Navy blue continues to emerge as a popular color in kitchen and bath design. Some designers have even gone on to say “navy blue is definitely the new black.” As homeowners start to steer clear of the all-white kitchen and bath trend, they are looking for something that will create impact without being too bold. The blue hue pairs well with white and stained wood cabinets and is also starting to show up in quartz countertops, upholstery, and window coverings.
“Navy blue has always been a classic ‘go-to’ hue for me for its timeless quality and ability to pair so well with any wood finish or neutral paints,” comments Annapolis-based kitchen and bath designer Richard Anuszkiewicz of Alt Breeding Associates Architecture. It provides a sophisticated color punch, but is also “effortless, chic and will not age out over time,” he says. Anuszkiewicz incorporates the color into custom cabinetry, countertops and other major elements in his projects.
While there’s little reason to assume that navy blue will dominate the $134.1 billion kitchen and bath industry in 2018 or beyond the way white has, (think Shaker cabinets, marble look countertops and bathroom fixtures), it’s also safe to predict that it won’t create the type of risk in your remodel that a transient color of the year might, as leading design professionals and their clients continue to embrace it through the decades.