Garden Color Inspiration: Navy Blue

It’s winter and so I’m thinking a lot about color.  Lately blue, specifically navy blue, looks fresh to me.  I’m thinking about how to incorporate it into a garden scheme–with paint and accessories since there are no true navy blue plants that I know about.  Not as the classic blue and white or blue and yellow but as a focal point or background in its own right.

I’ve had a tough time finding straight navy, more often there are multiple shades of blue–but no navy.

A table of navy though

Maybe my thinking is ahead of the curve…but not according to Elle Decor who sites navy as the newest interior neutral.  Notice how the green pops with navy as a background in the image below.

Navy blue as a background

A navy blue exterior house paint from Porter’s Paints.  Imagine that as a background for foundation planting.

There are navy blue mosaic sidewalks in Lisbon.  Ideas for patios, fountains and walkways…

Outside blue makes a strong statement, but it is seldom navy.  From one of my favorite fashion blogs, The Sartorialist, are blues including navy.  In an urban environment they just pop visually.

Blues looks fresh

Other than the cement color above, here are three navy blues to try as paint or stain.

Three Navy Blue colors to try

From left to right:  Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy HC-154,  Farrow and Ball’s Drawing Room Blue No. 253 and Sherwin Williams Naval SW6244.

Photo credits top to bottom:  TheTimes-Union, Pink Wallpaper, Porter’s Paints, Flickr, The Satorialist, the author

3 thoughts on “Garden Color Inspiration: Navy Blue

  1. That is all really beautiful. I feel like running right out into the garden with a paintbrush but unfortunately it is a few months before that would be wise in my climate. I am so susceptible to the charms of navy right now, a problem directly caused by the Duchess of Cambridge and her cute navy blue dresses on her Canadian tour last summer. I believe the navy trend is here to stay for a while.

  2. I’ve been addicted to navy for the past year. Most of my black clothes have been replaced with navy. As soon as I get to it, my master bedroom is getting painted navy. Love it.

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