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The 13 Best DARK Navy Blue Paint Colors

Posted on February 4, 2023 by KylieMawdsley
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THE MOST POPULAR DARK SHADES OF BLUE

Whether you’re painting your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, exterior, or front door, FEW colors are as classic and versatile as navy blue.

Navy blue has been kickin’ it a LONG TIME in the design world, and while its popularity ebbs and flows, it’s hands-down one of the colors with serious longevity – an important factor if you want to create a timeless home.

Pure White kitchen cabinets, subway tile backsplash, white quartz and oak flooring. Navy blue island Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, prep bar station.

Of course, I can’t tell you that your cabinets, built-ins, or front door will SUIT navy blue; not every home can visually support it. You need the right environment, finishes, and colors to support the strength of navy blue, but these ideas will at least get you off to a good start. And if you find out that blue doesn’t work for you – I’ve got more!

I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. 

Front door painted Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, navy blue with yellow siding. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Now, before we get into the GOOD stuff, let’s chat about two important points for a minute…

1. THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF BLUE PAINT COLORS

  • BLUE-VIOLET (blue-purple)
  • BLUE-GREEN
  • BLUE

Looking at these two paint blobs, if you looked at EITHER independently of the other, they would look pretty darned navy blue, yet COMPARED to each other, you can see that subtle shift.

How to pick the best navy blue paint colour for kitchen cabinets, island, vanity, front door (3)

 

When choosing the best blue for you and your home, you need to figure out which TYPE of blue suits your home’s hard and soft finishes. For example…

  • Many marble or marble-look countertops suit a blue-violet vs. a blue-green
  • A beachy look often suits a blue-green over a blue-violet
  • A transitional or traditional style home usually suits blue-violet vs. a blue-green

Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Oak cathedral style arched cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Cloud White, travertine tile backsplash, beige countertop, navy blue Ocean Floor island.

The thing with blue (and many paint colors) is that how they look is subjective based on who’s looking at them AS WELL AS the products and OTHER blues they’re partnered with. A relatively neutral blue might look slightly blue-violet if you partner it with a blue-green. On the other hand, that same neutral blue could look a bit blue-green if partnered with a stronger blue-violet!

WHERE’S MY WINE? Seriously, it’s a lot to think about.

Living room, stacked stone fireplace, tv, builtins painted Benjamin Cheating Heart, Pure White walls,cognac leather. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant (1)

2. IT’S ALL IN THE SHEEN (not including Charlie, he’s a hot mess)

SHEEN affects how paint colors look, so when sampling, it’s important you do four things:

1. Have your samples made in a SATIN finish. Although, I’ve found the sheen on the darker colors from SAMPLIZE is pretty close (darker colors tend to carry more sheen).

2. Pick up a PAPER chip sample of Benjamin Moore Black (2132-10) or Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Darker paint colors can look DAMN dark on a small scale. Taping a sample of black to your larger samples will give you a better frame of reference as to their ACTUAL depth and color!

3. Hang your samples 100% vertically. Light reflects differently off vertical surfaces and horizontal surfaces. It’s VITAL that your samples are totally vertical – even a slight lean can skew things (also a reason why you shouldn’t drink too much wine while sampling)

4. Pivot your samples to the left and right to see how they catch the light. Doing this will show you how SHEEN plays with your room’s natural and artificial light.

Cool beans? Alright, let’s DO THIS!

The best, most popular navy blue paint colours - cabinets, island, front door, feature wall. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

1. BENJAMIN MOORE CHEATING HEART 1617

When I’m looking for a WICKED dark, striking shade of navy blue or DARK GRAY, Cheating Heart has MY heart. With its LOW LRV of 6.89 and subtle blue-violet hue, Cheating Heart is close to the black end of things but has some gray and blue to lift it from the depths. If you have SUPER LOW light, Cheating Heart could look slightly blackish, and you’ll need decent interior lighting to help it out.

cheating heart samplize peel and stic

Get your PEEL & STICK SAMPLE OF CHEATING HEART

If you compare Cheating Heart to Sherwin Williams Cyberspace (coming shortly), you’ll see they have VERY SIMILAR LRVs. However, Cheating Heart has LESS navy blue/more gray, which sometimes casts a bit more black, and can also be considered a ‘dark charcoal with a blue undertone.’

Living room, stacked stone fireplace, tv, builtins painted Benjamin Cheating Heart, Pure White walls,cognac leather. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

Cheating Heart with Sherwin Williams Pure White walls

You can also use Cheating Heart on interior and exterior doors…

Best paint colour for front door or interior office, pantry door. Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart, brown paint walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart

Exterior red brick, no shutters, off white cream trim, Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart front door. Kylie M Interiors, Online paint colour consultant, edesign

And it’s on the garage door too…

Exterior red brick, garage doors painted black dark navy paint colour, Cheating Heart, Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Edesign, diy online paint color consultant

YOUTUBE Video Review of Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart

 

2. BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY HC-154

Hale Navy is a classic and popular shade of navy blue paint. Not too bright, not too dark, with an LRV of 6.3, Hale Navy is near the top of the heap when it comes to versatility.

hale navy benjamin moore samplize peel and stick

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Do I love Hale Navy? HAAAAALE YES, I DO! Hale Navy is a shade of blue with just enough of a neutral base to calm it down, so it doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard.

Whether on an island, bathroom vanity, or front door, it’s a classic addition to almost any home.

Bathroom, freestanding white tub, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy similar painted vanity, blue, white beige hexagon tile wall backsplash,. Sherwin Williams Egret White walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

Orange stain wood trim in family room or living room, beige carpet, LEATHER sectional, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy accent wall. Kylie M INteriors

YOUTUBE Video Review of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

If Hale Navy is TOO BLUE for you, check out Sherwin Williams Cyberspace (below).

 

3. BENJAMIN MOORE NEWBURYPORT BLUE HC-155

If you find Hale Navy too dark, Newburyport has a similar approach; it’s just a bit lighter (LRV of 8.28), but still pretty dang blue. Newburyport Blue is often what people think of when they think of ‘navy blue.’ And as with any color, it all comes down to how much DEPTH you want on your surface and how much COLOR you want to see! The great thing about Newburyport Blue is that it’s pretty well-balanced in both regards!

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, dark navy blue for accent wall, cabinets, island, doors, exteriors. Kylie M

Get your PEEL & STICK SAMPLE OF NEWBURYPORT BLUE

This next photo shows Newburyport Blue as an accent wall. It doesn’t always appear this blue-green, although it favors green OVER violet as it relates to undertones.

South facing room, Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, orange stained wood trim and bedroom furniture. Beige carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Where Should I Paint a Feature Wall, & WHAT COLOR Should It Be?

If Newburyport Blue is too light, return to Hale Navy or check out Sherwin Williams Naval (coming shortly). If you’d like a lighter take on Newburyport Blue, check out the similar approach of Van Deusen Blue.

 

4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CYBERSPACE 7076

Cyberspace is my PERSONAL fave regarding the best navy blue colors for kitchen islands and bathroom vanities (even feature walls!). Cyberspace is similar to Hale Navy but has a bit more gray, giving it a more subdued approach to navy blue. With an LRV of 6, Cyberspace is a color that really grounds a space with depth without overwhelming it with strong ‘color.’

best navy blue dark paint color, Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, Samplize

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In this next photo, my client wanted to update the look of her oak kitchen without painting ALL of the cabinets. Cyberspace does the trick and pulls nicely into the flecks in her countertop.

Oak wood kitchen cabinets update ideas painted island in Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, brass hardware, oak flooring. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert decorating blogger (6)

5 Ideas to Update Oak or Wood Cabinets

In the next two photos, we used Cyberspace on the built-ins beside the fireplace and the kitchen island…

White walls, white oak flooring. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Cyberspace built in cabinets on either side of shiplap fireplace with wood mantel and tv

FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Cyberspace

If Cyberspace is more muted than you want, bump back to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy or check out Sherwin Williams Naval (below)!

 

SAMPLIZE offers peel-and-stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER, and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots.

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 BUSINESS DAY!
  • They’re more affordable than the sample pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling.

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

 

5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SERPENT 7615

Sea Serpent is a deep, dark, navy blue paint color with a striking approach that leans just a tiny touch into green (compare it to Cyberspace to see the shift). Sea Serpent has an LRV of 7, so while it’s certainly a dark shade of blue, it’s not as heavy as some on this page.

Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent, exterior Edesign consult for front door. Best navy blue paint colour

sHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SERPENT SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK

If Sea Serpent isn’t TRUE BLUE enough for you, Sherwin Williams In the Navy (coming shortly) or Naval should do the trick!

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6. BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON 2124-10

LRV 6.16

If you thought Cheating HEART was dark, wait until you see Wrought Iron! Wrought Iron is an ALMOST BLACK blend of black, gray, and navy blue, but a blue that leans reasonably into blue-violet.

BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK

Compared to Cheating Heart, the blue in Wrought Iron takes more of a backseat, and the black-gray comes forward. In some lights, Wrought Iron can look more like a SOFT BLACK than anything blue-inspired, so it’s SO IMPORTANT to have that little paper chip sample of Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10 handy for comparison.

This next photo with Wrought Iron on a side door demonstrates how it comes to life if given some light to play with!

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron dark navy blue door wtih pink purple brick exterior. Kylie M interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant and blog

However, on these shutters, you can see how dark it can POTENTIALLY look…

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

YOUTUBE Video Review of Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

 

7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS NAVAL 6244

Naval has a crazy dark LRV OF 4 – HOLY FREAKIN’ DINAH! While Naval is a SUPER dark navy blue, thanks to its high degree of color (saturation/chroma), it doesn’t look as black as Wrought Iron can. That’s right, Naval has a bit more ‘color’ than the average blue, along with a subtle touch of green hiding deep inside. Tip your sample to see how the light plays off this bad boy and brings him to life!

SHERWIN WILLIAMS NAVAL SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK BLUE

Before, the color on this door was cute, but the homeowner wanted a darker hue with more impact…

Front door before edesign

After, Naval came in and did the job…

Sherwin Williams best navy blue paint colour front door, Edesign. Also for kitchen cabinets and island. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Compare the front door to the welcome mat – the comparison will help you see the COLOR of Naval better.

FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Naval

The 10 Best Farrow & Ball Blue Paint Colors

 

8. SHERWIN WILLIAMS IN THE NAVY 9178

Are you humming along with me ‘…in the navy, yes, you can put your mind at ease’? These words have NEVER been truer. If you’re looking for THE NAVY BLUE OF ALL NAVY BLUES, this is it.

Popular navy blue paint colour for kitchen cabinets, lowers, island, bathroom vanity. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

In the Navy pulls NO punches with its dark LRV (4) and striking approach to navy blue, making colors like Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and Sherwin Williams Cyberspace look NEUTRAL in comparison (not really, but I’m just trying to make a point here).

And at some point, I’ll have some FABULOUS photos of it in action – hopefully soon! Until then, you can see it on Pinterest.

 

9. BENJAMIN MOORE GENTLEMAN’S GRAY 2062-20

Gentleman’s GRAY? PARDON ME? Gentleman’s Gray is about as far from gray as you can get! However, this color ALWAYS throws me off because while it’s classified as a blue-violet, compare it to ANY OF THE NAVY BLUES on this page, and it looks a touch blue-green. I’m still wrestling with this as I BELIEVE it’s a blue-green (even if scientifically it isn’t). WHERE’S MY WINE?!

Benjamin Moore Gentlemans Gray dark blue paint colour on kitchen cabinets, lower cabinets, island, stainless steel, white quartz countertop, red wood floor

BIG THANK YOU to all my Online Color Consulting clients for sending in their photos – you make my colorful little world go round! 

Along with its green undertone, Gentleman’s Gray is a STRONG approach to navy blue with much less gray than many of its peers. As for depth, Gentleman’s Gray has an LRV of 7, making it one of the moderate shades of dark blue.

GENTLEMANS GRAY BENJAMIN MOORE SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK

 

10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS INDIGO BATIK 7602

Indigo Batik is a GORGEOUS denim-inspired navy blue paint color (slightly blue-violet) that’s a bit softer but cleaner compared to the more classic shades of navy. It’s VERY comparable to Benjamin Moore’s Newburyport Blue and also has an LRV of 8.

INDIGO BATIK SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK

When sampling Indigo Batik, you might be SURPRISED at how much lighter it looks when the light hits and may want to go a bit darker, in which case you could go back to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.

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QUESTIONNAIRE: Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets or Leave Them Stained?

 

11. BENJAMIN MOORE WESTCOTT NAVY 1624

Westcott Navy is a gorgeous dark navy blue paint color with the right blend of navy blue (slightly blue-green) and gray so that it’s saying ‘navy’ all day long without yelling it from the rooftops.

Benjamin Moore Westcott Navy samplize peel and stick

If you like Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, Westcott Navy is similar but is like a subtle, slightly bluer tweak of it. Although its LRV is a touch higher, at 8, this dark blue has some serious visual weight due to its decreased degree of color (chroma).

 

12. BENJAMIN MOORE DOWNPOUR BLUE 2063-20

Downpour Blue could do the trick if you’re looking for a blue with a little more PUNCH, especially with an LRV of 5.5! While being the STRONGEST and brightest navy blue on this page, Downpour Blue stops shy of being a ‘primary’ blue as it has a subtle bit of gray-black to calm it down…a bit.

downpour blue sherwin williams samplize peel and stick

NOW, do me a favor and compare Downpour Blue to Gentleman’s Gray, and TELL ME that GG doesn’t look blue-green! Truth be told, even Downpour Blue can look a wink blue-green. Anyways…

If you’re looking for that NEXT LEVEL in brightness in your navy blue, check out Benjamin Moore Blue 2066-10 or Benjamin Moore Patriot Blue, which is WICKED gorgeous. Want something more MUTED? Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray could do the trick!

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray white dresser, kids gallery wall, gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, natural light and light bulbs

 

13. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CHARCOAL BLUE 2739

Charcoal Blue is awesome for its moderate approach to navy blue. Not as rich and striking as In the Navy, but not as muted as Cheating Heart, Charcoal Blue is definitely NAVY BLUE; it’s just a softer take on it. As for undertones, Charcoal Blue favors a slight violet undertone with some gray for a calming effect.

charcoal blue samplize peel and stick sherwin williams

Like most navy blue paint colors, Charcoal Blue is a popular choice for kid’s rooms, accent walls, islands, and doors…

navy blue feature or accent wall in teen boys bedroom, Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue by Kylie M, beige carpet

 

WHAT’S THE MOST POPULAR NAVY BLUE PAINT COLOR?

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is one of the BEST, most popular shades of dark blue for walls, doors, cabinets, and exteriors.

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So, there you have it – some GORGEOUS navy blue paint colors for almost ANY paintable surface in your home!

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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2021, UPDATED IN 2023 FOR PHOTOS AND CONTENT



Comments

  1. Kylie,
    I love this –I was thinking about painting a vanity Navy…and now I know how to pick the one that will work best. I especially liked the photos of the door that went from OK to fabulous when painted Naval (I’m a sucker for a good before & after!)

  2. Thank you so much for this timely article, Kylie. I am starting a blue and white kitchen project and the sheer number of blues is overwhelming! I do appreciate you giving us a review of these colors. Thanks again!

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  3. Thank you so much for your posts! I’m renovating and they have been a lifesaver. Question about Indigo Batik. I love it and am thinking about painting my boys’ bedroom with three walls Indigo Batik and one wall Pure White. I’ve tested it on my walls and wish it were just a wink darker. What are your thoughts on Indigo Batik 25% darkened? My biggest fear is that darkening it would bring out more purple, which I don’t want. Would love your insights!

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      Hi Ryan! 25% is pretty subtle – more noticeable in some colours than others. SOME colours can’t actually be darkened anymore and while I THINK you should be able to do Indigo Batik, there’s a chance you won’t be able to. A colour like this has quite a bit of tint going into the gallon of paint and often, the gallon just gets full! Overall, I don’t see any red flags trying it 25% darker :).

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  5. I am building a house that has jogging path for siding and Country Ledgestone Bucks County Stone. I’m struggling with a door color and I want a pop of color to brighten & be different and bold. I’m looking at Hale Navy, Cheating Heart and Sea Serpent. Can you give me some advice for the best possible outcome. This is a over 55 community and we have so many Red doors that I want to be different!

    Thanks

    Tracy Moreau

  6. Which ones on this list would pair well with golden yellow LRV 77? Looking for a Navy front door color in a yellow living room with blue couches far away from the door and warm floors. Any of these Navy shades particularly NOT look good in warm room?

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