Color Profile: Navy Paint Colors

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There is no doubt that 2021 has been the dawn of the interior designers’ blue period, blues are popping up everywhere from furniture and decor to walls and paint for cabinetry and doors. The buzz around hues of blue are going to be sticking around through 2022.

In fact, Navy blue was named 2021’s color of the year, and so let’s take a deeper look at this elegant and tranquil shade.

Why so Blue?

Navy blue is leading the charge when it comes to being a top choice for interior color trends for 2021, and surely this will carry into 2022. Navy, like black, is a shade that can be used as a neutral backdrop that can be used to soften or amp up a room depending on the decor. Navy blue transforms every and any space imaginable from bedrooms to kitchen cabinets and everything in between. Navy is a tried and true color that has grown in popularity for everything from fashion to furniture and is emerging as a go-to shade for interior paint for any room.

A deep shade of blue offers the ability to evoke a range of emotions from moody to calming–yet, always proves to be both chic and modern while remaining classic and sophisticated. It is no wonder why so many designers and homeowners alike are turning to navy—from paint to furniture, navy is a tried and true shade that is both trendy and timeless.

True Blue: How to Use Navy in Your Home

  • Color Family: Blues
  • Complementary Color: Orange
  • Pairs Well With: Black, white, metallics, neutrals
  • Mood: Powerful, calming, sophisticated
  • Where to Use: Kitchen cabinets, accent walls, and dining rooms

If it’s time for you to get in the know with navy, check five of our favorite designer-approved navy paint colors:

  1. Old Navy- Benjamin Moore: A dark navy that makes a statement. This versatile true navy pairs well with both neutrals and bold accent colors. It can be sleek and sophisticated, or trendy and modern.
  2. Hale Navy- Benjamin Moore: One of the most popular navy blue paints, with its lack of green undertone, this shade is a versatile neutral tone of navy that works well with crisp whites. This paint is dark enough to boast a statement with enough blue pigment to never be confused with black. “The perfect shade of navy”
  3. Naval- Sherwin Williams: This mix of deep sea blue and night sky creates a unique blend for the perfect shade of navy blue paint. This shade has an aqua undertone that is great for a bohemian style or a classic, sophisticated style.
  4. Mysterious- Sherwin Williams: This almost black-blue pulls grayish undertones for a dark, elegant deep navy blue with just the right level of ‘moody’. This shade is rich and deep and makes a wonderful accent color for bookshelves, powder rooms, or island cabinets.
  5. Salty Dog- Sherwin Williams: If you’re envisioning a moody sea, you’re picturing the right shade of dark blue. This navy blue paint color has a strong green undertone reminiscent of a dark and deep ocean. Looking almost black, this shade works best in areas with lots of natural light and pairs well with lighter accent colors and trim, creating a striking contrast for a bold and beautiful look.

Tips on Choosing the Right Navy Blue for You

When choosing the perfect navy hue from the almost endless tints and tones available, there are some tips you may want to follow to make sure you select the right shade for your project. First, always get a sample of any color you may be considering, different shades can look different in various types of light making them look vastly different in the sales showroom than they will when you get them home.

Secondly, you’ll want to consider the light reflective value (LRV) of the color you’re using. Paint colors are assigned a number on a 0-100 scale. The closer to 0 the LRV is the darker it is, likewise, the closer to 100 the lighter it is. To avoid getting a shade that is too dark or too light once you get it home, determine the LRV to get a more perfect match to what you’re hoping the color will look like once on the walls, furnishings, or cabinets.

Lastly, consider the accents and decor around which you’ll be using the navy paint. While navy is a neutral that will spruce up any space and generally blends well with a wide array of colors, trends, patterns and themes, there are some accents that work better with navy paint than others and will make your room really pop. For example, rich wood and orange offer a striking contrast that creates a beautiful, eye-catching look. On the other hand, neutrals such as creams, beiges, whites, and gray balance the stark navy for a calm, soothing mood.

When you’re ready to dive into the sea of navy and choose a beautiful, luxurious deep blue shade of paint, contact the experts at Flowers Painting to book your consultation today.

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.

 

 

The Great Debate: Paint First or New Floors First

When renovating your home or moving into a new one where you’ll be replacing the flooring many DIY homeowners ask themselves whether to paint first or install the new floor first. While opinions vary, unfortunately there is no clear-cut answer to this question, but we serve to dissect the pros and cons of both in this blog.

When to Install Floors First

Naturally, most would assume painting would be the first in order to avoid any spills or mishaps during the painting process. However, there are instances when the seemingly lengthy flooring installation process should be completed first. Experts agree that flooring should be done before any interior painting. Why? The tasks that must be taken to install new flooring—sanding, tearing up old carpet, removing glue, cutting new flooring pieces, and so on can stir up dust, debris, and be an incredibly messy job that can cause damage to the walls and trim in the process.

These tasks would cause damage needing repair that would ruin your paint job and inevitably consume more time and money to re-do the project. While many might argue that they are concerned about damage to the new floors from paint, flooring can be covered with drop cloths to protect them during the painting process unlike walls and baseboards.

However, any preparatory work that the walls may need should be done prior to installing the flooring—for much the same reasons mentioned above. Sanding, patching, or wallpaper removal can also cause damage and debris landing on the new floors that would require further repair to the floors.

Of course there are some factors to consider that could change whether or not paint is first or floors such as the condition of the walls, the type of flooring being installed, and whether or not either is going to be done professionally. In either case, it is usually recommended to paint the ceilings immediately after wall prep is completed and before anything is done with the floors as ladders will be resting on the flooring, and flooring installation will not affect the ceilings.

When to Paint First

Many experts agree that in most cases flooring installation should always be done first, but there may be some instances where painting first can save time and will not be majorly affected by the flooring demo or install. For example, if you have old carpet that you don’t care about getting paint on or an exposed subfloor that will only be covered up during the installation anyway.

In cases where the flooring installation is simple, such as when using prefinished material such as engineered hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl tile, painting first may be the best course of action since these materials do not require additional tasks such as sanding, cutting, or finishing that would create dust and debris. Furthermore, these floors have a higher risk of damage from paint drips and spills since they are already finished.

Tips for Successful Painting and Installation

Whatever you choose to do first, the most important thing is to protect whatever part of the room is already completed from the next phase of the project. To protect your new floors, once the flooring has been installed you’ll want to be sure to protect the floors and baseboards by masking using painter’s tape and drop cloths. Another helpful tip is to consider the type of flooring you’ve installed. For different kinds of floors, you will need to take different precautions to protect them during the painting process.

When hiring professional painting services, there are some things you can do to prepare for their arrival, however they will come prepared with all the necessary tools and expertise to protect your new flooring investment. These are some of the benefits of hiring a professional painting crew, like the professionals at Flowers Painting.

With the right precautions in place, there should be little to no concern of damaging your new floors with paint.

Turn to the Professionals

Many homeowners don’t realize the proper sequence of events when planning their home renovation which can cause unnecessary costs and labor adding to the project. Consulting with contractors and the professionals at Flowers Flooring and Painting to avoid such mishaps. To ensure that the job is done properly and with great efficacy, hiring the experts may be the best course of action.

Flowers Flooring offers a wide range of flooring options, colors, styles, and professional installation services to guarantee the job is done right and with ease to the homeowner.

The professionals at Flowers Painting then can work their magic with a brush and transform your walls with their expert painting services.

Contact us to schedule your free estimates today!

About Flowers Painting

Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that services the entire Charlotte metro area including Mooresville, Huntersville, Davidson, Concord, Rock Hill, and more. Call today to schedule your FREE estimate (704) 445-7750. Flowers Painting provides full painting services including color consulting, interior painting, faux finishing, textured walls, cabinet refinishing, interior stairs, handrails, and more. To see pictures of our finished work be sure to visit our website gallery.