Color Crush: Navy Blue

Arguably the most versatile shade of blue, navy works well when paired with neutral, saturated or soft hues, and the color can be easily incorporated into interior design, fashion, art, and even food. A soothing shade that instantly imparts style that is at once timeless and of-the-moment, navy blue can act as a backdrop for layers of color, or it can be the focal point in a space. 

For Beth Haley, “navy has always been a solid, strong, and steady color that grounds a space and exudes confidence. Like the deep blue ocean, classic and reliable navy can radiate a calmness when used on its own or energize a space when paired with one of the many colors it complements.”

Today, we take a look at inspiring ways in which the soothing and sophisticated shade is used and share images that motivate us to incorporate navy blue into our homes and wardrobes.

A cozy space
Image: The Foxes Den

Blue is a cozy color, making the bedroom a fitting place to incorporate the deep tones of navy blue, which will hopefully inspire a deeper sleep.

Sophisticate shade of blue, navy belongs in fashion and interior design.
Image: Theory + Net-a-Porter

A sophisticated shade of blue, navy finds its way into formal fashion. Dare we declare a little navy dress is as necessary as a little black dress?

Navy couches are all the rage — we can see why.
Image: nest

Navy couches are becoming more common in the designs of today, and they look phenomenal when paired with rich hues of green and gray.

Blue belongs everywhere — even on the walls. The bold color is a far-from-boring backdrop to the interesting elements in the space, designed by Beth Haley.

A sweet shot of a timeless color combination
Image: Oroboro Store

The ideal counterpoint to a crisp white, navy works well when it can pop against a neutral tone. In fashion (and interior design), there are few pairings more classic than navy blue and white.

Different shades of blue come together in this thoughtful design
Image: Reid Rolls

Various shades of blue work together in this space, designed by Beth Haley. We particularly love the navy blue fireplace.

A beautiful pie with a color palette we adore
Image: Erol Ahmed

Blues are hiding everywhere, not just in design. This delicious imagery makes us hungry for rich color — and pie.

A sophisticated dining space that doesn't take itself too seriously
Image: Reid Rolls

Another space in which Beth Haley brought various shades of blue into the design, this dining room uses navy chairs, with a geometric pattern, to add energy and personality and meet in the middle of formal and comfortable.

As we mentioned, navy blue and crisp white is a winning combination of colors. In this bathroom, the lines and colors create a clean design that is timeless.

Are you hooked on navy after feasting your eyes on all that navy goodness? We sure are.

Blue isn’t the only color we are crushing on. Chartreuse green is another Beth Haley Design favorite. Read more here.

Discover more of our blog posts here. We cover everything from color to coffee table books to functional design, and we can even help you discover your design style.

By |June 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Color Crush: Navy Blue|

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Inspiration abounds, from the glossy pages of a magazine to art on the walls to colors in nature. Here at Beth Haley Design, we look to homeowners to discover where they find inspiration and creatively infuse inspiring elements into their homes. Whether you are partial to bright yellows, modern aesthetics, or colors and characteristics that celebrate your heritage, Beth Haley Design can create a space with small personal touches that reflect you. Each design starts with a spark of inspiration, and today, we explore three projects and their muse(s).

A Touch of Yellow

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Uncovered while flipping through (an old issue of) Dwell Magazine, these cheerful spaces became inspiration for the project we have dubbed: A Touch of Yellow. Drawn to the pops of yellow and strong architectural lines, Beth Haley mimicked aspects of the Dwell-featured designs to create a space that is at once contemporary and timeless and is, above all, a work of art.

A space inspired by rich color and cool architectural lines | Beth Haley Design
A space inspired by rich color and cool architectural lines | Beth Haley Design

Images by Nick McGinn

A Midcentury Moment

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

A design movement defined by functionality, sleek surfaces, and organic materials, midcentury modern décor welcomes function and form. Spaces that expertly showcase an application of midcentury style helped dictate the design of this kitchen, which focuses on clean lines, warm wood, and cool colors.

A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design
A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design
A Midcentury Modern Moment | Beth Haley Design

Images by Andrea Behrends

A Colorful Nod to Hispanic Heritage

The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs

Drawing from homeowners Hispanic heritage, this client looked to architect Ricardo Legorreta for inspiration on this color-drenched design. Intriguing color pairings and interesting architectural elements playfully interact, yielding a design that is fresh and stimulating.

A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design
A Colorful Nod to Mexican Heritage | Beth Haley Design

Images by Nick McGinn

The creative workings of Beth Haley Design bring together inspiration and preferences of the homeowner, resulting in spaces that are meaningful and livable. Find what inspires you, and apply it to the design of your home. Need guidance? We are always happy to help!


Discover more of our blog posts here. We cover everything from color to coffee table books to functional design, and we can even help you discover your design style.

By |June 5th, 2019|Art, BHD Projects, Color, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Trends, Inspiration, Nashville, Tile|Comments Off on The Inspiration Behind 3 of Our Favorite Designs|

Defining Interior Design Styles

A close examination of the defining individual elements of a space reveal the singular threads of style that run through each category of interior design, from contemporary to eclectic. Contemporary comes with clean lines, while traditional design carries depth and texture. Farmhouse interiors differ greatly from industrial design, although both make use of raw materials. Bohemian and eclectic styles are also widely different, despite sharing similarities. And a glamorous space is at once playful and sophisticated.


Defined by clean lines and a simple aesthetic, contemporary design is fresh, dynamic, of-the-moment, and, often, monochromatic. The ever-popular all-white kitchens are entirely contemporary, as are light-filled open floor plans. This design style continues to evolve while maintaining celebrated characteristics — think minimalism, sleek surfaces, linear architecture, and neutral color palettes, too. While minimalism can feel stark, it can also be peaceful and focused due to its simplicity and by creating sculpture in the mundane.

Contemporary design with modern finishes
Contemporary design is boldly reimagined with the incorporation of modern finishings in this kitchen, with its white-and-grey color scheme, open shelving, and mid-century-inspired elements.
Image: Reid Rolls Photography
A striking space that showcases contemporary design
Modern and contemporary designs share many of the same ingredients of design. This bathroom showcases a modern approach, while utilizing contemporary components.
Image: Nick McGinn


Timeless and elegant, traditional design is, generally, the most familiar style. Crafted with an emphasis on livability and sophistication, traditional spaces incorporate texture, depth, and boldness — without being stuffy nor boring. Hallmarks of traditional design hail from the 18th and 19th centuries with heavy European influence. This design style embraces antiques, built-in cabinets and molding, plush fabrics, and art.

Traditional, contemporary, traditional and more — design styles you need to know
Bringing traditional design style into the modern day, this space wisely mixes materials and textures. The result is a sophisticated space outfitted in timeless elegance.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Interior Design Styles Explained
Wallpaper has recently seen a resurgence (more on that later), and it remains a staple in traditional design. Here, every element works together to create a fresh, classic design.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Interior Design Styles Explained
Built-in cabinets paired with all-white surroundings illustrate a modern approach to traditional design.
Image: Andrea Behrends


A dominating trend in interior design style is the combination of contemporary and traditional styles. Traditional spaces can air on the side of formal, so modern pieces are incorporated to soften the space. In transitional design, the lines are blurry, and the rules aren’t clear — which makes it fun. Modern embellishments and traditional bones work together to create a cohesive look.

Transitional design decoded
Impactful contemporary art is an easy way to modernize a space and infuse personality and pops of purple play well against the neutral color palette. The design is contemporary while also traditional.
Image: Andrea Behrends
Clean lines and minimalist finishes in a picture-perfect kitchen
Clean lines and minimalist finishes blend with notes of traditional design, resulting in a contemporary kitchen that can stand the test of time.
Image: Andrea Behrends


Known for salvaged materials, rustic undertones, and reclaimed wood, farmhouses are warm, charming, and jam-packed with character. Farmhouse style remains a dominating décor trend, but today, designers take a refined approach to the well-worn design style.

What is your design style?
Exposed brick walls, warm wood floors, and a slider barn door evoke a farmhouse vibe in this hallway designed to accommodate a spot for the dogs to dine and a farmhouse sink for flower arranging.
Image: Andrea Behrends


A style reserved for the discerning homeowner, glamorous design is at once fashionable and luxurious. Splurge-worthy and statement-making art, materials, and furniture make up a glamorous space — whether it be the living room, bedroom, or dining area.

A glamorous space to call your own
Materials rich in texture and color introduce a touch of glamour to this otherwise industrial space.
Image: Andrea Behrends
a bathroom that screams glamor
A combination of black and grey introduces drama to any space, such as this bathroom. High-end finishes and luxe materials scream glamor.
Image: Andrea Behrends


Layered touches of color and texture come together unexpectedly in Bohemian design. The California cool, laid-back style celebrates creativity and incorporates a mix of materials, art, and color. Teals, pinks, and royal blues are colors commonly associated with this design style.

What is your design style?
The easiest expression of style is through art. For example, in this bohemian design, each piece was thoughtfully chosen as a representation of the homeowner’s style.
Image: Nick McGinn
Bohemian design reimagined
A space that combines various design styles, this bathroom falls under the category of bohemian thanks to the teal chandelier that hangs above the vanity.


An uptick in renovation of old warehouses has resulted in an uptick in industrial design, predominantly in restaurants — but the elements of industrial design feel right at home in residential spaces, as well. Organic materials are at the heart of industrial design, which highlights raw ingredients, such as exposed brick, steel, and wood.

What is your design style?
Showcasing every element of industrial design imaginable, this space is at once sleek and rustic.
Image: Andrea Behrends


Eclectic design style, by its nature, is difficult to define. One-of-a-kind elements come together to create one-of-a-kind designs that express the stylistic preferences of the homeowner. Sometimes chaotic and always unique, you’ll recognize an eclectic design when you see it.

Understanding eclectic design
A combination of styles come together with artful elements in this eclectic space with modern tendencies.
Image: Reid Rolls
Pops of green bring this corner to life
A favorite corner in the Beth Haley showroom, this space undoubtedly showcases eclectic design that celebrates our favorite color: green.
Image: Leila Grossman

Ultimately, the most important thing is to find the style that works for you. What is your design style?


Discover more of our blog posts here. We cover everything from color to coffee table books to functional design.

By |May 29th, 2019|BHD Projects, Decorating, Design Elements, Design Musings, Design Trends, Inspiration, Room Designs, Trend Spotting|Comments Off on Defining Interior Design Styles|