THE MOST POPULAR NAVY BLUE PAINT COLOUR IDEAS FOR CABINETS & FRONT DOORS
Whether you’re painting your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity or front door, FEW colours 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 colours with serious longevity when it comes to today’s trends.
Now, 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 colours 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 ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality or TYPE of pics I need, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
Now, before we get into the GOOD stuff, let’s chat for a minute about two important points…
1. THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF BLUE PAINT COLOURS
- BLUE-VIOLET (blue-purple)
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.
When choosing the best blue for you and your home, you need to figure out which TYPE of blue suits the hard and soft finishes in your home. 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
The thing with blue (and many paint colours) 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.
2. IT’S ALL IN THE SHEEN (not including Charlie, he’s a hot mess)
SHEEN affects how paint colours 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 colours from SAMPLIZE is pretty close (darker colours 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 colours can look DAMN dark on the small scale and by taping a sample of black to your larger samples, it will give you a better frame of reference as to their ACTUAL depth and colour!
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 the natural and artificial light in your room.
Cool beans? Alright, let’s DO THIS!
1. BENJAMIN MOORE CHEATING HEART 1617
Cheating Heart has MY heart when I’m looking for a KILLER dark and striking approach to navy blue with a subtle blue-violet cast. With its LOW LRV, Cheating Heart is close to the black end of things but has some gray and blue in there to lift it up 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.
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 is how it casts that bit more black at times.
Cheating Heart with Sherwin Williams Pure White walls
You can even use Cheating Heart on interior doors…
And it’s on the garage door too…
2. BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY HC-154
Hale Navy is a classic and popular shade when it comes to navy blue paint colours.
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.
And whether it’s on an island, bathroom vanity, or front door, it’s a classic addition to almost any home.
Very similar to Hale Navy
If Hale Navy is TOO BLUE for you, check out Sherwin Williams Cyberspace (below).
3. BENJAMIN MOORE NEWBURYPORT BLUE HC-155
Sitting right under Hale Navy in the fan deck is Newburyport Blue. If you find Hale Navy a bit darker than you wanted, Newburyport has a similar approach, just a bit lighter and brighter and pretty dang blue.
This photo below is NOT a cabinet OR a front door (obviously), but it’ll give you the Newburyport Blue vibe! Remember, I don’t always have THE images I need from my E-Design work, so I do my best to showcase colours in other ways.
If Newburyport Blue is too light for you, go back to Hale Navy or check out Sherwin Williams Naval (coming shortly).
4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CYBERSPACE 7076
Cyberspace is my PERSONAL fave regarding the best navy blue colours for kitchen islands and bathroom vanities (even feature walls!). Cyberspace picks up where Hale Navy left off, with a good shot of navy blue, but a more SUBDUED look to it.
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.
In the next two photos, we used Cyberspace on the built-ins beside the fireplace and the kitchen island…
YOUTUBE Video Review of Sherwin Williams Cyberspace (COMING SOON)
If Cyberspace is more muted than you want, bump back to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy or check out Sherwin Williams Naval (below)!
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out shortly 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 1-3 business days, depending on the 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
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SERPENT 7615
Sea Serpent is a navy blue paint colour with a striking approach to blue that leans just a touch into green (compare it to Cyberspace).
If Sea Serpent isn’t TRUE BLUE enough for you, Sherwin Williams In the Navy (coming shortly) or Naval should do the trick!
6. BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON 2124-10
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.
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, which is why 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!
However, on these shutters, you can see how dark it can POTENTIALLY look…
7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS NAVAL 6244
AN LRV OF 4? HOLY FREAKIN’ DINAH! To be honest, to LOOK at this colour, I would never say it has an LRV that low, I would’ve pegged it closer to 6, but it’s the GOOORGEOUS rich navy blue of it taking it to those lower depths (blue-violet). Make sure you tip that sample to really see how the light plays off this bad boy and brings him to life!
Before, the colour on this door was cute but wasn’t any screamin’ glory…
After, Naval came in and did the job…
Compare the front door to the welcome mat – the comparison will help you see the COLOUR of Naval a bit better.
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, as if you’re looking for THE NAVY BLUE OF ALL NAVY BLUES, this is it.
In the Navy pulls NO punches with its dark LRV and striking approach to navy blue, making colours 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 when it comes to the wild world of navy blue! But, this is one colour that ALWAYS throws me, because while it’s classified as a blue-violet, compare it to ANY OF THE NAVY BLUES on this page and it’ll look considerably blue-green in comparison. I’m still wrestling with this as I BELIEVE it’s a blue-green (even if scientifically it isn’t). WHERE’S MY WINE?!
However, overall, Gentleman’s Gray is a STRONG approach to navy blue with much less gray in it than many of its peers.
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS INDIGO BATIK 7602
Indigo Batik is a GORGEOUS navy blue paint colour (slightly blue-violet) that’s a bit softer, but cleaner, compared to the more classic navy blue paint colours. It’s VERY comparable to Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue.
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.
11. BENJAMIN MOORE WESTCOTT NAVY 1624
Westcott Navy is a gorgeous dark navy blue paint colour with JUST 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.
If you like Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, Westcott Navy is really a subtle, slightly bluer tweak of it.
12. BENJAMIN MOORE DOWNPOUR BLUE 2063-20
If you’re looking for a blue with a little more PUNCH to it, Downpour Blue could do the trick! 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.
NOW, do me a favour and compare Downpour Blue to Gentlemans’ 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!
So, there you have it – some GORGEOUS navy blue paint colours for almost ANY paintable surface in your home!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2021, UPDATED IN 2022 FOR PHOTOS AND CONTENT