Winter Blues: 5 Ways To Use Marine Hues


From classic to coastal and contemporary, navy blue creates a striking addition to your palette. We’re talking 5 ways to work with marine hues in your interiors.

Linen House Naut Cushion CoverHave You Met Miss Jones Orbit Indigo Gold VaseLinen House Peyton Cushion CoverRapee Ginko Cushion
L to R: Naut Cushion CoverOrbit Indigo Gold VasePeyton Cushion Cover, and Ginko Cushion. Browse cushions online at Zanui.

Handsome and highly versatile, deep blue is an interiors’ favourite. Whilst blues are associated with coastal ambience, there are many ways to use marine hues in your aesthetic for dramatic impact.

Dark blues create a decadent base and a dynamic accent. Exploit their timeless allure in your home with these 5 easy-to-adopt approaches.

Marine blues with vibrant coral, turquoise and retro-orange colour pops. Dulux’s Infinite Worlds palette. Image sourced Styled by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King. Photography by Lisa Cohen.


Dulux embraced this personality-plus hue in its Infinite Worlds palette for 2016. Styled by interior designers Bree Leech and Heather Nette King, this ethereal colour scheme plays rich blues against petrol greens and jewel tones for maximum visual impact.

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Dulux working with analogous tones from turquoise to marine blues. Image sourced 

This inspired colour-scape evokes the unfathomable underworld of the ocean and the far reaches of deep space. Fiery flashes of brilliant red, hot pinks, corals and hi-vibe mustards alongside radiant metallics stave off the threat of existential angst. (Nobody needs nihilism in their home!)

Art Club Concept Explore Print Art
Art Club Concept Explore Print Art and homewares. Browse wall art and decor online at Zanui.

This palette exudes celestial mystique without becoming overwhelming. Gold and copper metallics contrast well here, adding warmth and understated opulence for rich drama.

Hoxton Art House Midnight Swim Framed Print
Hoxton Art House Midnight Swim Framed Print. Browse wall art online at Zanui.


In classically nautical interiors, navy blues serve as a neutral. They’re like the jeans of the interiors’ world. Deep blue works well with the organic patinas of distressed wood, mother-of-pearl and shell, linen, and lush green accents in indoor and outdoor zones.

A La Mode Studio Illustrious Canvas Print
A La Mode Studio Illustrious Canvas Print. Browse wall art online at Zanui.

Opt seersucker and strident stripes juxtaposed with blue colour-blocks in your cushions and throws. Pair these with driftwood pieces, raffia and rattan for Hamptons’ elegance. Or treat the eye to some geometric + graphic motifs or global influences for a more eclectic vibe.

Searles Homewares Kasba Cushion (Set of 2)Rinas Petra Cushion CoverRapee Impact CushionLinen House Conor Cushion Cover
L to R: Searles Homewares Kasba Cushion (Set of 2), Rinas Petra Cushion Cover, Rapee Impact Cushion and Linen House Conor Cushion Cover. Browse cushions online at Zanui.

Ikat, Moroccan and Art Deco-inspired designs in navy and white make great accent cushions and integrate well with diverse interiors.

Art Club Concept Moss Cushion
Art Club Concept Moss Cushion and Timeless Romance Print Art. Browse wall art online at Zanui.


Like a stronger statement? Feature walls in deep blue make a statement in your home. Get busy with your brush and do over the room in its entirety. Break it up with pristine white trims and skirting for a preppy nautical tone.

Too blue for you? Restrict yourself to one wall. Paint horizontal 6-inch navy bands for bold sophisticated style. Work with a small roller and masking tape to keep it neat and chic!

Art Club Concept Modern Duo Wall Clock
Art Club Concept Modern Duo Wall Clock, available online at Zanui.

Painting your floorboards deep blue presents another option. It lifts your ceiling height – not literally, of course 😉 – and creates a dynamic canvas to cast your colours upon! Dark blue makes light, bright colours pop.

Want to pep up your kitchen or dining space? Paint the insides of your cupboards navy to showcase your fine bone china! Looking sharp.

Zanui Emil Petrol 3 Seater Sofa, LS Collections Metro Table LampDulux 3
L: Zanui Emil Petrol 3 Seater Sofa, LS Collections Metro Table Lamp and mustard coloured cushions, online at Zanui. R: Dulux appropriates a mid-century palette spliced with apricot and jewel tones for its Infinite Worlds colour scheme. (Image sourced


Renowned for its classic elegance, navy also plays out well within high-contrast palettes. Spin the colour wheel and work with complementary tones. Blue sits opposite orange, with red-orange and yellow-orange as its split-complementary counterparts. These delicious citrus shades energise deep blue.

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Coral and gold hues create luxe colour pops paired with marine blues. L to R: Have You Met Miss Jones Hive Tall Vase, Escape To Paradise Chevron Vase, j. elliot HOME Miami Gold Side Table, and Aura By Tracie Ellis Lattice Cushion, available online at Zanui.

These shades have something of a retro vibe. Mute it further for mid-century mod style. See our post on the colour wheel here for more advice on the dark arts of colour combining.

Cafe Lighting Coco Pendant Light
Cafe Lighting Coco Pendant Light. Browse table and floor lamps online at Zanui.


A little scared of the dark? Work with blue as an accent colour instead for a cosy wintry vibe. Dark furniture is easy-care and injects plush looks instantaneously. Edge further towards the grey spectrum of blue for a more formal look. Like it casual? Lighter denims are for you.

Iniko Clifford Teal 2 Seater SofaHoxton Art House A Minds Eye Canvas Print
L to R: Iniko Clifford Teal 2 Seater Sofa and Hoxton Art House A Minds Eye Canvas Print, available online at Zanui.

Invest in dark shag rugs and deluxe throws for warmth. Arresting artwork in nebular to deep and dusky blues creates a focal point in any room. A navy lamp nestled up to a vase of irises on your console table updates your entryway. And deep blue and white dinner sets and table linen make for vivid entertaining.

iittala Ruutu Vase, Copper, 27cmAura By Tracie Ellis Big Diamond Cushionj. elliot HOME Geo Copper Side TableAmalfi Triple Treat Pendant Light
From L to R: iittala Ruutu Vases, Aura By Tracie Ellis Big Diamond Cushion, j. elliot HOME Geo Copper Side Table, and Amalfi Triple Treat Pendant Light, online at Zanui.

From super-sophisticated to laid-back, navy blue offers opportunities for diverse departures in your decor.

Bring on the winter blues. 😀

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.