Though pastels have been a staple in springtime clothing and accessories for generations, there are plentiful ways to perk them up in fresh and exciting ways. Consider layering spring greens and pale pinks with small touches of navy blue and then bringing in super-saturated tones such as acid green, hot pink and tangerine. Working as a neutral, navy blue keeps the overall look from becoming too bright and busy.
This lovely transitional kitchen features navy blue cabinets, large glass pendant lights above the kitchen island with mint green metal chairs, and a muted gray subway tile backsplash that runs from the countertop to the ceiling.
Large windows let lots of natural light into this sophisticated living room. The combination of a chocolate brown sofa, navy blue walls, lime green accessories and patterned accents creates a relaxing but lively space.
Wainscoting and a coffered ceiling bring classic architectural detail to the yellow-green walls of this formal dining room. The traditional oval table is surrounded by comfortable navy chairs, while the space is grounded by a timeless rug.
A bold green, navy and gold leaf wallpaper sets the tone for this globally-inspired transitional interior. The fluted lines of the coppery pendant light mimics the front door mullions letting in light and shining on polished hardwood flooring.
A traditional wooden dining table is fitted with cushioned, striped chairs and a neutral bench in this coastal-inspired dining space. The open concept space is divided by faded green shutters with large framed art in navy and white.
In the study, the painted mantel blends seamlessly with the navy blue wall behind it. A trio of white sculptures arranged from shortest to tallest decorates one corner, and a vibrant green mirror hangs above.
What's not to love about this contemporary living room? Though defined by crisp white walls and hardwood floors, this space comes to life with a dark green fireplace surround, pink sofa and two bright green chairs. A navy blue area rug keeps the space soft and invites guests to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.
The design scheme in this colorful Art Deco-inspired lounge features a digitally printed grass cloth wallpaper in navy and gold tones with pops of saffron orange in the sofa, grass green accent pillows, watermelon pink side tables and neutral embroidered linen curtains.
A citron green foyer accent wall makes for a cheery welcome into this home. In the living room, a navy accent wall also makes a bold statement but doesn't look garish, thanks to minimal decor and simple, chic furniture.
Shades of blue and green give this coastal inspired living room a sophisticated vibe. The grey sofa with navy trim sits in front of faded shutters bringing in a natural wood element paired with an elegant concrete side table and modern brass floor lamp.
A natural wood wall creates a subtle accent effect and allows the bright green dresser to pop. A striped throw pillow on a navy chair echoes the color use. A rustic mirror adds a nice, contrasting design element while animal details work perfectly for a nursery space.
A green seashell patterned backsplash gives this spacious contemporary kitchen a coastal design. White cabinets provide lots of storage and blend perfectly with the double kitchen islands topped with blue and white quartz countertops. Navy and white bar chairs provide seating beneath woven basket pendant lights.
Entertain in elegance with this formal living room, complete with ornate sage and blue sofas, built-in wood bookshelves and hearth, an exquisite oriental rug, custom drapery, and patterned ottoman. "The blue and green work together because they are analogous colors of similar intensity," says designer Cynthia Mason. For a more modern feel, deepen the intensity to kelly green and navy. Image courtesy of Cynthia Mason
A light green and neutral color palette gives this transitional master bedroom a coastal vibe. The navy and white bed with a large cushioned headboard centers the room with rustic nightstands on each side. Colorful abstract art hangs beside the bed in the reading nook with a comfy chaise.
Wood boards stripe the navy accent wall in this boy's bedroom, creating depth and texture behind the gray upholstered headboard. Layers of decorative pillows cushion and decorate the bed, which boasts a blue blanket with a cargo pocket. Contemporary green table lamps and a monogram letter add pops of color.