Navy blue is a hue that is both timeless and suitable for contemporary interiors. An excellent alternative to black, this shade adds a pop of color while still looking sophisticated. 2022 is bringing a whole host of blue-toned trends. We’ve consulted with the top design experts to bring you the best of navy blue. Wall art can transform any room, and it’s a great way to experiment with color. From blue-hued abstract artwork, to classic navy wall decor, these are the best ways to incorporate this iconic color.
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Navy Blue Wall Decor: Top Trends
While mixing black and blue used to be a major design faux-pas, times have changed! 2022 is all about taking risks and breaking boundaries. Plus, dark accent walls are HUGE this year. Combine these two daring trends and paint a charcoal-toned accent wall and hang a navy-blue print for contrast. This will create a sultry and sophisticated look, while still maintaining a playful feel. If you’re feeling extra brave, try painting your entire room in a dramatic, dark-toned hue. If that’s too much for your taste, an accent wall will do just fine. The navy blue wall art will break up your space in the best way, while still looking sleek and chic. For contrast that won’t take away from your edgy space, add live greenery and houseplants for a trendy touch. Finish the look with brushed metal details in bronze and matte black.
Expert Navy Blue Canvas Art Ideas
Our art director, Tirzah Goodman, has highlighted the comeback of several classic artists. Add a touch of impressionism to your interior with a Van Gogh-inspired print. Perhaps one of the most famous deep blue paintings of all time, Starry Night is equal parts edgy and tasteful. This dynamic print is slightly disturbing, but undeniably beautiful. If you’re looking for the ultimate navy blue wall art idea, this is it! Plus, a Starry Night-style print is perfect for any grey or black accent wall. For a modern twist on an iconic design, try a multi-panel, unframed canvas. Rather than a traditional, framed piece of artwork, the unframed rendition of Starry Night will blend classic and contemporary style. Keep your furniture minimal so that your navy blue print remains the star of the show.
Colors to Pair with Navy Blue
Wondering if navy blue will work with your current color palette? The beauty of navy blue is that it can work with a variety of color schemes and styles. The classic pairing is navy blue with white or beige. Although navy blue isn’t a neutral itself, it pairs beautifully with muted, modern hues. However, because it has a refined, understated quality, you can also add splashes of vivid shades.
Navy Blue and Gold Wall Art
For an ultra-glamorous look, take a cue from the Art Deco period. The 20s are back, literally and in the world of design. The Art Deco era famously combined jewel tones with metallic hues. Navy blue looks beautiful with shiny shades like bronze and gold. Hang a piece of wall art that combines navy blue and gold for a chic look. Add a hint of teal or eggplant purple for a contemporary twist.
More Metallic Navy Blue Wall Art
Gold isn’t the only metallic hue you can pair with navy blue. Silver and blue also make a stunning pairing. This cool-toned duo may seem too cold at first glance, but there are tons of ways to make this shimmering pair feel cozy. Rich, royal blues look stunning with subtle flecks of silver. Take inspiration from our ultra-trendy cosmic collection. This astronomical catalog is filled with boho-style prints for free-spirited designers. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of navy blue wall art for your living room, go with a magical, space-inspired print. A mystical piece of wall art can completely transform the feel of your interior – while still maintaining a cozy feel. Add hints of silver throughout your space and offset the blue and silver with neutrals like ivory.
Navy Blue Bedroom Wall Decor
An excellent space to start your dive into navy blue decor is the bedroom. The goal of every modern bedroom is to look serene with understated style. If you’re going to be selective with your decor for any room, it should be your sleeping space. Navy blue is ultra-classy, but it will prevent your bedroom from looking devoid of color. Need more convincing? Check out this excerpt from our article on why you should swap black for navy blue:
“There’s no better color to use throughout your bedroom than blue. This color is preferable to black for its ability to ease your mood. Known to promote a peaceful mind and a serene disposition, blue is a foolproof color for decorating your sleeping space. Light blue has been used in bedrooms throughout history, but it’s time to put a twist on this tranquil trend. Swap pale blue tones for pops of deep navy.”
Navy Blue Decor: Tips from a Pro
ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz shares her tips for how to incorporate navy blue into a modern bedroom:
"Navy color pairings should be clear, crisp, and bright. Dark-toned hues like dusty purple, hunter green, and maroon share navy's intensity and are likely to fade when paired with the dark-blue hue. Luckily, you'll find plenty of colors, including mustard yellow, bright pink, cherry red, and even metallic gold, that go beautifully with navy blue in a modern bedroom!"
Navy Blue Abstract Wall Art Styles
Whether you’re a beginning designer, or an expert interior decorator, there are some shades and styles that will work no matter what. If you’re still choosing furniture pieces and accessories for your living space, sometimes it’s smart to select wall art that will undoubtedly match anything you select. While we’ve already covered the fac that navy blue can blend with practically anything, it’s time to talk about style! Abstract art and a navy blue color scheme are a match made in heaven.
Vibrant Vintage Patterns Trend
Abstract art can come in both contemporary and classic patterns. While it’s typically seen as a modern style, you can easily incorporate it into a traditional space. Our “Vibrant Vintage Patterns” collection can bridge the gap between old and new decor. Hang a piece of patterned artwork with navy blue details for a stunning look.
Large Navy Blue Wall Art Sizes
When choosing the best piece of navy blue wall art for your space, consider the proportions of your wall. Selecting the ideal canvas dimensions is crucial to making your interior look professional. Follow these tips from our Ultimate Wall Art Size Guide:
“Your wall art should take up about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, meaning, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. First, measure the height and width of the wall. Next, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. This equation will give you the range of canvas print sizes to best suit the space.”
If you want to make a massive statement piece, we also have foolproof guidelines for choosing the best dimensions for your large navy blue wall art:
“A canvas size that measures 48 inches by 32 inches in height and width works perfectly above a 78-inch sofa in the living room. Make sure to pay attention to the height at which you hang the art. In general, you should always place the center of the canvas at eye-level. However, you should hang your canvas at least 6 above the couch to give it some room to breathe.
Looking for an oversize gallery wall? Go with 66"X33". Choose this size to create a focal point in any room that has a large empty wall. You should measure the space before installing this oversized wall art as this size can be overwhelming in a room with small walls.”
Navy Blue Wall Art Layouts
Finally, select a layout/canvas shape that matches your desired aesthetic. Whether you’ve fallen in love with the traditional, vintage look, or you’re creating a completely contemporary space, consult this list below:
Totally Traditional: 1-Piece Canvas
For the Trendsetter: 2-Piece Split Canvas
A Contemporary Statement Piece: 3 to 5-Piece Multi-Panel Canvas
The Uber-Funky Option: 7-Piece Hexagonal Canvas
Color-Based Decor Topics
Navy blue radiates class and luxury, and it’s the perfect color to give your home a refreshing new look. Hang a piece of navy-blue wall decor in one of our trending styles for the ultimate low-maintenance makeover. If you’re ready to explore more popular colors for 2022, visit out decor inspiration blog.