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In previous months, we’ve introduced you to colors that you may not have previously considered using in your home. Grapecopper and coral were big hits; however, pink champagne and mint green received mixed reviews. We think we’ve hit on a color for May that’s definitely trending, can be used either as a neutral or as a dramatic punch of color and is undeniably timeless.

Wanna know what it is?

Navy Blue!

navy, may color of the month1. once wed    2. frisson

 ”Navy is a classic color, but because it’s so versatile and plays well in almost any palette, it somehow manages to feel fresh and new season after season. It can be masculine, traditional, preppy, eclectic  — anything you want it to be. Of course, there’s the patriotic connection if you want to take it in that direction with stars and stripes, but as you can see from these images, it’s so much more than that.” —Briana Mowrey, Senior Editor

 navy, may color of the month 1. Jonathon Adler   2. Phoebe Howard

“I always thought of navy as being too dark, but it actually adds just the right pop of color. It can go vintage, coastal or mod, and it’s a reminder of the beachy months of summer to come.” —Farima Alavi, Assistant Editor

 navy, may color of the month1. Scot Meacham Wood   2. Emily Henderson for hgtv.com

“Since my first peek at Emily Henderson’s brand-spanking-new navy blue office, I’ve been obsessed with this color. I’m dying to own a navy velvet sofa, or maybe do a navy tile backsplash in the kitchen, or oooh…maybe the perfect pair of navy wedge sandals. Too much? I’m crazy for navy.” —Marianne Canada, HGTV Home Studio

navy, may color of the monthDiane Bergeron Interiors

“I have a navy blue accent wall in my home. Guests are always complimenting me on the color and seem impressed that I ‘went so bold.’ I don’t consider it that daring, but it’s definitely an attention-getter.” — Grant Dudley, Programming Manager

navy, may color of the month1. Serena and Lily    2. Anthropologie

“Navy is timeless, but it also feels oh so right now. (Exhibit A: I’m wearing navy as I type this, and I wore it 2 days last week!) Update the classical nautical pairing of navy and crisp white with a touch of Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango. Or outfit a vintage setee with swaths of navy, white and cornflower blue for a modern pattern evocative of just-breaking waves.”  —Liz Gray, Senior Editor

navy, may color of the month1. West Elm    2. Brian Patrick Flynn for hgtv.com

 ”Navy blue is often categorized as hueless, like black. But I must say, navy blue is most certainly a color and a lovely one at that. It took me a while to realize it, but it’s one of the most versatile colors out there. It’s classic, sophisticated and virtually timeless. But what I love most are its current pairings with this season’s must-have colors: hot pink, Kelly green, coral, turquoise and those vibrant neons. Yum!”—Kayla Kitts, Assistant Editor

navy, may color of the month1. Catilin Wilson Textiles    2. Habitually Chic

 So what do you think – did we pick a winner this month? Let us know how you feel about navy in the comments below.

19 Responses

  1. jessica says:

    I love navy! I just redid my bathroom in pale blue with navy and white accents.

  2. Deborah D. says:

    Navy and white are a really fresh, clean look. Love it.

  3. Briana@HGTV says:

    Loving all of these images — especially the stairs! Amazing!

  4. Rochelle says:

    Hi HGTV Family
    I 'm from St.Louis Mo and I need help with my basement really bad I'm not able to work any more and my husband take care of all the bill's.So we can't afford to do our basement and it's really in bad shape.We just had a big rain and we were walking in water and now it smell please help me and my famiy we can't even go down there please help

    • Pookie says:

      What kind of help are you looking for? I believe the first step would be to waterproof the space. If you can't afford to do that right now I would wait before putting any more time or money into the space. A seasonal creek in one's basement is never a good selling point…

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  6. [...] couldn’t possibly be more in love with HGTV’s Color of the Month for May: Navy Blue. I’ve fully embraced this color lately, from my couch to my clothes. I’ve [...]

  7. Rose Ferguson says:

    Navy is my most favorite color. I wear it often and have two rooms painted in it in my house. I would love to have more but think I've already over done it. But can you over do it? Not!!!

  8. crownnice says:

    Have a 60's ranch style with very light walnut hardwood panelling throughout. All of my delft and cobalt accents go well, but I've considered doing concrete stained floors in the kitchen, dining and living area. (Easier with the dogs!) Just wondering what a dark blue or marbled floor might do to the space, i.e. look bigger or smaller?) Have light furnishings throughout. Any ideas?

  9. [...] perfect pick for the beginning of summer, HGTV has chosen Navy Blue for May’s “Color of the Month“. While they’ve admitted some of their past color choices received mixed reviews, Navy [...]

  10. clancythecamper says:

    I recently redid my bedroom with a saturated indigo blue with white and cream accents ~ love the feel :)

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