Every year, paint companies and design industry experts come up with their annual color choices for our homes. Color authority Pantone chose Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838) as its 2018 color. Sherwin-Williams named blue-green Oceanside (SW 6496) and Benjamin Moore went another direction altogether with its spicy red Caliente (AF-290).Â You may paint your walls in one of those colors, or choose towels for your bathroom, but itâs less likely that youâll buy Caliente cabinets for your master bath renovation or an Ultra Violet dual fuel range from Italy.
When a kitchen costs $63,829 to $125,721 for a major midrange to upscale remodel and a full bathroom redo spans $19,134 to $51,662, according to Remodelingâs Cost vs Value Report, youâre not factoring color trends for a single year into your calculation; youâre designing for 10 to 20 years. Paint is easy and relatively affordable to change. Cabinets, countertops, fixtures and appliances are larger, more permanent investmentÂ choices, and they need to stand the test of time. So why is one particular color proving to be a popular and enduring choice?
âNavy blue is definitely the new black,â declares Mary DeWalt, an Austin-based model home designer for regional and national builders. âNavy is classic and, like black, Iâve never found a color that it clashes with,â she adds.Â Designers are pairing navy with stained woods for two-toned kitchen cabinets. Itâs also showing up in quartz countertops, upholstery, window coverings and, yes, paint, too. White fixtures against a navy wall contrast as they would with a black wall.Â âHowever, navy is less âseriousâ and seems to be embraced by all,â DeWalt notes.
âNavy blue has always been a classic âgo-toâÂ hue for me for its timeless quality and ability to pair so well with any wood finish or neutral paints,â comments Annapolis-based kitchen and bath designer Richard AnuszkiewiczÂ of Alt Breeding Associates Architecture.Â It provides a sophisticated color punch, but is also âeffortless, chic and will not age out over time,â he says.Â Anuszkiewicz incorporates the color into custom cabinetry, countertops and other major elements in his projects.
âStrong blues are definitely showing up more in renovations–particularly in kitchens,â observes Jean Brownhill, founder and CEO of New York-based renovation matchmaking firm Sweeten. âNavy is versatile. It’s a neutral pigment without being too trendy or heavy, and comes in many tones,âÂ she explains.Â There is also an emotional component to this color: âClassic navy makes us feel safe â think police uniforms.â It also conjures up the military, school uniforms and ocean vistas,Â allÂ of which canÂ evoke positive memories and associations. â”Painted lower kitchen cabinets are a smart way toÂ incorporate color, and deep blues look especially great with brass hardware.”
While thereâs 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), itâs also safe to predict that it wonât create the type of risk in your remodelÂ that a transient color of the yearÂ might, as leading design professionals and their clients continue to embrace it through the decades. Save those for your placemats and vanity sets.