara

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Eat ribs for the Davis Aquadarts

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Lea Rosenberg leads Odd Fellows

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    .

    Arts

    ‘Ideation’ a funny, dark, thrilling farce — and more

    By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    DHS Idol finals will be a tough competition

    By Krystal Lau | From Page: A9

    Wynonna Judd will perform Feb. 13 in Vacaville

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7