Color My World Challenge – Week 4

Today is week 4 for the Color My World Challenge.

Color My World Challenge is a series that a number of bloggers have been invited to participate in. But, not only have these bloggers been invited to participate, we will all be hosting a link party at the end so that readers can play along and share what they have added to their home.

In this series, you are challenged to add a new color to your home!

✓Examples of Navy in Decor – Tuesday, April 3rd
✓Using Navy in Decor – Tuesday, April 10th
✓Using Navy with Paint – Tuesday, April 17th
✓Using Navy with Fabric – Tuesday, April 24th
Show all three elements and say if you liked the color or not – Tuesday, May 1

Readers are also invited to post links to the color they added to their homes on May 1st. Those photos (and links to blogs) will appear on all 18 of the series participant blogs.  Get your room ready!

How will I be using navy through fabric?

Besides the navy in the pillows, I plan to add navy via fabric on the windows.  I talked about navy for my curtains in my family room here.  And, showed these drawings of possibilities.


The problem with the stripes is that they are expensive to have made.  Much more than just straight panels due to all of the extra sewing involved.  So for now, we’ve decided against it though I do like the idea of having stripes.

My perameters?  Fabric has to be $15/yd or less and hubby has to like it, so that narrows it down!  Now, if I had my way, I’d choose a soft floral.  But, believe me, he’ll have no part in a floral unless maybe it’s just on a small pillow.  So, yep, gotta work with the “client.”


These are better, but the pattern, though approximated on here, may be too busy and compete with other things in the room.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you that I have already made curtains and hung them.  Nope.  I don’t claim to be wonder woman.  haha.  I’m still deciding on fabric.  It’s a significant investment to me, so I want to take a few weeks, gather samples and make a decision that I’m confident about.  Here are some that I’ve considered.


With the Duralee Dalesford Ikat fabric on the lower left, this is approximately what it’d look like.


It competes a bit with the pillows, huh?  And, I’ve got an ikat rug in the next room, visible from here.

Or, how about a smaller scale fabric.


I’m leaning towards this one.  It’s Cross-Section by Waverly.


The reason you should get samples is that you need to check scale to see how it’d look in the room and how well it plays with the other fabrics.  Always vary the scale of prints.

Here it is from further away.  My hubby is holding it up.


It seems to play well with the ceiling and the other pillows.  I’ve ordered a yard of it just to be able to see a larger piece by the window.  I’m giving myself another week to mull over it.

In case you are curious, here is the same fabric in gray, so more neutral.


And, the neutral gray ikat.


But, let’s be honest, we’re not neutral people.  I do love to start with a neutral palette, but it’s time to layer in color.  I mean, I can appreciate and even love a neutral room from afar, but I don’t think I could live in one.

So, stay tuned as we make our final decision.  Still leaning towards something navy!

Which do you like best?

What color are you adding to your home?

Stop by and see how the other bloggers who are participating in this series are incorporating new colors into their homes.

Ange – The Blooming Hydrangea
Anna – A Newfound Treasure
Carmel – Our 5th House
Cassie – Primitive and Proper
Jadyn – Dutch.British.Love
Jessamie - Bird and Branch Redesign
Julia – Black Tag Diaries
Julia – Pawley’s Island Posh
Kristy – Hyphen Interiors
Lisa – Shine Your Light
Lisa – Trapped in North Jersey
Maury – Life on Mars
Shaunna – Perfectly Imperfect
Shelley – Crazy Wonderful
Suzy – Saved by Suzy
Tiffany – Living Savvy
Tiffany – Worthwhile Domicile
Vashti & Jamie – Like me Some…



  1. I looove navy! I think all the samples are awesome grey or navy will both work!

  2. navy curtains will look awesome! can’t wait to see them up!

  3. I’ve always liked the cross-section print. I’m thinking it’ll look great in your space! I see Duralee Dalesford Blue peeking out of your samples. I’m considering it for my master bedroom, but haven’t ordered a sample yet. Does it read cream or white in the background? BTW, your ceiling looks amazing!

    • Thanks! I love that Duralee fabric! Just not right for my space – but maybe the dining later on… Anyway, it defnitely reads ivory, not pure white or totally tan.

  4. What about the blue ikat at the left bottom? I like the Wavery too… beautiful selection of fabrics!

  5. I do like that fabric, but I’m with Tiffany; what about the blue ikat? I’ve seen it and love it too!

    • I am not sure the scale of it is right and there is an ikat rug in the adjacent room… so… yeah.. that’s why I’m on the fence about that one.

  6. Okay, you are going to kill me but I love the stripes…..aghhhh!!!! I also love the Waverly print- it looks great in the room. What about doing off white drapes with a navy.white greek key trim or even a red trim? I saw a room somewhere that had blue/white ikat drapes with a red grossgrain trim and it was killer! Love the room!

  7. I love that last fabric, though I still like the stripes probably the best. You could spray paint them :-) Ha!

  8. I love that fabric! It would be so fun in your living room!

  9. I have the cross section fabric is several places in my room. It’s definitely one of my faves. The Duralee ikat is pretty amazing, but you’re right, I think it might compete with the pillows and your other ikat. You’ve got a lot of great options!

  10. Love the fabric options! I am still totally in love with the stripes, but can definitely see how they’d charge you an arm and a leg. The Cross Section looks pretty great too though!

  11. I love all of the fabrics you posted, but I think I would go with something neutral (like white curtains). Your room and furniture are very neutral, so the the curtains would become the focal point of the room. What is the view like outside your window? Hhhhmmm..maybe gray or navy curtains.

    Do you have art or anything on the walls at this point?

    • I just posted two neutrals. I’m a girl who loves color so the punch of blue is preferred as I tire of neutrals fast. I started with a neutral palette, but I will be weaving in color with possibly curtains, pillows and probably even by painting the coffee table. In addition, accesssories in the room have some color (books and such). I have added a sunburst over the fireplace in a dull gold. No other walls for artwork in the room as it’s open. Great view out the window. I’ve even tossed around solid gray, but honestly, I think it’s too boring and I’d get sick of it. And, I plan to go solid on whatever I do in the adjacent room (same color as in the family room), which is the breakfast room.

      • I forgot to mention that I love all of the choices you have made, so I am certain it will be fabulous! ;)

        Are you considering the gray/navy fabric in the center? I’d love to see your soft floral favorites. :)

        I’m on the search for a dull gold fireplace mirror.

        • I adore that middle fabric and may use it in the dining room, but it’s not right for this room, I don’t think. A dull gold fireplace mirror… not sure if you like a sunburst, but I got mine at Wisteria. :)

  12. I always love seeing the process of how a room evolves and decisions are made. I kind of like the stripes – but I know they can be so expensive to have made! I’m sure whatever you decide will look amazing!

  13. I can’t decide which I like best. I love all your choices. Can’t wait to see what you end up with!

  14. I love navy for the curtains in this big room! Paint stripes perhaps?? I have the navy&white lattice-y one in a roman shade (I don’t know the name of it but it’s on the top of your photo of swatches.) I found the indoor-outdoor fabric version on sale at Joann’s and it was sooooo cheap……I can’t recall exactly but something like $5 a yard…..less than the regular home decorator fabric version.

  15. I am a huge lover of the cross-section fabric, I’ve been wanting ever since Suzy used it in her home and I just can’t find a place for it. I did just pin an awesome navy greek key fabric from that I love too. Excited to see what you pick and glad I’m not the only one who was slacking in the fabric challenge. ;)

  16. I love how this is going to look! I have the crosshatch in charcoal as drapes in my living room and I love how you’ve got in all mixed in with those blues!

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