How to Use Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year NAVAL

The Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year has been announced, and it’s a good one: Naval SW6244. I’m going to tell you all about, plus, there’s an exciting announcement at the end of this post!

The 2020 Sherwin Williams Color of the Year is a deep, rich blue that works in both classic and modern settings. It’s not quite navy, not quite royal blue. I used this color in a vacation home I designed two years ago:

2020 color of the year naval SWSherwin-Williams Naval SW6244

I painted this vintage dresser in Sherwin Williams Naval. Because it’s painted in a high gloss finish, it appears a bit lighter and more royal blue than you will see in images where it’s been painted in a flat or eggshell finish.

Sherwin Williams Naval

It’s a rich and delicious color, and not-at-all trendy. A classic! Let me show you some ways you can use it in your own home:

5 Best Places to Use Sherwin Williams 2020 Color of the Year – NAVAL

1. Furniture

Update a dingy old side side table or dresser with a glossy coat of SW Naval:

furniture painted sherwin williams color of the year naval

2. Kitchen Island

Break up the monotony of a dark wood kitchen island with a rich, dark blue:

color design by The Decorologist

3. Dining Room Ceiling

Create a dramatic effect with a rich, dark dining room ceiling:

dark blue ceiling design by Kristie Barnett, The DecorologistThe Decorologist

4. Bed Focal Wall

While you have to be careful to not go crazy with random accent walls, the wall behind the bed is a GREAT place to create a focal wall:

dark blue bed wallroom design by The Interior Maven, color by The Decorologist

5. Exterior

Stand out from your neighbors by using a classic, yet bold exterior paint color like Sherwin Williams Naval:

echelon custom buildersEchelon Custom Builders

Be sure to test Naval with a Small Wall paint sample board to be sure the color is right for your space! They are available in 2-packs at your local Sherwin Williams retailer or packs of 50 here.

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Gloria Staats
1 year ago

Very excited about Naval! I am thinking of using as the door color for a red brick home with white trim… I follow your blog, so I was familiar with how you have used it successfully and beautifully in so many different places and surfaces, so fun!

Paula Van Hoogen
Paula Van Hoogen
1 year ago

Good choices!
Naval is clearly a carefully thought out little sprinkle.
You found the best uses, Kristie.
This is discernment.

Beth Lester
Beth Lester
1 year ago

It’s nice to see a paint company come out with a color of the year that is immediately useful and already has some popularity base. Love this color!

Janet Lorusso
1 year ago

Love this color – an extreme step up from last years pick LOL! That blue painted dresser is da bomb, Kristie! Love love love! and that navy ceiling too!

Julie Lampe
Julie Lampe
1 year ago

I have long been a fan of Naval by Sherwin williams. It has a great coolness to it that looks phenomenal with a glossy sheen, like you see on the dresser and nightstands in your images.

Lisa Peck
1 year ago

Fun ideas for using Naval! and your new course sounds very interesting!

1 year ago

Isn’t this a beautiful colour?! It’s very much like Hale Navy by BM, which I love and have used often. I adore your dining room project with the painted ceiling! And congratulations on your online colour course, looks very comprehensive! xo

Mary Ann Benoit
1 year ago

Not my favorite color, but loved the ideas and options you gave for how to use it! Really interesting on the ceiling!

Leslie Carothers
Leslie Carothers
1 year ago

Hi Kristi:

I enjoyed reading this post and seeing the various ways you’ve used NAVAL in your design work. I especially liked it on that vintage dresser, which is exactly the furniture I had in my bedroom when I was a young girl!!

And the tip about how it looks slightly different, depending on whether it’s matte, semi-gloss or gloss, was a good one.

Thanks for the inspiration and good luck with your new online course, too!

Lori Evans
1 year ago

Great color and greater post. 🙂 Nicely done!

Sheri Bruneau
1 year ago

Such great examples of how wonderful this color is! I LOVE the dresser and the night stand paired with gold hardware.

Congratulations on launching your new online course!

Deborah Main
1 year ago

I love, love, love that navy blue home!!! This color is so perfect as it goes with so many other wonderful colors like orange and gold as you share so clearly. What a fun job you must have selecting colors for your clients!

Barbara James
Barbara James
9 months ago

I love the color. Could I use Naval on a bedroom ceiling in a farmhouse? I wasn’t planning on using crown molding. Do I need to?

Daria Quinn
9 months ago
Reply to  Barbara James

Hi Barbara,

If you are going to do a different color on the ceiling, it is always best to have crown molding – but not absolutely necessary. Make sure you pair Naval with a white or a light neutral on the walls. I hope that helps!

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