Dear Stuck with the Blues,
I’m sorry to hear you have to live with navy carpet, but at least it’s not the worst color to have to work with. Pity the people who have pink or teal!
If I were you, I’d go for a simple blue and white bedroom that works with it. You could paint the walls a light yellow, toasty tan, pale blue, or white. I would keep the color scheme as limited as possible–maybe one other accent color, but that’s it. Make the rest of the room fabulous enough, and maybe you won’t notice the navy carpet as much.
Blue with shades of brown or green are also popular right now, but since you already chose a blue and white comforter (shown above), let’s go with that.
Here are some examples of blue and white bedrooms that I hope will inspire you.
In this blue and white bedroom (Pottery Barn catalog), you can see how well the blue and white bedding works with crisp white walls and dark wood, and just a shot of yellow with the flowers:
Here’s a room with yellow walls (found here):
Here’s a room from House and Gardens that has blue walls and at a least a little blue in the carpet (so far I haven’t been able to find a room with navy carpet like yours, though!):
This is Jane Seymour’s guest bedroom, featured in her book Making Yourself at Home (why they only photographed half of the bed, I have no idea, but I wanted to show you how it would look with a blue upholstered headboard):
This room shows how sophisticated tan or khaki walls can look with blue and white (Southern Living Idea House):
What I wouldn’t do–use any brighter blues like this (via Apartment Therapy). I think you’ll need to stick with pale, powdery, or slate blue tones so that the navy blends into the room better:
Now I’ll open it up to all of my creative and talented readers. What do you think? Got any good decorating advice for working around navy carpeting? Has anyone had a similar dilemma that they found a solution for? We’d love to hear it!
UPDATE: Here’s what the Bed, Bath & Beyond bedding she bought would look like with khaki walls and pillows (thanks to a reader for Photoshopping this together). Looks good, right?