Colleen
Colleen
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My Favorite Dark Blue Wall Color, A Year Later


Last year I decided to paint the formal dining room. It was beige. The same builder-beige as every other room in the house. I wanted something deep and dramatic and navy blue.
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
Before & after. Look at the difference it makes!
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
I tried five different colors from Sherwin Williams before narrowing it down to Naval and Ink Well. (left to right, respectively)
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
With the amount of light this room gets, Ink Well was the winner. This color is dark and moody, just a shade away from blue/black, exactly what I was looking for. Naval is beautiful too, but it felt too royal blue in this light.
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
I kept the curtains neutral, with simple linen panels from Ikea.
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
The accents are simple: medium wood, linen, brass, and white.
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
I'm still madly in love with this room!
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
my favorite dark blue wall color a year later, paint colors, painting
See the full transformation below, with more images before and after.
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  • Linda Partridge
    on Jan 15, 2016

    I really like the color...I have a ?,but not about the painting...I want to know where you got the big brown cabinet by the wall?What do you call those type of cabinets?It is beautiful...thank you.

    • Terri T
      on Feb 5, 2016

      This beautiful. My daughter started with navy in her entry and it was stunning. When she hired a decorated he had her paint it black. My thought, Oh no! Much to my surprise the black looks really good too. But, my choice, Navy! Great job!

  • Ellie
    on Jan 15, 2016

    How big is this room? It's beautiful!

  • Justin Klink
    on Aug 31, 2016

    I am planning to do my master bedroom in the house I'm purchasing in Inkwell. I'm trying to decide what color bedding I should go with.

    • Colleen
      on Aug 31, 2016

      You have so many options! You could play it safe and go with plain white, or off white. You could add a print with pinks, corals, greens, rusty red. Turquoise is also really pretty with navy blue. You can't go wrong. Inkwell is like a neutral.

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  • Heidy
    on Jan 17, 2016

    It's absolutely stunning! And somehow manages to show off your gorgeous wood floor even more :)

  • Patti kelley
    on Jan 20, 2016

    beautiful color just perfection

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