Benjamin Moore Hale Navy: Any navy blue lover has heard about Hale Navy. Most likely, you’ve pinned a stunning navy blue kitchen, butler pantry, or Hale Navy bedroom without even knowing it. It’s one of the most popular navy blue paint colors for a reason–it’s a fabulous navy paint that looks good pretty much everywhere!
Because I only have so many rooms in my house which I can dedicate to painting Hale Navy (two so far), I’ve rounded up pictures from some of my favorite blogging friends to show you how it looks in different lighting conditions. Plus, I’ll share how it compares with popular navy blue paint colors like Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue, Sherwin Williams Navy Blue, and Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik (all colors I recommend in my best navy paint colors comparison!)
BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY
BM Hale Navy is a true navy blue paint color–unlike other paint colors, there aren’t green undertones. What separates it, and in my opinion makes it the most versatile, is how it has grayish undertones instead. This sophisticated undertone gives it the license to grow from decadent butlers pantry to a three-year-old bedroom! After using it in our guest room, which will eventually be Jack’s big boy room, and our laundry room, you can see how it flatters each space.
And don’t forget–if you’re painting a room, you have to grab this! Since buying this, my time spent cutting-in (especially dark colors) has been cut half! Once we got this, my husband finally paints too because it is so much easier!
In our guest room, we used BM Hale Navy on the walls and Benjamin Moore Simply White for the trim. It is a south-west facing room which gets a ton of sunshine, and yet it never looks washed out!
On the other side of our house, we used it in our laundry room. This room faces north-east and receives very little light. Nevertheless, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy looks fantastic and even expands the narrow walls of the laundry room.
TIPS FOR PAINTING A ROOM NAVY BLUE–AND THE TOOLS THAT MAKE IT EASY!
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While it’s easy to get coverage going from a light paint color to a dark paint color, what you need to worry about more than ever is splatter. Your navy blue paint will splatter with a roller all over your freshly painted white trim–I SPEAK FROM EXPERIENCE 🙂 Use the following tools to create a safe barrier so you can paint without fear!
- Paint Trim Guard– This is particularly important with a dark color.
- Paint Edger- seriously a GAME CHANGER! Never looked back and would happily pay 3X THE PRICE
- You don’t want to mess up with dark paint–especially when you are tying in next to the ceiling. Either use tape on the ceiling or this edger (we do the latter)
- Drop Cloth
- You will want lots of drop cloths when you use dark paint.
- Painter’s Tape
- I use painter’s tape on the hardwood floors, over the plastic window inserts, and around the shower. Painter’s tape is a necessity in every home and I never do a project without it–especially one with dark paint!
HALE NAVY COMPARED
There is little doubt Hale Navy is one of the best navy blue paint colors. But, if you aren’t sure about choosing it for cabinets, an exterior project, a bedroom, or an accent wall, hopefully, these comparisons will help you decide.
HALE NAVY VS. VAN DEUSEN BLUE
Above you can see Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue. You can see below how Hale Navy is significantly darker than Van Deusen Blue and has less green in it. To see rooms with Van Deusen blue shown, please go to this blog post: Best Navy Blue Paint Colors.
HALE NAVY VS. SHERWIN-WILLIAMS INDIGO BATIK
Sherwin-Williams Indigo Batik is another fantastic navy blue paint color. It is similar to BM Van Deusen Blue in that there is a lot of green and it is much lighter than Hale Navy. See a fantastic room painted Indigo Batik in this post: Best Navy Blue Paint Colors.
BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY VS. BENJAMIN MOORE OLD NAVY
Out of all the paint colors, Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy is the most similar to Hale Navy. It is a very true blue “navy blue” and has less gray than Hale Navy and is significantly darker. See below with the paint swatch comparison.
HALE NAVY VS. GENTLEMAN’S GRAY
Finally, you can see how Hale Navy compares to Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray. I’ve used both in my homes–Gentleman’s Gray in our old nursery and Hale Navy in our current guest room. See how they compare with the swatches below, and see Gentleman’s Gray bedroom here in The Best Navy Paint Colors. You can see from the paint swatches that Gentleman’s Gray has a lot more green in it than Hale Navy. And after living with both, I can tell you that that is true. Gentleman’s Gray is more of a chameleon color and changes a lot with the light. It is very similar to Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue.
Still undecided? Pin the graphic below, so you don’t forget this blog post and read on to see actual rooms with Hale Navy!
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BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY IN REAL ROOMS
Want to see how Hale Navy really looks? Well, I rounded up some of my friends’ fabulous navy blue rooms and am sharing them below! To see more of each room please click on the link above the photo! These rooms show you the amazing versatility of Hale Navy, and how it looks good in so many different lighting conditions!
HALE NAVY BEDROOMS:
At Charlotte’s House shows how good it looks with an eclectic gallery wall.
(BM Hale Navy in At Charlotte’s House)
Bower Power sets a grown-up mood in her master bedroom sitting room.
(Bower Power Master Sitting Room in Hale Navy)
HALE NAVY BATHROOMS:
Heather from Southern State of Mind shares her DIY solution to expensive navy blue grasscloth wallpaper with her Hale Navy painted wallpaper! It’s genius!
(Southern State of Mind’s Navy Blue Grasscloth Bathroom painted Hale Navy)
The Happy Housie shows how fabulous Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is in her gorgeous bathroom with beadboard.
The Happy Housie shares her Hale Navy-painted bathroom above.
And oh my goodness, I can’t get over this bathroom! Jaime Costiglio steals the show with her Hale Navy Buffalo Check Painted Walls. I mean, seriously!
Jaime Costiglio Hale Navy Buffalo Check Walls
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