While we wait patiently for Pantone to reveal its Color of the Year for 2020, Sherwin-Williams just announced announced its 2020 Color of the Year and it’s a good one! Naval, a refreshing twist on timeless navy blue, was chosen for its connection to the sea and night sky.


As stated in Architectural Digest, Sue Wadden, Sherwin-Williams’ director of color marketing, says: "Because navy has strong ties to nature and well-being, it made sense to select Naval. It is reminiscent of the night sky, which people have looked to for centuries for guidance, as a muse and as a reminder to live more mindfully.” She goes on to say, “The use of color in interior design is changing—it’s not just about what a space looks like anymore, but the feelings a space can evoke.” I love the message behind this. And, since I enjoy using navy as a neutral, I’m looking forward to introducing Naval into some of my nuanced designs. 


The hot hue got a jump-start at this week’s 71st Emmy Awards with stars like Rachel Brosnahan wearing a sequins Elie Saab gown, Emilia Clarke donning a daring Valentino Haute Couture dress, and Justin Hartley buttoned up in a polished Isaia suit, among others. 


While you might not be walking the red (er, purple) carpet in a formal frock anytime soon, there are plenty of ways to bring Naval into your wardrobe. Aside from denim (the most obvious choice), there are some great pieces that embrace the celestial shade -- from Jimmy Choo’s boots du jour to a classic Stella McCartney blazer to a stylish Lele Sadoughi headband. 

Naval makes for a beautiful home hue, whether your aesthetic is traditional, modern, bohemian or retro. The most obvious way to integrate the cool nautical color is by painting a wall or room; however, there are other ways to bring the sea-inspired shade into your space. Try a fabric wall mirror, designer throw blanket or versatile ottoman! These low commitment options offer an opportunity to incorporate Naval naturally and minimally.  


One of the first design decisions I work through with my clients is their closet color!

You’d think on the surface this would be fairly straightforward. But, the reality is, there are a bazillion colors to choose from! Though many naturally gravitate towards neutral tones like white, blush, champagne and grey in an effort to create a clean palette, there are so many slight variations, this process can take awhile! So, unless you have a very clear vision, selecting the perfect hue can be a headache.


Perhaps that’s why I partnered with Portola Paints to develop a custom color, “Closet Cashmere,” for  my closet. I rely on Portola Paints, along with Valspar and Benjamin Moore to source the precise paint color that’s right for a project. Once we nail that down, a lot of the other design details fall into place. 


Beyond paint, wallpaper continues to be a favorite medium in which to give closets depth, personality and whimsy through color. From a traditional Hermès print, like what I did on my dressing room ceiling, to beautiful butterfly motifs to feminine florals to ombré, there’s no limit to how wallpaper can give a closet a playful punch of color!


Whitney Port was one of my first clients to integrate wallpaper into her closet with a banana leaf print inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel and it still remains one of my favorite wallpaper executions! 


With both the use of paint and wallpaper, as well as carpet, we’re seeing the trend of people going bolder and brighter with their dressing room, even if it’s just used in a small part of the space. At one point, using a pink shade was considered brazen or reserved for a girl’s closet; now, it’s pretty much a neutral and a consistent client favorite. We’ve used blue hues (in boys’ closets and beyond, including a blue carpet!), a purple-grey in Monique Lhuillier’s closet, deep red-brown in Jaime King’s dressing room and pops of yellow in Tyra Banks’ space.


My next color goal? I would love to design more soft blue and green color closets and have it be seen as a “neutral.”