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The Most Recommended Navy Blue Paint

Navy blue paint colors are the kings of classic. Just like that perfect pair of blue jeans that goes with every color, navy is just as versatile with all colors in all different styles of interior design. But finding the perfect navy blue can be tricky.

When in doubt in situations where you want a pop of color, dark blue paint is always a safe bet. Because it can still act like a neutral.

Ever since we used navy in our home office, I’ve been determined to use it in a big way somewhere else in our home.

The best navy blue paint recommended by designers

This week, the construction dust finally settled from the water damage repairs long enough around here for us to paint our dining room. We wanted it to be bold, cozy, but most of all, we wanted it to be timeless!

I am so over the moon in love with these navy walls!

Romabio Blue Ridge Parkway - navy blue paint in dining room

We used our next paint color added to the Bless’er House paint color line with Romabio called Blue Ridge Parkway. It is an absolutely stunning dark blue paint.

If you’ve ever been baffled trying to find the perfect navy blue for your home (I especially love it on kitchen cabinets, islands, and furniture), consider this my shameless plug for Romabio Blue Ridge Parkway. BUT this list of other navy paint colors, widely recommended by designers, are real winners too.

After years of trying out swatches and using navy in our own home, this is our running list of favorites.

The 8 Best Navy Blue Paint Colors

1. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy - navy blue cabinet color in home office

2. Sherwin Williams Blue Note

3. Benjamin Moore Polo Blue

4. Sherwin Williams Naval

Sherwin Williams Naval - navy blue paint on kitchen cabinets
Sherwin Williams

5. Benjamin Moore Newportbury Blue

Benjamin Moore Newportbury Blue - Cory Connor Designs - dark blue paint in a study
Source: Cory Connor Designs

6. Behr Chimney

7. Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue

8. Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

Farrow and Ball Hague Blue - Park & Oak Design
Source: Park & Oak

What paint color sheen should I use?

Generally these are the typical recommendations for paint sheens (though rules can often be broken).

Ceilings – flat

Walls – eggshell (since eggshell can be wiped clean but isn’t shiny)

Cabinets – satin is most recommended, but semi-gloss can be used if you prefer that extra shine

Trim/doors – We typically use semigloss for a more traditional look, but satin works well for a more modern look.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on office cabinet

How do I find which paint color is right for my space?

Sample, sample, sample.

  1. Narrow down your favorite colors to a select few from color swatch cards.
  2. Have color sample paints mixed at your local paint store to test at home.
  3. Brush the sample paint colors on 3-4 white foam poster boards and tape them up on various walls in the room. The white poster board will allow your eye to see any undertones.
  4. Look at the paint colors in the room in different lamp lighting, overhead lighting, as well as changing natural light throughout the day and night.

See more tips for how to find the best paint colors here.

sampling navy blue paint colors on a cabinet

What paint color works in every room?

That’s the kicker. There is no such thing as a paint color that works in every room because lighting in every home is always different and lighting changes our perception of color.

Do you have a favorite navy blue paint color you’d add to the list? Have you painted anything navy in your house that you’re completely in love with?!

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21 Comments

  1. So funny – I blurted out navy to your question before I clicked to see your answer! Thanks for including the 8 samples above. The one that stands out to me as navy is the Sherwin-Williams Naval. The color you chose for your dining room looks lovely. I look forward to seeing the room finished.

  2. I use satin on my trim. I used to use semi-gloss but when we bought our current house, the molding trim in our dining room was painted with just the slightest, very subtle sheen and I loved it. That’s what I am using for my board and batten in the hall and bathrooms too.

  3. It seems to me, as I have been seeing things, navy is becoming the new gray. I’m looking forward to seeing the progression of your dining room. Bless your heart for all you have been through. Not easy in any respect.

  4. We used Benjamin Moore Blue Note on our fireplace and built ins. It’s stunning. I wasn’t aware Sherwin Williams also had a Blue Note. Readers will want to make sure they are getting the right color from the right supplier or they may be surprised…

  5. Where can you find this shade? I went to the Romabio webpage and they don’t show it. Also went to the Amazon site you shared, and it is not there either. This is beautiful, by the way! Love!

    1. It’s coming soon and will launch on Amazon. Covid has caused a delay for many paint suppliers unfortunately.

  6. I love your dining room walls! This last spring we painted our living room Slate (a dark blue) by Sherwin Williams. It feels cozy, yet also feels airy for summer with sheer curtains and lots of white accents. Today we will finish painting the outside of our house in BM’s Hale Navy; I love it! I agree that blue paint is like a good pair of denim jeans: it goes with most everything!

  7. Gray is so overused these days. We just finished house shopping and some homes were completely totally head to toe gray. Yikes.
    I do love Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. My dilemma is I’m familiar with Benjamin Moore paint colors and our contractor has an account with Sherwin Williams. So confusing to me, so far, I’m striking out. Not only that, but I always do my own painting. It’s hard to let go!!

    1. Hi there….I hope you don’t mind me stepping in here….I am a BM fan as well and have always used their colours in my home. My contractor has an account with SW too…it seems like they all do. I chose Edgemcomb Grey and Revere Pewter for my main floor. My contractor went ahead and asked for these colours at SW. He told me he does this all the time. Well!!!!! Edgecomb Grey had a pink undertone to it. It didn’t at BM…He had purchased all of the required paint and it was quite an argument to get him to purchase new paint from BM on HIS dime!!!! I was frantic! LOL…..so lesson learned….SW might have great paint but only purchase a small amount to do a colour check!!!
      Have a wonderful day.
      Savvy Snowbirds.com

  8. We used Sherwin Williams Naval on the shutters on our home. They were an ugly shade of red when we bought the house last September. Something so simple, completely changed the look of the front of the house. We just love it!

  9. to each, his own! lol. but noooooo! I loved the gray/white – that’s also classic and timeless – cleaner & crisp tone. But you were ready to try something new, like you said, Seems like a color more for an office to me, but I’m glad you love it. Too man-cave for me, but since you switch your rooms so often – I’ll be anxious to see what you do with this. I see lots of white coming! lol

  10. I shall miss your beautiful gray dining room, but this looks totally AWESOME! Yes, it is a timeless, but edgy color. Best wishes. Cant wait to see how you style the room.

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