TNT colour review episode #3 Hale Navy

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

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Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is one of my absolute FAVOURITE colours for interior design and decor!

This week in Episode #3 of my TNT – THE NAKED TRUTH – colour reviews, I am super excited to share more details about this colour and a couple of client projects where I’ve used this sumptuous colour.


  • Colour Comparisons to Hale Navy
  • Best Whites for Ceilings, Doors and Trim to pair with this dramatic and moody colour
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations
  • My Favourite Applications of Where To Use Hale Navy In Interior Design

Are you ready? Let’s do this!


Colour Review of:

Hale Navy HC-154 by Benjamin Moore

Hale Navy HC154 Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy HC154 Benjamin Moore


Colour Comparisons:

Forgive my tattered large colour boards, they have been very well used!

Below you can see comparisons between Black Pepper on the far right and Flint AF560 to the left. Both colours are a blue- gray with Black Pepper being lighter and more blue that the Flint.

From left to righ: Flint AF 560 Hale Navy & Black Pepper 2130-40
From left to right: Flint AF 560,  Hale Navy & Black Pepper 2130-40  All colours are from Benjamin Moore.

See these three paint colours used in different designs that I did below.

Dining room with Hale Navy niche and ceiling. Photo by Stephani Buchman.

I used Black Pepper in one of my most exciting and largest projects to date!  The image below shows our clients secret Xbox room with this blue gray colour on the ceiling. The walls are an even lighter blue gray tone, painted in Boothbay Gray by BM.

Secret Xbox room, walls Black Pepper by BM.Photo by Stephani Buchman
Graffiti wall and shag rug with blue velvet couch
Graffiti wall and shag rug with blue velvet couch

To check out that incredible 3000 square foot contemporary basement design, click here.

As I mentioned in my Hale Navy colour review video, here’s my own living room (shown below) painted Flint by BM. You can see how much darker it is and also, how much more gray it is when compared to Hale Navy.

Living Room Painted Flint by Benjamin Moore. Click here to see more of my house.

Best White Paint Colours

So many whites work well with this sensuous dark blue tone. You’ll see below how you can use it with either a creamy white or a more crisp white depending on the direction you wish to go and, of course, being guided by the fixed elements within the space.

Hale Navy with White Dove. Both Benjamin Moore Colours.

White Dove (shown on the baseboard in the above image) is a creamy white. This white works wonderfully with Hale Navy, offering a soft, yet rich feel. Check out my colour review of White Dove in this post.

Colour combination of White Dove with Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore.

Here are some other great whites you can use for ceiling and trim in your next interior design project with Hale Navy:

Cloud White by Benjamin Moore
Simply white by Benjamin Moore

For a more crisp pairing, you can use Chantilly Lace or White Diamond, of which the latter has a slight blue undertone.


Creating striking colour palettes with Hale Navy is limitless really.

Think about it, what doesn’t go with dark blue jeans???  That’s what’s so great about dark blues like this, they can essentially work with pretty much any colour.

Hale Navy and Fawn Brindle by Sherwin Williams
Gray Wisp by BM with Hale Navy

Here’s a couple of gorgeous paint colour palettes…

Hale Navy with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams
Listed paint colours shown here with this beautiful geode patterned fabric

Hale Navy with Classic Gray OC23 is a sumptuous pairing that we used in a clients exquisite living room re-design shown here.

See more of this clients living room here. Photos by Stephani Buchman.

Can you guess what that black square is above those fabulous patterned chairs & fireplace?

It’s a water fountain feature!!

Before my clients hired me, this stuck out so much that this ‘black square’ was the focal point of the room. By painting the wall Hale Navy & adding some beautifully patterned chairs in front of the stainless steel fireplace, the frame of the fountain was less ‘in your face’ and not so much the focus of the room. Here’s a before…

Here’s the before photo

Okay, I digress. Back to paint colour combinations with Hale Navy.

When decorating a space, in order to have flow, you need to repeat some key colours from room to room.

For example, in our clients dining room where we painted the niche wall & ceiling Hale Navy, we repeated the dark blue in the accent pillows and the custom window seat.

Custom bench seat with soft accents in dark blue tones.


This colour palette graphic shows you how flawlessly all these hues look together.

White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..
White Dove and Hale Navy pairs nicely with Classic Gray and Sea Haze..


Here’s a video where I share much more about the thought process behind the design for my Toronto clients living and dining room.

My Favourite Places to Use Hale Navy

As you can see from the professional photography of my work, I love using Hale Navy as an accent wall or for a bold ceiling. We are also finishing up another clients dining room where we used this dark blue on all the walls and it really is striking and dramatic.

I also ADORE Hale Navy for cabinetry in kitchens, bathrooms or on an antique piece of furniture.  And did I mention that I love to see it on other millwork such as wainscoting and stairs?

To see some of my favourite inspirational photos, check out my Pinterest board ‘Best Navy & Dark Blue Paint Colours’ here.

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If you’ve used a paint colour that I’ve reviewed or you;  want to ask a question: or even if you have a different point of view to mine, please do share with us here.

For colour advice, please note that I can’t always give advice based on simply reading about a scenario.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

Contact me here to see how I can help you transform your home.

Until then, follow me on Pinterest to see more colour combinations and inspiration for your home. See you there!

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12 thoughts on “Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review”

  1. Hi I did my studio condo in Palm beach in hale navy,dove white trim and ceiling. Love it. What do you think of coral gable for the bath.

  2. I really liked this because I’ve been struggling with painting my craftsman exterior with SW Indigo Batik.
    When I saw Hale, I fell in love with that.
    So when I put the two together, and found your video, it instantly made up my mind.
    Thank you for sharing.:))))

    • Hi Dana,

      I am also struggling with what to do my craftsman interior in! Hale navy is currently the front runner. Do you happen to have a pic of your house? (if it’s finished!)


      • Hi Katie, Claire here. Although I haven’t got a photo from a project where I’ve used Hale Navy on the exterior, have a look on Pinterest and search ‘Hale Navy Exteriors’. That’s where I found this picture –> There will be lots of photo results in the search. I love it on exteriors!

  3. We’re waiting for primer to dry and then will paint our IKEA bookcases Hale Navy. Walls are Revere Pewter. If I love it, I’ll try to remember to post a picture. So glad I found you just now!

    • Wow, sounds very interesting! Send me a photo when it’s done and we may share it to our Instagram story. Cheers for sharing, I’m glad you found me too! 🙂

  4. I love your review on hale navy Claire! I’m debating on this color as I’m choosing one for my theatre room in the basement (with minimal natural lighting). Do you think it’s a reasonable option? I’m also looking at Old Navy by Benjamin Moore and it seems like it’s more blue whereas Hale Navy is more gray. What’s your opinion on these two? Thanks in advance!!

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