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The 12 Best Navy Blue Paint Colours for Cabinets, Islands, Front Doors & MORE!

Posted on February 4, 2023 by KylieMawdsley


Whether you’re painting your kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, 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 when it comes to today’s trends.

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 ONLY use photos from my Online Color 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!

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 for a minute about two important points…


  • BLUE-VIOLET (blue-purple)
  • 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 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

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 the natural and artificial light in your room.

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


LRV 6.89

When I’m looking for a WICKED dark, striking shade of navy blue, Cheating Heart has MY heart. With its LOW LRV and subtle blue-violet hue, Cheating Heart is close to the black end of things but has some gray and blue 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.

Paint colour ideas, navy blue for kitchen cabinets, island, bathroom vanity. Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart. Kylie M Edesign

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 a bit more black at times.

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 even use Cheating Heart on interior 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 Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart

YOUTUBE Video 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


LRV 6.3

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

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is one of the best paint colour for a navy blue island, kitchen cabinets, lowers, bathroom vanity. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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.

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 Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

YOUTUBE Video Review of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

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


LRV 8.28

Sitting right under Hale Navy in the fan deck is Newburyport Blue. If you find Hale Navy a bit too dark, Newburyport has a similar approach, it’s just a bit lighter, brighter, and pretty dang blue.

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, the best most popular navy blue paint colour for kitchen cabinets, lowers, island, vanity. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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 colors in other ways.

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

Read more: Where Should I Paint a Feature Wall and WHAT COLOR Should It Be?

If Newburyport Blue is too light, return to Hale Navy or check out Sherwin Williams Naval (coming shortly).



Cyberspace is my PERSONAL fave regarding the best navy blue colors 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 approach.

Best navy blue paint colour for kitchen island, cabinets, vanity, Sherwin Williams Cyberspace. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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

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)!

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

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



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 to see the shift).

Sherwin Williams Sea Serpent. Popular navy blue paint colour for your kitchen island, cabinets, bathroom vanities, front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

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

The Best Navy Blue and Teal Paint Colors for Your Front Door


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, soft black navy blue paint colour for cabinets or island. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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!

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 Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

YOUTUBE Video Review of Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron



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 see how the light plays off this bad boy and brings him to life!

Sherwin Williams Naval, a bright dark navy blue for kitchen cabinets, island, vanity and more. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Before, the color on this door was cute but wasn’t any screamin’ glory…

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 COLOUR of Naval a bit better.

FULL Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Naval

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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.

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 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.



Gentleman’s GRAY? PARDON ME? Gentleman’s Gray is about as far from gray as you can get regarding the wild world of navy blue! However, this colour 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! 

However, overall, Gentleman’s Gray is a STRONG approach to navy blue with much less gray than many of its peers.

Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray, the best navy blue paint colour for kitchen island, lower cabinets, bathroom vanity. Kylie M Interiors Edesign



Indigo Batik is a GORGEOUS navy blue paint colour (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.

Soft navy blue paint color for kitchen cabinets, island, lowers, bathroom vanity. Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik, Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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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LRV 8.01

Westcott Navy is a gorgeous dark navy blue paint color 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.

The most popular navy blue paint colors for bathroom vanity, kitchen cabinets, lowers or island. Benjamin Moore Westcott Navy. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

If you like Sherwin Williams Cyberspace, Westcott Navy is really a subtle, slightly bluer tweak of it.


LRV 5.5

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.

The best bright navy blue paint colour from Benjamin Moore, Downpour Blue. Popular blue for kitchen cabinets, island, vanity, front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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


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

Home office, dark wood, walls pain

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


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Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing DIY Decorating and design ideas

Chat soon,

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  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!


    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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