Hale Navy, as its name suggests, is a true navy blue that adds a classic and sophisticated touch to your home. This striking deep blue paint color is so timeless and versatile, it provides a neutral backdrop for furnishings on both the interior and exterior of a home. Its low Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 8 offers a sophisticated alternative to black; in a well-lit room, Hale Navy presents more of its brilliant blue tones.
Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy lends a nautical feel to any room. Did you know that the color navy originally takes its name from British Naval uniforms? Dark navy is one of today’s most popular paint colors for good reason! It’s versatile enough to work with practically any style and color palette, and it has more character than gray or greige walls. With its nautical association, Hale Navy paint is the perfect navy shade for coastal homes.
A navy blue paint color pairs well with bright neutrals like taupe, white and gray, as well as warm wood tones like mahogany and light brown. It can be used on an accent wall or as an overall color, depending on your interior design style.
Depending on the lighting in your room, Hale Navy can appear brighter blue or take on a darker, almost charcoal look. It is closest to its true color – navy blue – in ambient light. Sunny rooms enhance the true blue tone of this paint while in North-facing rooms, it will edge towards black. If you’re looking for a rich, saturated navy blue, Hale Navy is an excellent choice!
Contrary to the belief that dark colors can make a room feel small, dark colors like Hale Navy actually obscure the dimensions of a room, making it feel larger even in natural light. Deep blue or navy walls add an air of mystery, just like the depths of the ocean. Use Hale Navy in a master bedroom, for example, to provide a calming and restful oasis.
Hale Navy can be used almost anywhere in the home, as an interior or exterior paint color that creates a gorgeous, timeless statement. Using mostly neutral or white paint colors in the rest of the home allows Hale Navy to make a statement.
Hale Navy looks great in living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, entryways, home offices, bathrooms, and bedrooms. It also can provide an eye-catching accent color, lending itself beautifully to kitchen cabinets, doors, trim, and decorative woodwork. Hale Navy cabinets are particularly striking in coastal-inspired kitchens and bathrooms. If you are creating a Hale Navy bathroom, lean into other nautical hues like red and yellow for a fun and inviting space. Or go for a timeless, elegant look by combining it with the white and gray shades of marble tile. Add modern flair to your home with this chic navy blue color on a kitchen island or bathroom vanity.
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154 brings a classic, timeless look to a well-lit kitchen. The contrast of white cabinetry makes the deep navy kitchen island stand out.
A splash of gold is the perfect companion to Hale Navy. It complements the navy’s classic look and adds impact to feature walls.
Hale Navy adds a pop of color to interior doors; the boldness of deep blue compliments this kitchen’s soft green tones.
The sophistication of Hale Navy brings elegance to a dining room.
Make an impact by greeting your guests with Hale Navy in well-lit entrances and hallways.
Hale Navy can also make a statement on the exterior of your home. A Hale Navy front door is crisp and welcoming while adding an unexpected touch to your home. Use Hale Navy exterior paint on the trim around the windows, adding a coastal accent without having to repaint the entire exterior of your home.
Many people associate navy blue exteriors with mid-century modern homes, but dark blue has been a traditional exterior paint color for centuries. This classic Colonial home looks freshly updated with its Hale Navy exterior:
As an exterior accent color, Hale Navy helps to anchor brighter colors, and it’s a classic part of many historic color schemes. Hale Navy shutters add visual weight to balance this home’s cheerful Marblehead Gold siding and Edgecomb Gray trim:
Still, deciding on which shade of navy to use in your DIY home decor project? When comparing Hale Navy to another bestselling shade, Old Navy, there are a few key differences to keep in mind. As Hale Navy is a true navy, it has a darker, deeper cast that includes a hint of charcoal undertone. Old Navy, on the other hand, has a more vibrant blue appearance that may display a hint of an indigo-purple undertone. Both shades of navy are beautiful, so your choice depends on your personal design style.
Once you have added Hale Navy to your color palette, take a look at these other colors to complement your design scheme.
Hale Navy is naturally moody, which means that it benefits from being brightened with other neutral paint colors and pops of color. Off-white or white trim looks crisp and cozy in a room where Hale Navy is the all-over wall color, try a creamy white like Swiss Coffee. For an air of sophistication, pair Hale Navy with the complex undertones of White Dove. Because of its neutral undertones, many designers consider Chantilly Lace to be the best white to use with Hale Navy.
If Hale Navy is your accent color, combine it with neutral shades like Revere Pewter or Gray Owl. While the former resembles warm sand, the latter is like a slightly cloudy day. Both share the same coastal sensibility that creates a tranquil effect in almost any room.
Both share the same coastal sensibility that creates a tranquil effect in almost any room.
If you’re looking for bright colors to combine with Hale Navy, consider Lemon Meringue, Baked Terra Cotta, or 2022 Color of the Year, Raspberry Blush. Using bold paint colors in hallways or rooms that adjoin your Hale Navy space will keep it from feeling moody.
If you love the blue hue of Hale Navy, but would still like to browse other colors, you might want to consider the following shades:
Complex blue-gray colors like Hale Navy are susceptible to shifts in an undertone that could make them appear brighter or darker, depending on the lighting conditions and time of day. We recommend testing a sample of Hale Navy and any other options you’re considering before deciding on your final choice.
One of our designers’ favorite tips for an easy way to test paint swatches on multiple walls in our home, is to paint a large poster board using a Benjamin Moore Paint Color Sample and move it around the room to observe the color on different walls and in different lighting conditions.
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