You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.
The main color is navy blue, with touches of white, tan/beige, pale aqua and gold. Navy and gold make an especially rich, lush combination. Besides pure gold tones, golden browns like tans work quite well with navy. Also light, warm wood tones like golden oak make a beautiful complement to navy.
Apart from the ubiquitous naval connotation, navy blue and gold can be found as event decor colors, especially for weddings. Below is a delightfully atypical wedding setup with navy and gold tones. It’s styled by Kimberly Watt at Petal Pixie and photographed by Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.
Navy and gold also make great base colors for present wrapping:
Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.
The combination of navy and gold can be brought into interiors even in real life. Christy’s bedroom below introduces a little pale aqua, just like Padme’s:
…and the bedroom below keeps to the color combo, but instead of the bedding, includes the tans and browns in the chair and rug:
Canadian House & Home; photo found via Delight by Design.
Padme’s bedroom has gold mouldings running from floor to ceiling reminiscent of a rib vault. In real life, moulding like that is rare, but you could introduce golden tones in other upright elements, like book cases…
Chicago Homes & Garden; photo via Delight by Design.
In interiors, brass is an easy alternative to incorporate the color of gold without having to pay an arm and a leg. Just look at the cabinet handles in this navy kitchen:
Don’t forget the smaller touches:
Any additional innovative uses of navy and golden tones? Please share!
P.S. Access other posts in the series with the geeky color combos tag.