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New House: Hale Navy in the Den

July 2, 2014

I have to give complete credit to Matthew for knocking out this project last week.  I felt productive because I picked up a paint swatch of Hale Navy on Friday afternoon.  I assumed that would hang on our wall for at least six months.  That's usually how I operate.  But Matthew came home, picked up the swatch, said okay, let's paint.

I won't bore you with the details.  He cut in with a brush and rolled the rest.  We color matched to Sherwin Williams' Solo Paint because it's right by our house and they were having a sale.  I've never really had and problems color matching this way.  It took two coats and we were done!

If you follow along on instagram, you know we had some debate over what to do with the chair rail.  In a perfect world, we'd remove it.  But that's just one extra DIY we weren't interested in right now.  In the end we decided to paint the chair rail Hale Navy along with the walls.  It actually looked nice against the crisp white, but aren't going for a nautical look in here.  It's a den.  A men's den.  The uninterrupted dark color is moodier which we love.

This room is also a giant mix of hand-me down furniture.  Some of the accessories and pillows are things I've picked out, but we're mostly working with what we've got here.  I love how the dark color really makes everything pop and feel cohesive.  The room also feels about 50 years younger already, which I love.


 This room still has a long way to go before I'll be completely satisfied.  New pillows and new window panels are first up.  I'm also contemplating bringing in a darker, more traditional persian rug.

As you can see in the last picture, the flow from our light colored foyer (Classic Gray) through to the mostly white kitchen still works.  The opposite view, into the dining room, has me ready to paint.  I don't plan on doing anything so bold as the Hale Navy but I think a little color would be nice.

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41 comments:

  1. It looks absolutely superb! I love love love it and as I said on instagram, kudos to you for going with your gut and painting the chair rail too! Love your home!

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  2. Love, love the navy. And I also love the chair rail painted much more than leaving it white. Looks much more modern that way.

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  3. Beautiful color and I love the masculine touches :)

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  4. It is fantastic! Really great color for that space. I love the shot of the bar with the duck above--magazine worthy.

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  5. Love it!!! Great color to pop the light colors in that room and as you said, give a masculine vibe. I like too how the color divides the adjoining rooms. High five little mama!

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  6. so dreamy! our bedroom in our old apartment was navy blue, and it makes it feel so cozy and chic. love the brown leather couch too!

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  7. I think it looks great! Have you thought of the darker rug from your master bedroom? Maybe some red would be nice in there. Love all the changes, excited to see what you pick for the dining room color.

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  8. Looks great!! Hale Navy is one of my favorites right now. Our island will be painted hale navy and our kitchen has light grey cabinets. I think it's a versatile color! I also love the white drapes. Perhaps you could put a cool trim on the edges??? Hobby Lobby actually has some very good looking trim for not much out of pocket. Can't wait to see how it all ends up!

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  9. Love everything about this!! I was one of the ones on instagram who said keep the chair rail white but now I'm so happy that you painted it- the solid blue is much more masculine for den.

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  10. This looks AMAZING! I LOVE Hale Navy!

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  11. I used this in a hallway to create some drama and I adore it. Such a great color!

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  12. looks great!! I love how it looks looking in from the hallway!! so crisp and fresh without being too dark and over whelming!!

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  13. Perfecttttt color - and I love that y'all decided to paint the chair rail, it gives it an even more cozy feel

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  14. Love the color! Good choice in painting the chair rail, too.

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  15. Love love love Hale Navy!!! I have used it on so many projects even on cabinetry!! Gorgeous!! Can't wait to see it all done!!

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  16. Sorry I see now that it is done!! Looks fabulous!! Where are you using your curved sofa? I have the same exact sofa...and I feel that we have this love hate relationship going on! One minute I love her and the next I hate her. I just can't seem to figure out how to position it in my long narrow family room.

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    1. We sold it to my good friend :) If we hadn't gotten the extra sofas from my inlaws and my parents I would have kept it. I love it centered on the long wall with open glass and metal etageries on either side. That was my plan. Spray paint the ikea ones

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    2. Great idea...I haven't seen the ikea?! I will have to check them out!!

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  17. Stunning house! I love the colors (specially the navy) and then that classic touch given by some items mixed with modern ones...awesome.

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  18. Love the color and how this room is coming together! Such a great space!

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  19. It looks so good!!!! I want to find something to paint Hale Navy now! :)

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  20. Oh I love the paint. It looks beautiful
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  21. Loving everything. And I agree with you on adding in a dark colored Persian rug. It will tie it all together.

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  22. I'm normally not one for super dark or intense wall colors, but this looks amazing! So glad you painted the chair rails - they look beautiful!

    Emily
    www.cooperthames.com

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  23. I love love love this room! The color is stunning, and that couch just fits in perfectly. :)

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  24. Hale Navy is my go to navy!! Your den looks so rich with this color on it's wall.

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  25. The navy looks so pretty! I love the darkness of it and the counter bar is also super cool.

    Kasey
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  26. Love it! And love when husbands don't let us procrastinate (and therefore debate decisions)!

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  27. So happy you took the plunge!! It looks so pretty...I mean "manly" for Matthew's sake! haha

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  28. Looks amazing. Love the color!

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  29. oh my gosh - this looks fantastic J. so glad you just WENT FOR IT. it pays off!!!! i can totally see that blue ottoman covered in a small oriental or turkish rug, either just thrown over or upholstered. that rooster just pops against the blue background

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  30. Love that color! I have it in one of our bathrooms that has a manly vibe, too! Have you considered using the rug that you have in your master bedroom in the den? I think that's a darker persian type rug, right?

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  31. This looks beyond gorgeous! And the chair rail painted the same color is perfection!

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  33. Looks like it was meant to be- His stuff fits in there perfectly like it's been that way all along! Love the duck on the wall and your rooster painting. It is such a handsome room! xo Nancy

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  34. The other night, Bryce and I were having a cocktail in my girlie sunroom and I mentioned that in the future he's going to have to get used to decor that's more a happy medium between my ultra girlie sunroom and the manliness of the rest of the house! He said he was fine with that as long as he could have a masculine study. I immediately pulled up this post to show him, haha! Our favorite part is the bar area...everything about it is perfection, especially the mallard above the mirror!

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  35. Awesome post! I really love your blog, keep up the great work here!

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