Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

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

This week in Episode #3 of my paint 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!

Before we dive into Hale Navy on the blog…

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Alright, back to the 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.
Flint & Hale Navy & Black Pepper Comparison

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.
Hale Navy & White Dove

White Dove 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
Hale Navy & Cloud White
Simply white by Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy & Simply White

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
Hale Navy & Fawn Brindle
Gray Wisp by BM with Hale Navy
Hale Navy & Gray Wisp

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 & Sea Salt & Early Morning & Montpelier

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.

On a side note, can you guess what that large black square is above those fabulous patterned chairs & stainless steel 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.  See the full portfolio of this stunning project here.

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.
Hale Navy & White Dove & Sea Haze & Classic Gray


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!

(18) Comments
  • Vella Ashley
    | 9 January 2019

    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.

  • Dana Brown
    | 25 February 2019

    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.:))))

    • Claire Jefford
      | 26 February 2019

      So great to hear this Dana! How fabulous this will be on an exterior. Cheers for your comment!

    • Katie Milligan
      | 29 May 2019

      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!)


      • Claire Jefford
        | 4 June 2019

        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 –> https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/403705554092052549/ There will be lots of photo results in the search. I love it on exteriors!

  • Tracy Greene
    | 9 March 2019

    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!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 15 March 2019

      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! 🙂

  • Jackson
    | 26 June 2019

    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!!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 1 July 2019

      Both colours are beautiful. Choose your other finishes first and if there are no fixed elements like stone or tile, look to your textiles. Then choose the best colour from those. Your project sounds exciting! For inspiration, you can check out a theatre room that I did here in this 3000 square foot basement–> https://clairejefford.com/portfolio/gallery/second-line/

  • Janice Shackelton
    | 27 October 2019

    We are building our retirement home where our cottage once stood. We have a great room/kitchen/dining (one large room). Lower kitchen cupboards and island in hale navy (no uppers). We are trying to maintain the cottage feel.
    I am looking at painting the walls in either BM Manchester Tan or BM Stone House. We have west/southwest windows in the great room WITH a covered deck that does block most direct sunlight.
    Love navy and beige/tan colour combinations in anything…. clothing to decorating😀
    Which paint colour would you suggest for walls?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 31 October 2019

      Hi Janice. Personally I prefer the Manchester Tan if we are looking at those two colours. But that is my preference, so there is not necessarily a right or wrong as long as the paint colour works with other finishes in your home.

  • Tania
    | 26 November 2019

    I have one wall in my dining room painted Hale Navy. I am now re-doing my kitchen and my lower cabinets (some on one side) will be Hale Navy. What colour White to paint the other cabinets?? I like white white, not so much creamy — maybe for the walls.

    And what colour would you recommend for the kitchen and dining room walls?

    • Claire Jefford
      | 9 December 2019

      Hi Tania, take a look at Chantilly Lace or White Diamond – the latter has a blue undertone. Look at possible paint colours with your counters and other fixed elements in the room. You can check out my Essential Colour Guide for more colour pairings to put with Hale Navy. Link here –> https://clairejefford.com/product/hale-navy/

  • Austin Collins
    | 19 December 2019

    We have just painted a big majority of our living room chantilly lace and stuck with same color for trim.
    Our half bath or powder room I have done the tile flooring in this tile which has an almost black/charcoal:

    Then I am doing one wall full floor to ceiling of this charcoal 2.5×10 tile in herringbone (this is the wall behind the toilet and vanity,mirror etc.)

    I was going to leave the walls chantilly lace (may be a safe option) but originally I wanted to go BOLD in this powder room and do all the walls dark.

    What do you think of Hale Navy for the remaining 2.5 walls and ceiling? Or do you suggest any other Benjamin Moore dark charcoal/navy colors you have used before?
    Not sure it makes sense to “paint match” the herringbone tile but wasn’t sure which direction to go.
    Also would you leave the trim chantilly lace? Or what is suggested since all walls are dark? Dark trim?

    Vanity will be a walnut or white oak with white quartz sink, brass mirror and pendant lights from ceiling.

    Thank you for your blog and inspiration!

    • Claire Jefford
      | 4 January 2020

      Hello Austin, thanks for reading my blog! This question is very in depth, therefore I would recommend contacting my good friend and True Colour Expert Maria Killam who does online colour consulting. She will have you send images of your home and links to those items you have mentioned in your comment and can take you through her process in order to choose the best colour for your project. Here is her link –> https://www.mariakillam.com/edesign-sales-page/

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