Is Naval set to be the interior design colour of 2020?

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The range and the tone of colours in interior design are always changing, recently we've noticed that green appears to be making a comeback to feature more in our households.

However, American paint brand giant Sherwin-Williams has named Naval — a rich navy with hints of sapphire — its colour of the year. 

Although obviously not green, this shade continues the clamour for more earthy hues in the home as calmness and wellbeing become more and more imperative. 

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“The use of colour in interior design is changing. It’s not just about what a space looks like anymore, but how it makes you feel,” Sue Wadden, director of colour marketing at Sherwin-Williams, told Interior Design.

“People want to feel grounded and inspired to pursue their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.”

Sherwin-Williams considers Naval a versatile neutral, a reference to the night sky, a space of calm and depth. The velvety blue seamlessly morphs into its surroundings when used to create a statement in a room or as a more subtle background.  

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“Naval can play into any mood you’re trying to create, whether it’s lively energy for a restaurant or calm serenity in a hotel room,” adds Ms Wadden.

The move may also represent a transition into a new decade of design, one likely to be influenced by self-care and tranquillity in the home-place.

Sherwin-Williams’ annual Colormix Forecast, which draws on research from the brand’s global colour and design team, expects warmer neutrals and biophilic colours, like greens and blues, to inform the aesthetics of interiors in coming years. 


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“We’re predicting that the next decade in colour is going to be bold. This year we saw the return of the 70s, and next year we think the vibrant energy and luxurious design of speakeasies will make a comeback. 

“Naval merges the desire for rich, inspiring colour with our yearning for relaxation and retreat. In the next 10 years, we’ll continue to move away from omnipresent neutrals and design will feel more personal again.”  

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