Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

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Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

Hale Navy, HC-154, by Benjamin Moore is one of my absolute FAVOURITE colours for interior design and decor!

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…

I’m super excited to announce the release of my new Essential Colour Guides!

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The choices one has for paint colours are infinite.  Selecting the best colour for your home and then choosing additional colours to compliment it is a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be anymore.

My Essential Paint Guides are an incredibly helpful tool for homeowners and designers alike. Click here to learn more about what every 4 page PDF download  includes.

We are adding new colours all the time so be sure to check back often! Hale Navy was one of the first Colour Guides we created as it’s such a hugely popular colour.

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 2130-40 on the far right and Flint AF-560 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 projects we designed below.

Dining room with Hale Navy niche and ceiling.

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 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 own home.

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, OC-17, 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 CC-40 by Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy & Cloud White
Simply White OC-117 by Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy & Simply White

For a more crisp pairing, you can use Chantilly Lace OC-65 or White Diamond OC-61, of which the latter has a slight blue undertone.


Creating striking paint 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 SW 7640 by Sherwin Williams
Hale Navy & Fawn Brindle
Gray Wisp CC-670 by BM with Hale Navy
Hale Navy & Gray Wisp

Here’s a couple of gorgeous paint colour palettes…

Hale Navy with Sea Salt SW 6204 by Sherwin Williams
Listed paint colours shown here with this beautiful geode patterned fabric
Hale Nav HC-154, Sea Salt SW 6204, Early Morning CC-818 & Montpelier AF-555

Hale Navy with Classic Gray OC-23 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


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 to make a bold statement on a 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?

My Hale Navy Essential Colour Guide is a great resource. You’ll have all the info right at your fingertips plus more gorgeous colour combinations.

Hale Navy is now part of my Benjamin Moore Grays and Blue-Green Collection showcasing all 10 of my Benjamin Moore grays and blue-green essential colour guides.

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Remember, it only takes one mistake to take your home decorating project from divine to disaster. Don’t let the paint be what stresses you out!

We now have over 30 for you to select from, plus carefully curated paint collections!

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If you want to get all my Benjamin Moore colour guides in one place, look no further than my Benjamin Moore Ultimate Collection.  All 20 of my Benjamin Moore guides in one handy collection.

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Not sure where to start?? Take my colour quiz and find out which palette best suits your style.


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.

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