Last Updated on January 14, 2019 by Kristi Linauer
I made a decision about the paint color for my hallway doors. If you’ll remember, I had planned to go with one of these colors…
But after several days of looking at those colors and still not being able to make up my mind, I finally decided I was having such a hard time because neither of those colors was the right one.
So I kind of put it out of my mind for a couple of days. Then I came across this picture and fell in love with the colors used. And it made me realize what my life (and my house) is missing…
Dark blue! I have plenty of teal, but I don’t have any dark blue. And just look how beautiful that dark blue rug looks with the teal/turquoise ottoman! So that set me on the path towards dark blue, and after looking at several pictures of navy blue interior doors on Pinterest, I was sure that dark blue is what I needed.
The trick was finding a dark blue that complemented my kitchen cabinets. That was a bit more challenging than I expected since the color on my cabinets is considerably more gray and muted than the bright, vibrant color on the ottoman in the picture above…
And it also needed to complement the grasscloth in the entryway…
All of these areas can be seen from each other. From the entryway, you get a glimpse of both the hallway and the kitchen. From the hallway, you can see the kitchen. And from the back of the kitchen, you can see the hallway. So while it doesn’t all need to be matchy-matchy, I do want it to all work together.
Another issue is that I wanted it to be bright and vibrant enough that it actually looked blue. So many navy and dark blues are so dark that they initially read as black. I definitely wanted mine to read blue.
So I narrowed it down to these bottom four dark blues from Behr…
Inked was way too bright, and Infinite Deep Sea just wasn’t right. I wanted to go with Very Navy, but as much as I willed it to work, it was really fighting with my teals. I thought since it was the darkest one, it would act more as a neutral and work nicely with the teals, but it just wasn’t. I finally realized that it appears to have red undertones in it, and that’s what was making it fight with my teals. So I went with Deep Breath. It’s an interesting color. You can see from the cards above that of all four of the blues, Deep Breath is the one that skews more towards green just ever so slightly. But it’s not enough to actually read as teal. It’s so slight that it works with my teals, but on its own it very much reads as a dark navy blue.
I’m having such a hard time getting accurate pictures in my hallway right now. Without the glass diffuser on my ceiling light (which I decided to try to replace, so I’m just waiting for the company to see if they have one available), that light is kind of blindingly bright. But I think this is a pretty accurate picture…
Here’s how it looks in the natural light only…
Anyway, in person, it’s a really beautiful color, and it definitely reads blue and not black. And when standing in the music room or entryway, it looks really nice with the entryway grasscloth.
That’s the only door that has two coats on it so far. I did get one coat on one of the bathroom doors, so it will darken up a bit with the second coat. But even still, I’m fairly certain that the current vanity color will need to be changed. It’s way too dull to be in such close proximity to the dark blue. I’m actually thinking a green might look pretty. Truth be told, that vanity color has bothered me since I finished that bathroom remodel anyway. That color is stuck somewhere in the muddy middle — it’s not bright enough to be vibrant and fun, and it’s not dark enough to be rich and classy. It’s in the muddy middle.
As far as the walls go, I’m still considering about three different options, but the one that I seem to keep coming back to is the blended ombre with a design on top like this…
I just love how that looks, so as of this moment, that’s the direction I’m leaning. But don’t hold me to it. 🙂 And if I do something like that, I’m still not sure what color I would use. I’m having a hard time making that decision, but I do have a few ideas. I’d like to get my doors painted first, though, so that I can test the colors with the doors and make sure they’ll look nice together. And I haven’t added any trim to my doorways yet because I’m quite certain that doing a wall design like that would be so much easier without having to work around trim.
This hallway is taking way longer than I had expected, but I think it’s going to start coming together in the next few days.
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Theresa POctober 11, 2017 at 10:17 am
Love the door color! Going dark blue/navy is a great idea given your color palette. It’s so classy, but also rich, and also flexible in that it works with a lot of colors.
I agree about the bathroom vanity.
MelodyOctober 11, 2017 at 10:24 am
Yep yep yep! I agree completely!
Sharon COctober 11, 2017 at 10:23 am
Wow, what an awesome color for your hallway doors! Unexpected, but totally awesome!! Personally I love navy blue, it’s classic and timeless and goes with so many other colors. It’s like the ‘neutral’ of colors.
CocoOctober 11, 2017 at 10:42 am
Looks great. I think the vanity is great, as is. I think it all goes together quite nicely. Looking amazing!
DevraOctober 11, 2017 at 10:50 am
Love that blue!!!! Has Peeve used her new litterbox in the cabinet?? Hope she gives it 2 paws up..
KristiOctober 11, 2017 at 11:05 am
No, becasue I still haven’t gotten the plywood inside the cabinets sealed. 🙁 I know I need to do that ASAP, but they guys were here for three days installing the solar tube and the doors and I didn’t want to get in their way. And by the time they were finished, I had moved on to paint colors and was anxious to get the doors painted. 😀 But I need to get that done so that I can get her litter box out of sight.
MicheleOctober 11, 2017 at 10:52 am
Gorgeous color choice for your hall doors. And I can envision how beautifully unified this navy hue will make things. Yes, the bathroom vanity must be redone. But that will only enhance, and not such a huge job. Great work as always and an excellent reminder to us all about how different colors look when placed next to various partners. All lovely independently, but not so good as part of a tableau you are creating.
DebOctober 11, 2017 at 11:09 am
Love the doors. Agree completely. Can’t wait to see the shade you pick for the bathroom vanity.
DebOctober 11, 2017 at 11:10 am
What paint brand is Deep Breath?
KristiOctober 11, 2017 at 11:40 am
Those are all Behr colors.
Lisa EOctober 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm
Pretty! Would have never thought to use those two colors together. When I saw that pic I thought you were going to say contrast and since blue and orange are complimentary colors…..lol!
MargoOctober 11, 2017 at 12:24 pm
Hi Kristi, I love the direction you are going in. I too have been trying to find a good navy for some pieces of furniture I am going to paint. Thanks for your color options. They were not in my collection of paint chips. Also, I have decided to go with gold tone hardware in my “she cave” room, aka craft / laundry room. Please share (again) where you got your kitchen hardware. I can’t seem to find that info. in your posts. Thank you and have a blessed day.
RoseOctober 11, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Your ombre idea reminds me of this wallpaper: it has that effect you’re looking at.. https://www.littlegreene.com/wallpaper/collection/london-wallpapers-iv/upper-brook-street-minuit
It’s featured here: https://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/2017/05/7-ways-add-wow-factor.html/ (scroll down to The Mural of the Story), and the big reveal: https://blog.making-spaces.net/2017/05/15/upper-brook-street-bedroom-final-reveal/ …
Marianne in Mo.October 12, 2017 at 11:17 am
Just getting updated on viewing posts since I was in your neck of the woods this weekend! Very nice blue! At the beginning of this post, I thought “oh no! not such a dark color on the doors, just paint the floor to look like that rug! It will ground the space!” But after seeing the door, I have to say it is cool! As for the vanity, looking at the inspiration photo, I’m drawn to the punch of orange for a wow factor. It is awesome with the teal and dark blue, and looks great with grays. I’m sure you’d disagree, but I think it would be fun in the bathroom. I have a friend who always does something unexpected in her guest bath that makes people smile when they are in there. Love her for that – but I live with a traditionalist who nixes my fun. Boo, pouty-face here! And I like your ombre with design photo too. What a hallway you will have! I’m a bit jellie!