How 3 Designers Would Use Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year

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It’s that time of year again! We’re referring to that time when paint companies are casting their color trends for the upcoming year. And, of course, we’re here for all of it.

The latest major color forecast is from Sherwin-Williams, which recently announced its 2020 color of the year as Naval—a rich navy hue that has a layered backstory. The blue shade touches on our collective need to pursue wellness and our interest in biophilia (aka wanting to be close to nature). It also pays homage to the opulence and richness of the Art Deco era. All to say, Naval is all about stepping outside of the comfort zones of the classic navy.

To put the new hue to test right away, we tapped three of our designers to envision their take of Naval blue in the home. The result is three rooms that are stylistically different but equally captivating. Read on to see the spaces and get their tips for bringing this 2020 color of the year into your own home.

sherwin-williams navalLook #1: Coastal & Chic

Modsy Designer: Yoan W

Yoan’s Inspirations: Inspired by Naval’s relation to the natural world, Yoan drew from the color of the sea and the midnight sky. He also pulled in coral motifs and mother-of-pearl-like texture, such as on the front of a credenza.

How Yoan Used Naval: To play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, Yoan worked in a mix of natural textures, slightly formal furnishings, and white and beige tones. All together, these pieces contrast with the two accent walls that are painted in Naval.

For furnishings, Yoan kept to mostly slightly traditional pieces in neutral hues but played with contrast, such as juxtaposing a white sofa with a black coffee table. Similarly, he painted two accent walls in Naval as a way to create contrast with the white and beige tones throughout the room. Yoan also wove the hue into the space in other ways, incorporating an accent chair and a rug that has notes of blue to keep the space feeling balanced.

Finally, to play up the color’s story of reconnecting with nature, he also worked in a mix of natural textures, such as the coral and woven accents.

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sherwin-williams naval color of the yearLook #2: Modern & Minimal

Modsy Designer: Aimee M

Aimee’s Inspirations: Aimee was specifically inspired by the monochrome room trend but she also wanted to explore the idea of Naval as a neutral in a room.

How Aimee Used Naval: Taking a monochrome approach doesn’t mean Aimee’s room is one note. In fact, the resulting space is deeply layered. A room steeped in the hue can have major soothing vibes, like a cocoon, according to Aimee. To achieve that she made sure there was a layering of textures that appeal to all the senses.

That’s where the curated furnishing mix comes in. The velvet sofa brings a luxurious touch (and a bit of shine), the dark warm wood tones lend an organic beauty, and the streamlined mid-century forms add a lightness to the room. It all balances out the cool richness of the Naval walls. The result? A space that is simple, soothing, and super sophisticated.

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sherwin-williams naval ideaLook #3: Contemporary & Cutting Edge

Modsy Designer: Logan R

Logan’s Inspirations: The idea was for the room to feel like a moody beach house with a contemporary edge. Logan also wanted to tap into the organic modernism look in doing so.

How Logan Used Naval: This take on Naval is all about the contrast, starting with the overall muted palette of neutrals set against the blue backdrop. The Naval blue is pushed almost to a chalky-gray by way of contrast with the camel-brown sofa and warm-wood accents, which all provide lots of tactile and visual textures in the space.

For more subtle references to elements of nature, Logan played with shapes and patterns, from the coffee table and bookcase cutouts to the vases and urns to the fish motifs and abstract art. The result is a cool nod to organic notes without appearing theme-y.

The bold furnishings and contemporary designs also end up contrasting with Naval and bringing out the softer, more serene side of the blue shade.

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