Good Questions: Navy Blue Walls for My Living Room?

Good Questions: Navy Blue Walls for My Living Room?

Grace Shu
Oct 12, 2007

AT:LA reader Dean writes us this question: Since we're in the middle of the Color Contest, I thought now would be the best time to enlist AT to help me find the perfect blue paint for my living room! I really want to paint my living room a rich navy. I am totally freaked out at the thought, but I'm taking the advice of everyone who's entered the Color Contest and "just going for it"!...

My couch is sort of an avocado green and I've got a large white Expedit shelf, Danish walnut chairs and a walnut credenza as the other key players in the room. I plan on buying a large flokati for the room, too...

I've been thinking about navy for a while, after I saw a living room designed by Philip Gorrivan (top right). But I got totally excited when I happened upon an old issue of Domino that featured Nick Olsen's apartment...his walls are the same color as my couch...and his couch is nearly the exact color that I want my walls!! (top right)

Anyway, my keywords when trying to describe this color are: rich, jewely, Indian, Moroccan, dusty (if that makes sense?)...Any ideas???

(Or i was thinking of going grey, as seen in the 3rd photo...I'm torn!)

Well, Dean, we say: go navy! With your white Expedit shelf, it will pop out and create a breather from all that dark blue. (Depending on how dark you go, it could also be very high contrast and dramatic). Plus, we are big fans of walnut wood with rich, jewel-toned navy blue--it's classy in a very Audrey Hepburn kind of way.

Anyone else want to pitch in?

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