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Posted on December 21, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy: the best, most classic navy blue

If you’ve been looking for the PERFECT dark blue paint color, have I GOT THE COLOR FOR YOU! Whether you’re painting an entire room, feature wall, front door or cabinets, Hale Navy has the potential to be the PERFECT navy blue – but does this mean it’s perfect for you? We’ll see!

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Can I get a HAAAALE YES for Haaaale Navy?

What type of paint color is Hale Navy? Is it a real navy blue?

You better believe it. Hale Navy is more classic than primary blue and less regal than royal blue – it really is the EPITOME of ‘navy blue’.

Chantilly Lace and feature wall in Hale Navy Benjamin Moore in boys nursery bedroom. Kylie M Interiors paint colour reviews online paint consulting blog

Is Hale Navy a warm or cool paint color?

Hale Navy is definitely a cool paint color – not a wink o’ warmth to be found in this fella!

In these next photos, notice how Hale Navy subtly shifts between day and night, looking SLIGHTLY more muted in the second photo (night)…

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy best navy blue paint colour in den or office, khaki sofa, gallery wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy in small den office with zebra rug, beige tan sofa and gallery wall. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas

With its striking blue hue, you can expect Hale Navy to sit well in any exposure. Some blues with more gray in them can fall a bit flat or dull in rooms with low light or flat exposures – not this one. With its extra dose of chroma (color), Hale Navy always rises to the occasion.

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What’s the LRV of Hale Navy?

Hale Navy has a VERY dark LRV of 8, however, it’s still a bit lighter than its MAIN competition. This low LRV means it’s WELL into the dark range (learn more HERE).

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, White Dove wainscoting, red toned exotic wood floor. Kylie m Interiors E-design, client photo

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What does this low LRV mean?

Well, if you have a super bright room or wall, while Hale Navy WILL look lighter than expected (as will any color in a bright situation), it holds its blue hue CONSIDERABLY well. On the other hand, if you have a low light room, you have to be careful as with its low LRV, it can sometimes look a TOUCH black if you don’t hit it with some good interior lighting. This isn’t to say it won’t still look PRETTY, but you might not see the degree of blue you’re hoping for.

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What are the undertones and general color profile of Hale Navy? 

Hale Navy is absolutely, positively blue with no obvious leaning towards violet or green (the two main tendencies of blue). Again, if you put it in a dark room, you should still see the ‘color’ of it as long as you have SOME reasonable interior lighting.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, LRV and a home office with white cabinets and home decor by Kylie M INteriors E-Design and Color Consultant

What’s the best way to sample Hale Navy?

Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!


What’s the best white trim or cabinet color with Hale Navy walls?

Alternatively, you might ask ‘what’s the best white WALL color with Hale Navy cabinets?

Hale Navy is pretty darned flexible, humouring a WIDE range of white paint colors. Here are a few of my personal faves…

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Is Hale Navy a good color for the exterior of my home? 

Hale Navy could be an interesting choice for exterior siding if you want a strong, striking look with white trim, but it has to suit the other features of your home and it could overwhelm many stone and brick surfaces.

On the other hand, a front door color, Hale Navy is pretty friggin’ fantastic…

Front door painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, blue siding and white trim. Best paint colour. Kylie M E-design

So, it’s not a hard-no for the exterior, it’s just a ‘tread carefully’. And make sure you SAMPLE and COMPARE Hale Navy to some of the other popular blue paint colors!

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Is Hale Navy a popular navy blue paint color?

Definitely, Hale Navy is one of the TOP navy blue paint colors. You might also like the slightly lighter approach of Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, same idea, but lighter.

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, navy blue with red brick feature wall in dark hallway. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting, virtual

Is Hale Navy a good paint color for kitchen cabinets or an island?

You better believe it. Hale Navy is an awesome addition to a kitchen, as long as your countertop, backsplash and flooring can accommodate it – not all kitchens can do blue!

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Bathroom, navy blue vanity similar Benjamin Hale Navy, beige, white blue hexagon tile backsplash. white quartz countertop, Egret White Sherwin Williams paint on walls

VERY SIMILAR to Hale Navy (manufacturer’s color)

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What type of paint colors look good with Hale Navy?

There are TONS of paint colors that would love to be partnered with Hale Navy…


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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. In our kitchen remodel, we are painting the walls, trim, ceiling and cabinets white dove. I want to paint the island hale navy. As far as the kitchen countertops go, I really want to go with a quartz, preferably a white with gray veining. Do you think that will all go together?

  2. I love all your input on this color! I’m glad to hear it doesn’t have violet or green leanings as I want a true blue. You said it would pair with some creams as long as they’re not too yellow, but I’m wondering if you think Hale Navy would pair well with a true yellow. You say there’s not a wink of warmth in Hale Navy, would that be a good contrast to yellow or would I need a warm blue? Thanks for all the genius and hard work you pour into these blogs.

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