Color Trend Alert!
I’ve been keeping a keen eye out for the latest color trends and it’s pretty obvious by now that the darker, moody blues are IT. My husband John and I noticed that the past few months, deeper blues have been some of our top sellers for our peel and stick paint samples. Keep reading to for a breakdown of my favorite Sherwin-Williams dark blue & navy paint colors!
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|Charcoal Blue||Color Scheme||Paint Sample||Review|
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|Sea Serpent||Color Scheme||Paint Sample|
|Outerspace||Color Scheme||Paint Sample|
|Cyberspace||Color Scheme||Paint Sample|
|Grays Harbor||Color Scheme||Paint Sample|
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Paint companies are not the only ones loving blue as I have been seeing blue all over from the likes of design magazines such as Elle Decor, House Beautiful and Domino. Fashion has also declared deep blue as a color fashion trend for Fall 2020.
Why I love blue
I personally adore the color blue too. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know it’s true! Didn’t mean to rhyme there. If I had to nail down why I am drawn to shades of blue, I believe it’s the soothing effect it has on me. If you’ve ever delved into color psychology at all, you will find that the color blue represents peaceful elements such as water and the sky. It’s also a color that represents security and order, which are things that are important to me in a home!
There are so many places to use blue in the home. I tend to like the darker shades of blue as accent walls, but I have also been specifying them in dining rooms above white wainscotting or for powder bathrooms that need some personality. Kitchen islands are another favorite spot for dramatic accents of darker blue, along with exteriors for contrast and interest. My purpose for this post is to share my top dark blue and navy colors that I love the most for interiors and exteriors.|
Naval SW 6244
Let’s jump right in with Naval, the all-star of the year according to Sherwin-Williams. I’m not arguing with it! Naval has been my go-to navy since I picked a different dark blue/navy that turned out way too bright. After that, I trusted Naval as my first pick if a navy paint color was in order. I even recommended that my mom paint her headboard wall in Naval and it turned out beautiful! Check out my in depth review on Naval here.
Places to use Naval
Naval is a very dark color with LFV (light reflected value) or 4. Eek! Not much light reflecting off this baby. I am all for the deeper, moody colors right now, but I can’t help my love for crisp, light and bright. I tend to limit Naval to an accent wall or paired with some wall trim to lighten it up a bit. That is not to say that you can’t paint an entry in Naval or go all out in a half-bath! I just love the contrast of the dark and light colors against each other in a room like in the inspiration picture below by Sherwin-Williams.
A few other places to add Naval are accent walls, particularly in rooms with super tall ceilings, cabinets (lower, island or all!!) and front doors. Go all out with this special COTY from Sherwin-Williams. You won’t regret it!
Charcoal Blue SW 2739
Charcoal Blue was no-brainer as a contender for my top dark blue/navy paint colors. I reviewed Charcoal Blue last year, but this dark blue is still a hot color for this year. Technically, I classify Charcoal Blue as a navy, but it is softer than a typically saturated navy color. There is more gray to Charcoal Blue, which makes it a tiny bit more subtle, hence the LRV of 6 (compared to a 4 for Naval).
Places to Use Charcoal Blue
Places where you would like to add some drama or interest are good places to use Charcoal Blue. Consider Charcoal Blue if you want a navy blue color, but would like to soften it up a bit. I absolutely adore this mid-century living room paneling painted in Charcoal Blue. It’s a risk to paint an entire room in a darker color, but I love how the lighter wood and tan leather help to soften up the look and create contrast.
Other places I have seen Charcoal Blue make an appearance? Built-ins, fireplace accent walls and bathrooms. Don’t forget to check out my Color Review on Charcoal Blue for color palettes and more inspirational pictures!
Indigo Batik SW 7602
Now we are getting into more of the dark blues versus the navy colors. One of my top dark blues is Indigo Batik. This beauty isn’t found where darker navy colors are located in the Sherwin-Williams paint deck. It is the darkest shade on the 224 paint swatch including some nice blues such as Upward, Aleutian and Distance. Indigo Batik is less saturated than both Naval and Charcoal Blue with an LRV of 8.
Places to use Indigo Batik
One trend I am loving lately are cabinets painted in a dark blue or navy color. A good friend of mine just renovated her home to include lower cabinets in dark blue and uppers in white. All the heart eyes! Indigo Batik works well on cabinetry as a dark blue that doesn’t get too bright or too muddy. It’s just right as a color that catches your eye without blinding them!
Not only does Indigo Batik shine on cabinets, I love it for accent walls, front door colors and bathrooms. If you are looking for a navy that is a little less dark and has a touch of brightness, this is your color!
Sea Serpent SW 7615
A top seller for our peel and stick paint samples lately is Sea Serpent. I honestly have not specified Sea Serpent much if not ever, but it is quickly catching my attention. One color that I do specify often is Gibraltar, which is one shade lighter than Sea Serpent. Sea Serpent has a bit more of a gray undertone compared with Indigo Batik which I like for bigger areas.
Places to Use Sea Serpent
One of many places to use Sea Serpent is as an accent wall for a unique entry. Notice our theme of contrast in the majority of the inspiration pictures with these darker blues. Since navy and dark blue can be a bit moody, it helps to warm it up with lighter wood tones or even the use of a soft hand-painted patterned wall above it. Loving this look!
Outerspace SW 6251
Outerspace lives up to its name as a deep blue sky color or better known as a darker blue-gray. It is definitely lighter than a true navy color since it has the gray undertone to lessen the brightness and depth of color. Outerspace is one shade darker than Granite Peak, which is a color that I have specified multiple times for my client’s as an accent wall. Even though Outerspace has an LRV of 12, it can be used in several different places in the home.
Places to Use Outerspace
I have a track record of not being a huge fan of darker colors on all walls in a room, however, I am IN LOVE with this inspiration picture featuring Outerspace on all walls in this home office. Adequate lighting, lighter wood furniture, a soft rug, white patterned drapes and white framed artwork keep the space from feeling dark and cavelike.
Outerspace would also work well as accent color for a fireplace wall or in a laundry room as a fun pop of color. I also like the idea of using this in a boy’s bedroom to create a real life “space” feel.
Cyberspace SW 7076
Cyberspace is similar to Outerspace as far as undertones go, yet it is a bit more saturated. In fact, it has an LRV of 6, just like Charcoal Blue. Cyberspace is categorized as a dark blue-gray and not a navy despite the deeper tone. There is a smidge more gray to it than Outerspace and Indigo Batik, but definitely still has the blue undertone present. For reference, one shade lighter than Cyberspace is Web Gray, a blue-gray that I like to specify for bedroom accent walls.
Places to Use Cyberspace
Cyberspace is gorgeous in this brightly lit, farmhouse style dining room with a traditional twist. The white trim is fantastic next to Cyberspace and brings out this dark blue-gray color even more. Again, lighter wood tones in the furniture and soft blues and white in the accent pieces keep the wall colors as the deepest color in the room.
Other places that I have spotted this lovely hue are bathroom cabinets, fireplace accent walls and moody master bedrooms. Remember, pairing these darker blues with lighter colors and varying textures of warmer tones help them from taking over the room’s “visual space.”
Grays Harbor/Dark Night
Last but certainly not least, is Grays Harbor. I am actually leaning towards painting my powder bathroom in this moody blue-gray. It is between Grays Harbor and Granite Peak. I’ll keep you posted with a post (ha!) when I pull out my paint brush (or roller) and get going. Grays Harbor is similar to Outerspace but is a bit lighter and has less of the indigo undertone and more of a true blue undertone. I recommend this color for my Color Consultation clients all of the time for various places in the home.
Dark Night is one shade darker than Grays Harbor and is super close to being almost navy. I selected this color for the back of some bookshelves in one of my interior projects awhile back and it turned out amazing!
Places to Use Grays Harbor/Dark Night
I had the honor of selecting paint colors for a commercial project for one of my clients recently. The project was a lounge with a super cool vibe that needed an updated color scheme and a fresh coat of paint. For the main walls, I chose Gray Matters, a medium toned gray-blue with a touch of a green undertone. I loved how it turned out against the Alabaster brick wall and the rustic metal accents. Grays Harbor stole the show as the accent wall in the back of the seating area right next to a light wood paneled wall. So lovely. Now can you see why I want it in my powder bathroom?
Grays Harbor is a dark blue that I specify a ton with my clients. Places I like to use it are on kitchen islands, built-ins, accent walls in any room, dining rooms and bathrooms. The sky’s the limit with this one in my opinion!
My hope in outlining some of my top Sherwin-Williams dark blue & navy colors is that you now feel confident to try them out in your home. There are so many places to add these colors: bedrooms, bathrooms, home offices, cabinets and more. Not only are these colors trending, they also add a cozy yet serene feel.
To wrap things up with my top dark blue and navy paint colors; I love them. The end. Just kidding. I detailed several colors, so if you are considering using them, grab some Rugh Design Peel & Stick Paint Samples from the Shop so you can compare them in your space and in your lighting. These trend-setters are hot right now. Jump on board and add it into your color scheme asap!