Our Favorite Navy Paint Colors

The best navy paint colors from light to dark. 

Hi guys! Jenny here from Evolution of Style and I’m so excited to be here with you today at The Creativity Exchange to talk about one of my favorite topics – paint colors!  Navy paint colors that is!

Color trends are always a hot topic, and today I’m here to talk about one of my all-time favorite colors – navy blue.  It’s been a long standing classic for me, and I’ll admit that I had navy blue bridesmaid’s dresses, 22 years ago, and continue to find myself drawn to it.  So, I guess it makes sense that I have also incorporated it in my own home, with paint, furniture and accessories.  The great thing about navy blue is that you can treat it as a neutral.  Think about it – navy blue goes with anything – orange, yellow, green, gray, you name it.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Vanity painted in Hale Navy Benjamin Moore. Studio McGee

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy via Studio McGee

I think one of the things I love most about navy blue is that it exudes such a crisp, clean and classic look.  Spaces like these still draw me in and leave me wanting to incorporate more navy in my own home.  It all depends on how big of a commitment you want to make to incorporate navy blue as a neutral – there are a lot of options.

This bathroom is one of my favorites.  Such a gorgeous mix of color, pattern and finishes, and the navy cabinetry is timeless.

Guest bathroom

Navy blue is on my list for my laundry room redo, I just haven’t decided how to add it yet.  Cabinetry or walls? Seeing photos like this one have me wanting navy cabinets
Navy Laundry Room

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy via Studio McGee


 But navy walls are another option.  It’s so sharp in this gorgeous office space painted with Benjamin Moore Old Navy.  The view isn’t too shabby either.

Navy Blue OfficePhoto by Shawn St.Peter PhotographyLook for contemporary home office design inspiration

How about this clean and crisp bathroom with the navy subway tiles and striking wood vanity.  Perfection.Navy Bathroom


Kitchens like this one make me want to paint my island navy blue.  The island and lower cabinets are Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy.

COA 12th Avenue

Another beauty – this island is Benjamin Moore’s Stunning.  Indeed it is.

Westport New home


You don’t have to necessarily paint or go bold to introduce navy into your home.  You can see here that this room is overwhelmingly neutral, and the navy serves as an accent that could be easily switched out with something different when your tastes change.  Even if you keep the window treatments.

This room exudes an eclectic vibe, and the navy works with it seamlessly.

Studio Marcelo Brito

I love the mix of navy and orange too – this is so sharp.  Nice pops of color, but the room still has a neutral feel overall.

Traditional Bedroom

Look at the pretty pops of pattern in here – so fresh, so crisp.  Almost a tone on tone look, but with navy serving as the other neutral in here.

January 2016 Southwest Florida Edition

This family room is a stunner with the striped rug and geometric patterned chairs.  

Street of Dreams Summer 2014

I know I’m overusing the word fresh, but I’m hard pressed to come up with another word that captures the vibe of this room (a larger view of the eclectic space I shared earlier).  Perhaps, vacation house is a good word alternative?  Notice that instead of the usual white or black, the frames on the wall are navy.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Here’s another view of this room, and you can see how they incorporated red into this space as well.  It’s really seamless, how it all comes together.  A great mix of color, pattern, and texture.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Photo by Studio Marcelo BritoMore beach style living room photos

 I consider navy as a neutral when it comes to furniture as well.  It’s as easy to incorporate as white or black furniture pieces, in my mind.  I’ve said it before, but think about navy in the same way as you do a good pair of jeans.  They go with anything.

Vintage Poster Inspired Design

Photo by Laura Lee HomeDiscover traditional living room design inspiration

I love it as an exterior color as well – it just blends in beautifully with nature, doesn’t it?


It’s no secret that I adore this stunning wall treatment (and just about everything Sarah does) from Life on Virginia Street, in navy.  Navy + molding = amazing.

The great thing about navy as a neutral is that you don’t have to go all in with wall color or even furniture to incorporate navy into your home.  There are some great accessories out there that are at your disposal to bring in the navy without making a full-blown commitment.

Given that my daughter asked for a record player for Christmas, I’m guessing she would love this old school rotary phone in navy. I certainly love it, and don’t think I’d even mind being tethered to a cord.

Artwork is another great way to add touches of navy to your home.  I’m finding myself drawn to large scale artwork a lot lately, and this piece really caught my eye.

You can go even simpler with a pretty navy blue throw blanket.

Are you noticing navy lately?  Are you a fan?  If so, how have you incorporated it into your own home?  

If you’re looking to compare navy paint colors, Cyndy and I pulled together our favorites below.

The best navy paint colors from light to dark.

I’m happy to have shared my navy blue crush with all of you and would love to see you over at my blog, Evolution of Style.


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3 Responses to Our Favorite Navy Paint Colors

  1. Nancy Hrba says:

    Love it! I really want to thank you for all the trouble you go
    through putting this out there on your blog and saving us
    valuable time.

  2. Camille says:

    We are remodeling our kitchen, for cabinetry used SW pure white and….Hale Navy on the island. Also used SW Egret White on the walls by the way and we are happy with it. But by far the Hale Navy island is my favorite! Will be using navy in other big and small ways throughout my house to tie it all together. Cyndy responded to a question about cabinet paint colors that I sent her and Hale Navy was one of her suggestions–so glad I went that direction. Thank you for all the great information you all share. I really feel like your ideas are attainable, fresh, and timely but not over the top trendy. Keep up the great work!

  3. Mindi says:

    I am remodeling my kitchen with all white shaker cabinets on the perimeter and a small island that I’d like to be blue. I wonder if you can tell me the difference between Hale Navy and Old Navy? Is one darker/lighter? My windows will be black so I’m a little nervous if I go too dark a navy will it look black – but a different black – from the windows? (Might be overthinking this, but I only want to paint once haha!)

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