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A colour associated with the uniforms that gave it its name, navy is a shade we’re all familiar with wearing. Jeans, jumpers and suits in this colour are everywhere – but have you ever thought about bringing this classic, never-out-of-style shade into your home?

Navy walls are a stunning way to transform any room. And, just like in fashion, introducing tan leather to complement the navy is a great way to pull the whole look together.

In essence the tan and navy lookis simple to achieve, making bold blocks of navy the focus of the space. Break up the intense colour with hints of tan leather and wooden furniture or accessories. If you’re looking for a simple, yet transformative style that’s easy to implement in your home, you’re sure to prefer this look to more intricate styles such as the artisan and global or dark florals trends that have also been popular in recent years.

Experimenting with navy tones

You might be forgiven for thinking that blue is an audacious colour option for your home, but it’s made a real comeback in interiors.  Blue doesn’t have to be bright and vibrant to make an impact; deep blue shades provide a moody backdrop to furnishings – a dramatic and inviting canvas to build on. This colour can really come alive in your home when used right, especially when combined with tan elements.

Using navy as the main wall colour of the room – whether painted or with a simple textured wallpaper – provides the backdrop from which you can build up the rest of the space. If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful panelling in your home, paint it navy and use white or cream to trim the wood. If you love this look but don’t have wood panelling, it might just be time for a DIY project. Panelling can easily be added to your space – it doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can use it as a feature wall rather than applying it to the whole room.

Introducing tan

A tan leather sofa is one of the easiest, and most effective ways of bringing this look to life. The rich tones of 100% natural aniline leather look absolutely stunning when placed in a navy themed room. The most natural type of leather, aniline is full of character. All the scars, marks and brands that naturally occur on the raw hide, make each sofa beautifully unique to you. The Mazzini sofa range is a perfect fit, carefully handcrafted in aniline leather; and available in a lighter Utah tan or darker Texas tan shade, so you can vary the look slightly by choosing a deeper shade of brown if you wish.

If a darker shade of sofa is what you’re looking for, then choose the Galleria. A stunningly curvaceous sofa, the Galleria is also handcrafted in 100% natural aniline leather and is available in lighter shades, but in the darker brown it truly looks amazing. The intricate contrast thread blanket stitch adds durability and style to the sofa, ensuring you’ll love to come home to it for years.

If you want to add a hint of glamour to your space, choose our Fellini sofa. Also available in aniline leather, this tan sofa has the added intricate feature of stunning stitching lines along the sides of the arms and base of the sofa.

Accessorise to finish the look

This look offers a lot of freedom for you to accessorise as you see fit. In some other trends, like dark florals, there’s a distinct pattern to work around or, with a mixed metallics look, a certain type of furniture that you need to use in the space. With this theme, the freedom is there to use metallic or wooden furniture, to use wicker or ceramic elements, or to keep the room simplistic with hardly any accessories in it at all. One key thing to bear in mind is light – keep the room as bright and airy as possible by using light wooden furniture and bright accessories where possible.

Introducing small touches of metal, like metallic lamps, vases or wall hangings, can really help to keep this space bright, adding different colours and texture. Little metallic hints like hand nailed studs on your sofa can make all the difference in ensuring the room doesn’t become too dim.

Why a Sofology sofa is superior

It doesn’t matter which sofa range you choose for your home, you’ll feel the difference in every Sofology sofa because they’re better by design. We carefully handcraft our sofas with the little things in mind, so that you can be happy on your sofa for years to come. Whether you’re looking for a leather or fabric sofa for your living room refresh, you can browse over 200 of our exclusive ranges at sofology.co.uk

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