Benjamin Moore Hale Navy: The Best Navy Blue Paint Color

Choosing the best paint colors can be tricky and it’s the number one topic I get asked about the most here on the blog. So I thought I’d start a new series highlighting the most popular paint colors, sharing my own personal tips, and also showing real life room examples I’ve found throughout blogland. Today I’m starting the series off with Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, which in my opinion, is the best navy blue paint color available. 

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

There are so many times when the perfect navy blue paint color can come in handy. Whether you are looking to add an accent wall, paint your kitchen cabinets or piece of furniture, or even paint the exterior of your home, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is a classic choice that can’t be beat. It’s timeless and versatile – as you can see in these rooms I’ve linked below. But it’s also a great neutral.


That’s right, it seems kinda weird that such a dark color can serve as a neutral, huh? But it’s true. This popular navy blue paint color pairs well with so many different colors – autumn colors like reds & oranges look stunning against this dark backdrop, but so do light grays and crisp whites and natural wood tones. And because it has a balance of both warm and cool undertones, it will pair nicely with almost any trim color and flooring surface.

It also looks great in all lighting situations. So whether you have a brightly lit southern facing sunroom or a dark windowless bathroom, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy can be the right pick for you if you’re looking to use one of the best navy blue paint colors available on the market today.

But don’t forget, Hale Navy is also a great choice if you’re looking for a great navy blue exterior paint. Perfect choice for your front door too! (be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post for the most amazing lake front home painted in Hale Navy!)

Related: And if you need more ideas for your front door – check out these top Front Door Paint Colors.

If you love these Hale Navy projects and rooms and want more information, just click the source link below each image and give these talented designers and bloggers a visit! 

Peel And Stick Paint Samples

It’s always a good idea to grab paint samples to see how colors look in your own space and lighting conditions. So you should definitely check out SAMPLIZE.

  • Samplize offers LARGE 12″ x 12″ peel and stick paint samples of almost every paint color available! No more staring at a tiny 2 inch square trying to pick a paint color.
  • Samples are only $5.95 each with free shipping for US orders over $15
  • Arrive right to your DOOR STEP in 1-3 days
  • They’re repositionable, less messy, and eco-friendly! No more storing or disposing of dozens of leftover paint samples
  • Samples are REAL PAINT, not printed ink so you can see the real color & texture


Compare other navy blue samples and find your favorite!

The Best Navy Blue Paint Color

Navy Blue Boy’s Bedroom Reveal

Image Source: Lehman Lane


Hale Navy Bathroom

Image Source: Christina’s Adventures

Hale Navy Bedroom – Lake Cottage Style

Image Source: 2 Bees in a Pod

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy Accent Wall

Image Source: Life on Virginia Street

Before-and-After Painted Kitchen Cabinets Hale Navy

Image Source: Studio McGee

Updated Cabinet Makeover with Navy Paint

Image Source: Catherine Staples Interiors

A Dining Room Makeover with Navy Feature Wall

Image Source: Saffron Avenue

DIY Blue and White Buffalo Check Walls – Full Tutorial

Image Source: Jaime Costiglio

Gorgeous BM Hale Navy Kitchen Cabinets

the best navy blue paint color for kitchen cabinets

Image Source: Spada Studio

the best navy blue paint color

 Image Source: Spada Studio

Hale Navy Paint – Exterior

navy blue paint exterior; lake house paint colors

Stunning Lakefront Home

Image Source: Mike Schaap Builders

navy blue paint exterior; lake house paint colors

Lake Country Luxury

Image Source: Gordon James Construction



Reusable and Repositionable, extra-large real paint swatches

navy blue paint exterior; lake house paint colors

Image Source: Gordon James Construction

Hale Navy Coordinating Colors

BM Hale Navy is a popular choice to use on exteriors like the gorgeous Chicago lake home above that features Benjamin Moore’s Super White & Hale Navy.

Hale Navy Color Palette

What color trim to use with Hale Navy

What is the Sherwin Williams equivolent to Hale Navy?

A similar color to Hale Navy is Sea Serpent 7615 by Sherwin Williams, Blue China PEC-22 by Behr and Royal Navy by Valspar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this color review of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. It really is such a versatile color, I hope you’ll give it a shot if you’re looking for a tried and true navy paint color. And don’t forget to grab your peel & stick paint sample. Taking the time to buy paint samples can save so many headaches in the long run! Better to be safe than sorry 🙂 

And be sure to check out these popular Fixer Upper Paint Colors and my favorite white colors to paint shiplap.


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  1. Hi
    What WHITE do you think looks great with Hale Navy? This is for Exterior. Thanks for your input.
    Also, if I were to buy Sherwin Williams instead, do you know off hand which navy would be the closest for Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy? THANKS SO MUCH! I need to by 10 gallons and need to get this right!

    (for our little lake house that sits in the country) THANKS AGAIN!

    1. Hi Amy! I would recommend trying Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. It looks like a very pale gray inside, but outside with the sun it reads like a nice soft white 🙂 But definitely get a small sample of paint to make sure you like it. Try painting a large poster board with 2 coats of paint so you can move it around your house and see what it looks like during different times of day and with different light exposures (north vs. south, etc…) For more info and to see some pics you can read my fellow blogger’s post here:

  2. What color would you recommend the hale navy would go with for interior guys bedroom? I’m going to go the hale navy on accent wall but trying to determine for the rest.. I was thinking a light gray.

    1. Hi Brendan, sorry for the late reply! A good light gray that I like is Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (or for a tad darker shade try Mindful Gray which is on the same strip) Thanks for reading!

  3. Hi, I love the Hale Navy. I thought I might paint my trim crisp white or creamy white with a yellow door. Do you have any input on what you think that might look like and which colours you would choose if it were you? This is for a cottage at the lake.

    1. Hale navy would look beautiful on a lake cottage! For the white trim, you could try SW Simply White which is a nice clean white. I’m not sure what color yellow door you’re looking for, but Benjamin Moore Yellow Clover looks like a good muted yellow but be sure to grab a sample first. Good luck!

  4. I love the hale navy but it does not look like that at all. Tried two Benjamin Moore stores and it’s not at all like this that I love. Very disappointed! Because I love the color. It’s light not dark

    1. hmm, I’m not sure what happened as it’s definitely a dark color. How many coats did you use? I recommend painting at least two coats for full coverage. You may also have just received a mis-tint. You can always go back to your Benjamin Moore store and have them adjust the color to your liking. If it’s not dark enough for you, have them add more black pigment or just ask them to tint it darker. They will make adjustments to your color for free (as long as you’re going darker, not lighter.) Good luck!

  5. Hi Christy
    I need to paint the exterior of my 1915 three story house two tones. The upper 2 stories of the house are cedar shakes , the first level is cedar board running horizontal. What is a good color to compliment Hale Navy? Of these two colors which should be for the upper 2 floors? Do you have any recommendations on trim?

    1. Hi Charlie – My first piece of advice would be to paint all 3 stories the same color, otherwise you risk the chance of visually cutting your house into pieces. If you must use two colors, I’d recommend using the same color just at reduced strengths. For instance, if you’re set on Hale Navy, I’d use Hale Navy at 100% strength on the bottom portion of the house (darker colors on bottom will ground the home visually, if the dark color is on top it will look like it’s floating.) Then for the upper portion, you could use Hale Navy at 50% or 75% or whatever you’re comfortable with. This is a good way of ensuring the colors match well together and have the same tones. (Your paint store will just adjust the colors for you, adding 50% of the color pigments instead of the full 100%. This is a hack that designers use frequently) Good luck with your project and thanks for reading!

  6. If I use Hale Navy on the body of the house but want to paint the foundation what color could I use? I love Kendall Charcoal but I also like Wrought Iron. This is a big decision! Yikes 🙂

    1. Hi Ray, I’m not sure what kind of house you have – but I would personally just use Hale Navy on the foundation as well and make it easier! I am not a huge fan of 2 tone houses unless there is a solid reason for using 2 colors. I think it visually breaks the body of the house up into sections, and that might not be the best solution.

  7. I came to your page to get the red front door color on the color palette image, but I can’t seem to find it. Any insight? We are looking for a door color to go with our hale navy house with revere pewter trim. Thanks!

  8. I am considering using Hale Navy for the exterior of my home but I have almond windows so I don’t want to go with a white trim. Even off-white is a bit too much next to the windows. What would be a good light tan color that has that bit of green tint to it like almond. I am looking at Bleeker beige HC-80. What do you think of that for a trim with Hale Navy? Also, I want the house to be a bit more earthy and not so nautical looking. Thanks!

    1. So sorry Julie, but unfortunately I don’t have any info on a light tan that coordinates with Hale Navy. I’d suggest getting a few samples from Samplize to see how they look.

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