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Navy Is The New Gray.

Design tips for the new “it” neutral

It’s official: navy is having its moment. We asked the fabulous Jenn Sbranti, founder and editor-in-chief of Hostess with the Mostess, for advice and products to make it work. And she delivered—just weeks after delivering her second baby. (Congrats, Jenn!) Here’s her take on decorating a nursery with the new it color in mind.
 
Navy is to nursery décor as denim is to your wardrobe: it goes with everything. It’s the perfect neutral for a girl or a boy, pairing really well with aqua or orange for a bright and modern boy’s room—or with pink or lavender for a fresh take on a girl’s room.
 
Of course navy lends itself naturally to a nautical theme, which also works well for him or her. Try pairing the Jonathan Adler anchor rug with pink or kelly green for a preppy and modern nursery. Or, to get a more beachy feel, mix in white and tan accents with driftwood and shell elements.
 
Navy works beautifully on walls (Luna Pier by Dunn-Edwards is the perfect hue). Alternatively, it’s super chic as a trim color. Look for a bookshelf or crib trimmed in navy, or trim all-white furniture yourself by painting the inside back of a bookcase or the sides of a crib to steal the look for less.
 
Perhaps it’s most fun to play with navy as an accent color. While a bold drum pendant in navy adds warmth and anchors the room, the white trim on this Oilo pendant softens the look. Stock up on navy bins and buckets, accent pillows, and crisp-looking crib bedding. And yes, you can rock it on a diaper bag, too.