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Benjamin Moore Hale Navy might just be the perfect navy. It is by far the most popular especially among designers. Let’s look into why this color is so wildly used!

I love Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and it’s definitely one of my favorite navy paint colors. This color is a true navy and it’s a classic color. I love decorating with navy blue in my home!

Why is navy a classic color? Because it can be used in any design style. You will see it in the ever-popular modern farmhouse design but it’s also perfect for modern or traditional. That is why it’s part of Benjamin Moore’s classic collection.

A swatch of Hale Navy with text overlay.

Stay tuned, I will show you the most popular ways to use Hale Navy towards the bottom of the post!

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What Color is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154?

As part of the classic collection from Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy is a color that can be used in any design style and is a color that will stand the test of time. Its roots in American architecture give it the timeless quality that makes this color so popular.

It is a true navy color, not a bright blue or a royal blue, which makes it the perfect blue color. This navy color can be considered a neutral because of the undertones and classic color nature. You can use it anywhere and it will look perfect.

Another thing you will love about Hale Navy is that it pairs so nicely with other colors. Whether it’s a warm color or cool Hale Navy will coordinate perfectly.

A dresser painted with Hale Navy and has gold pulls.
Source: Renovated Faith

Hale Navy LRV

LRV is a scale from 0-100 with 0 being the darkest and 100 being the lightest. Hale Navy sits at a 8.36 which obviously makes it a very dark color.

In a room with lots of natural light, this color doesn’t look all that dark at all. Also with proper interior lighting, you can use this color and not have your room become a cave.

Is Hale Navy too Dark?

This completely depends on where you use the color and the lighting of that space. Lighting makes the difference.

In a space with lots of natural light Hale Navy can give a saturated look without being overpowering. In a space with little to no natural light then you might want to stick to using this color in smaller doses, like on a piece of furniture or just an accent wall.

How to know if a paint color is right for you?

The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.

You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.

I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel and stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.

It’s easy and much less messy!

Hale Navy Undertones

Hale Navy has both cool and warm undertones. It also has a touch of gray which keeps this color from pulling too warm or cool. Because of these undertones, it’s considered a transitional color which means it goes with everything!

Is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy warm or cool?

Hale Navy is a cool paint color. Because of some warm undertones and the gray that is in it Hale Navy goes very well with warm-toned colors as well.

This is what makes this color so versatile and why it’s so popular. It can go in any room and it will look fabulous with the other colors you use there.

Does Hale Navy Look Gray?

The quick answer to this is no, it does not look gray. There are gray undertones but the dominant color is blue.

There is a slight touch of green in the undertones and that helps to keep the color from pulling purple in any way. But this color will not look gray in your space. You can however pair it with a gray and it will look gorgeous!

Trim Colors to Pair with Hale Navy HC-154

I like to pair Hale Navy with white trim colors because of the contrast in the colors. This makes HC-154 stand out and really be the star of the show.

Here are my favorites to use with Hale Navy:

You might want to check out my other favorite white paint colors for cabinets and trim.

Colors to Pair with Hale Navy

Benjamin Moore has some suggestions on what colors to pair with Hale Navy. They like the combination of it with White Dove and Coventry Gray as well as Lenox Tan and Glacier White.

White Hale Navy goes really well with any color I love pairing it with a white (see the list above for the best white colors to pair with it) as well as grays. Blue-gray paint colors are perfect to go with Hale Navy but they also look amazing with Greige Paint Colors.

Don’t forget about red! Yes, I said red. Think classic Americana colors and you will always see navy blue with red.

Here are some of my personal favorite colors to pair with Hale Navy:

I loved using a dark blue in my Modern Coastal Powder Room and I think Hale Navy would have been a good choice there too. Paired with the crisp whites in the wainscoting the colors really pop!

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Where to Use Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

As I said before, you can use Hale Navy anywhere. It works with any design style and will really pull together all the colors of your room. I love using it in a nautical way but you can also use it in a modern style space.

Let’s check out some pictures of Hale Navy used in actual rooms and you can decide how you want to use the color in your space.

Hale Navy on the Exterior

Hale Navy on the exterior of a home with white trim and gray stone accents.
Source: Laurel B. Interiors

I just love the way the navy color looks with the gray stone and white trim. It also makes the colors in the landscaping stand out more. Proof that navy can be a neutral color!

Hale Navy on the Front Door

A faded brick house with a navy blue door and white trim with black gas lanterns flanking the door.
Source: Hadley Court

Navy on a front door is perfect for just about any home. Here it looks stunning with the faded brick and white trim. Imagine if this house had traditional brick colors, the navy front door would be just as stunning!

Hale Navy on Cabinets

A powder room with Hale Navy on the vanity cabinet, shiplap on the walls painted white, a maritime cross flag framed on the wall and a plant hanging above.
Source: Chrissy Marie Blog

I love how my friend Chrissy took this white cabinet in her powder room and infused it with this gorgeous sturated navy color. It really added a ton of character to the room.

Here you can also see that she paired it with navy in the decor, wood in the floors and rattan in the trash basket. It all goes really nicely together.

Hale Navy in an Office

An office with Hale Navy used on an accent wall, there are two light wood desks and a rug on wood floors.
Source. Life On Virginia Street

This is definitely an office I could get some work done in! I just love the navy accent wall with the light wood desks. All of the white in the room, as well as the natural light coming in the sliding doors, keeps this room from becoming too dark and cave-like.

Hale Navy in a Bedroom

A boys bedroom with Hale Navy on all the walls, a wood and white bed with plaid bedding, wood floors and an antique wood desk.
Source: Lehman Lane

There is no better place to add navy than a boys bedroom. Here navy is used on all the walls, not just an accent wall. And you can see that it’s not too dark at all.

I love the wood accents here and how it all ties together with the rug.

Hale Navy in a Bathroom

A bathroom with white board and batten and a plaid pattern above with hale navy.
Source: Jaime Costiglio

Now this is a fun way to add some navy to a bathroom! Creating a plaid wall with navy is a great way to infuse a room with color but also add some personality!

As you can see navy works really well with the white in the room but also the marble shower floor tile. The wood accents keep the room from feeling too cold.

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A collection of 6 rooms that have incorporated Hale Navy with text overlay.
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