Kicking Off the Year With a Beautiful Blue Paint

If there were a color that defined 2016, it was gray. Whether you wanted to stage your home to sell quickly or paint it a color you’d love to live with, a light gray would be the choice for you. But 2017 is taking a bolder stance, going for jewel tones, calling back colors from as far back as the ’80s and giving them a fresh, new look. One of our favorites to come to the front of the class is the beautiful blue paint, Admiralty, a blackened blue that leans toward navy.

Kati, at So Happy Home, used a vibrant color like this in her renovated living room.

Here’s a view of the space, that shows how beautiful the color is against a brightly patterned chair, and in the play of light from the window.

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Photo: Apartment Therapy

This New York living room draws from the navy Chesterfield sofa and the room’s good bones. The owner, Laura, chose a high-gloss paint to bring out the lines of the couch and the room’s elegant architectural details.

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Photo: Cory Connor Designs via The Spruce

A New York City apartment transformed its dining room into a library. Designer Ashley Whittaker mixed half Gentleman’s Gray and half Twilight to get a vibrant, almost-nautical blue. “It’s very sunny,” she said, “but we tamed the brightness with Prussian blue.”

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Photo: Design Dump

In a play on the primary color scheme of red, yellow and blue, this north-facing drawing room blends a green-yellow bespoke chair, red accessories, and dark gray-blue walls.

Watch for this blue-gray color to trend in 2017, as we transition from the light-gray of last year to this year’s bolder hues.