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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Navajo White OC-95

Posted on December 19, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

One of the most POPULAR cream paint colours – Navajo White

While gray, greige and beige take turns on the great wheel of trends, there’s one colour that has a certain TIMELESS quality to it, and that colour is cream. This is why we’re taking a look at one of my FAVOURITE cream paint colours, Benjamin Moore Navajo White.

Paint colour review of timeless paint colour trend, Benjamin Moore Navajo White, best cream paint color. Kylie M Interiors design advice blogger

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint colour is Navajo White? Is it WHITE?

HECK NO! Even though its name suggests otherwise, Navajo White is definitely not a white paint colour, it’s a CREAM paint colour and a wicked one at that.

EVERY cream paint colour has a yellow undertone, there’s no getting away from it. And while we’ll get into undertones a bit more shortly, it’s the yellow hue of Navajo White that makes it a great choice for cool north-facing rooms as well as rooms with flat eastern afternoon or western morning light.

living room south facing, Navajo White Benjamn Moore greige furniture. Before Kylie M E-design

South-facing light

On the other hand, Navajo White isn’t SO warm and yellow that it looks obnoxious in a south-facing room, although it WILL warm up considerably.

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What’s the LRV of Navajo White?

Navajo White has an LRV of somewhere around 78 or 79. I gave you both as Benjamin Moore can’t seem to get it straight between their fan decks and their website! Either way, Navajo White is an OFF-WHITE paint colour.

With a higher LRV like this, you can expect Navajo White to wash out CONSIDERABLY if you have a room with intense natural light. However, its softness and undertones make it a great choice for many dark rooms as well as rooms with more moderate amounts of light.

moore navajo white with entryway decor ideas including large overside metal clock and black armoire for storage

The above photo shows Navajo White in a BRIGHT north-facing space. Notice how it washes out on the main part of the wall and you start to see the ‘colour’ more by the baseboard.

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

Benjamin Moore Navajo White, modern farmhouse style dining room. Best cream paint colour, Cloud White trim. Kylie M Interiors

How to Make a Dark Room Look Brighter – and it ain’t with paint! 

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What are the undertones of Navajo White? 

As you just learned, Navajo White has a yellow undertone, as does every cream paint colour. Now, yellow undertones can lean slightly yellow-green or yellow-orange – Navajo White leans yellow-orange, but not by a lot – just enough to calm down the yellow, along with a GORGEOUS neutral base.

Best cream paint colour, Benjamin Moore Navajo White with beige tile and lime green and orange accents. Kylie M Edesign, online paint color advice

How should you sample paint colours?

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

What’s the best white trim colour with Navajo White walls?

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Is Navajo White a good exterior paint colour?

It’s not that Navajo White is a BAD exterior colour, it’s just most people who are looking for a colour like this, lean into creams that are more flexible with less YELLOW in them (along the lines of Benjamin Moore Ballet White or Sherwin Williams White Duck).

5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Navajo White a popular colour for kitchen cabinets?

WELLLLLLL, yes. But I don’t mean popular in a GOOD way. I can’t tell you HOW MANY CLIENTS I’ve had who are trying to update the look of their Navajo White kitchen cabinets and are having a HECK of a time finding coordinating paint colours.

Navajo White cream painted kitchen cabinets with darker taupe greige island and granite countertops. Wall colour a medium warm neutral.

The best way to update this space would be to paint the island black! 

If you love cream cabinets, you can fill yer boots, but know that down the road, they may affect your resale value. Regardless of your personal tastes, MOST people prefer white cabinets as they’re the most timeless and the most flexible as it relates to new styles and updated features.

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Which paint colours are similar to Navajo White

Sherwin Williams Navajo White is similar to Benjamin Moore Navajo White. The difference is that Sherwin William’s version has more orange mixed in. You can also check out Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream if you want a bit more depth (I have MAD love for Gentle Cream).

Best paint colour for a warm, south facing room with southern exposure is Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream by Kylie M Interiors. Shown in living room with stone corner fireplace

If you’re thinking of colour matching between brands, please read THIS first.

What paint colours go well with Navajo White?

If you’re wondering which paint colours look good with Navajo White CABINETS or TRIM, please read this blog post.

Why?

Well, the way you treat Navajo White cabinets and trims is MUCH different from how you treat rooms that are ADJOINING Navajo White; cabinets and trim are much fussier.

As for creating a colour palette for adjoining rooms…

Not sure if Navajo White is right for you? I’ve got more!

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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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

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Chat soon,

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  1. I choose this color for a west facing bedroom painted a few days ago and I didn’t realize it had significant yellow undertones. Not sure if it is the soft white (2700K) recessed lighting or the beige carpeting that’s empowering the yellow undertones so will try the lights first. I don’t really mind it but my other half does…

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      Yup, it definitely has some yellow to it, ESPECIALLY if it’s against beige carpeting – the comparison will really show this 🙂

  2. Navajo White walls, Black fireplace mantle… painted brick. Should the brick match the walls? Or the trim? I have 6 average sized windows. Two are on either side of the fireplace. I’m stuck!

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      Ooooo, I MIGHT lean towards the brick matching the trim, as long as the trim is well coordinated with the room!

      1. Thanks so much for responding!
        So trim… any suggestions as to the shade of white to coordinate with the Navajo walls?
        Time and money are big factors.
        Room is 15×24 and with 6 windows I can’t afford to mess this up.
        90’s style so no open floor plan. Going for clean, minimalist concept to open and brighten things up.
        Previous color was BM Tawny Bisque with stained woodwork.

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