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.