Last month I had my entryway wallpapered with a deliciously bold navy and white paper that I agonized over for weeks. I love to switch up my decor a lot, so could I really commit to a pattern, especially in a single color? The answer is yes – and with my love of pattern (not to mention navy), I’ve found it pretty versatile. So I thought I’d show you how to get three different looks by just switching out accessories. After all, accessories are always the easiest (and often, inexpensive) items that bring the most life and personality to a room.
A quick note on the color schemes: by using navy as my primary color, I’m able to pair practically any other shade with it. Navy is great if you want something friendlier than black but more interesting than brown or beige. It’s a warmer and preppier color that plays well with red, yellow, green, aqua, pink, … I could go on and on! And in the case of certain shades like pink, yellow, or aqua, it provides a little bit of grownup polish to a color that’s more juvenile.
In all 3 spaces, I’ve kept the basic furniture the same: a vintage white campaign desk that I bought on eBay (a similar one here) a few years ago paired with a white circular mirror from Crate & Barrel. But the rest of the accessories are fluid, depending on what color scheme you go with. I can see this vignette working in an office, a nook in your bedroom, or as a study space for a student.
AQUA & NAVY
First up, an aqua and navy look, (which is the primary color scheme of our home, by the way). It’s bright and fun, and anchored by that geometric Robert Abbey lamp in robins egg blue. I’ve accented it with various accessories including the Madeline Weinrib runner that I bought several years ago (obsessed). I stacked the lamp on some of my favorite design books, which is another easy trick to introduce color and personality into a space.
YELLOW & NAVY
But for a whole new punchy spin on things, how about yellow? I adore a bold pop of citrus. It’s always happy and it tampers down the seriousness of navy. A lucite chair provides a traditional spin with its design in an unexpected material, and made more comfy with a silk twill pillow (from Target, years ago). Play with mixing and matching patterns, like the large scale stripe throwbed from Hedgehouse pictured here (perfect for tossing onto a sofa for extra comfy lounging). A yellow tassel hangs from the campaign hardware, and a stack of yellow books rounds out the look.
HOT PINK & NAVY
But for some all-out girly glamour, hot pink can’t be beat. This is an eclectic look with a whole lot of style: a modern Eames-inspired chair with hairpin legs is a fun contrast to the gold lamp. A hot pink pouf is great for extra seating or for a footrest (I use this one in my office!). Throw pillows, artwork, and decorative objects keep the continuity of the color scheme going.
So what do you think? Could you commit to a bold wallpaper? I’m loving how surprisingly versatile this floral wallpaper is, and I can’t wait to decorate for the holidays with it (white Christmas tree!!!).