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Benjamin Moore Hale Navy: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect navy paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and if it might be right for your home!

Navy paint colors are very popular. Navy is versatile in that it pairs well with many home decor styles, including traditional, coastal, modern, and more.

It also pairs well with many other colors and a variety of wood and metal finishes.

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is one of those popular navy paint colors that you see all over the place.

It’s listed as one of Benjamin Moore’s Best-Selling Colors for a reason! Let’s chat about the details of this color!

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy Paint Color Guide.

Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore, HC-154

Hale Navy is a muted navy paint color. It often appears as a true navy.

This dark paint color works equally well as a neutral or as a moody accent color. Hale Navy can feel both cozy and sophisticated.

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Color Family

Hale Navy is in the blue family.

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around.

This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 8, Hale Navy is an extremely dark paint color.

However, Hale Navy is lighter than many similar navy paint colors.

RGB Colors

R: 67 G: 76 B: 86

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color.

This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code


Benjamin Moore Hale Navy


Hale Navy has subtle gray undertones, which keep the muted color from being too bold or bright.

Hale Navy does not have the typical violet or green undertones of lots of navy paint colors.

Hale Navy may appear slightly lighter and warmer in south-facing rooms. It will look more blue in these spaces than in north-facing rooms.

In north-facing rooms, it may look bolder and darker, and its gray undertones will often be more apparent.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

I like to use dark paint colors like Hale Navy for:

  • Walls of a room you want to feel cozier such as a bedroom, living room, or den (you can even paint the trim and moldings for a more sophisticated feel)
  • Creating a focal point, such as a fireplace
  • Built-ins
  • Cabinets or a kitchen island
  • Accent wall
  • Interior or exterior doors
  • Shutters
  • Home exterior
  • Furniture

Similar Colors

  • Benjamin Moore Evening Sky
  • Behr Dark Night
  • Sherwin Williams Sea Mariner
  • Sherwin Williams Naval
  • Benjamin Moore Baby Seal Black
  • Benjamin Moore Blue Note
  • Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue

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Coordinating Colors

Hale Navy is often considered neutral because it’s so dark and has minimal undertones. This means you can pair it with virtually any color, warm or cool.

I like to pair Hale Navy with crisp whites, grays, light blues, greens, tans, or yellows. It also pairs well with pinks, reds, and violets.

Soft blue-grays:

  • Wedgewood Gray
  • Smoke
  • Sheer Romance
  • Yarmouth Blue
  • Palladian Blue

Mid-toned tans

  • Lennox Tan
  • Fairway Oaks
  • Coastal Path
  • Oak Ridge
  • Greenbrier Beige


  • Bryant Gold
  • Beacon Hill Damask
  • Hawthorne Yellow
  • York Harbor Yellow

Trim Colors

Because of the blue tones in Hale Navy, I prefer to pair it with a crisp, bright white trim color.

Bright white trim colors:

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hale navy paint color palette

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Here are some common frequently asked questions about Hale Navy.

What is the difference between BM Hale Navy and SW Naval?

BM Hale Navy and SW Naval are similar.

Naval is slightly darker than Hale Navy, with an LRV of 4 versus 8.

Naval has green-gray undertones, and Hale Navy has subtle gray undertones.

In both colors, the gray undertones mute the overall color, preventing each from being too bold.

Does BM Hale Navy look gray?

BM Hale Navy has subtle gray undertones, which are more apparent in north-facing rooms with less natural light.

It may look slightly gray in these spaces. It’s always important to swatch colors in your space before committing!

Is BM Hale Navy too dark?

With an LRV of 8, BM Hale Navy is one of the lightest navy colors out there. However, it’s still a very dark paint color.

It will appear at its darkest in dark corners of north-facing rooms without much natural light, but otherwise, Hale Navy often appears as a true navy.

It’s important to swatch colors in your space before committing.

What is a lighter shade of BM Hale Navy?

If you love BM Hale Navy but can’t commit to the darkness, try BM Evening Dove. Always swatch a color in your space before committing.

What color hardware pairs well with BM Hale Navy cabinets?

Brass hardware looks great with BM Hale Navy cabinets, whether you’re going for a traditional, coastal, or modern aesthetic. Hale Navy can also be paired with silver hardware.

What are the undertones of BM Hale Navy?

Hale Navy has slight gray undertones, which keep it from being too bold or bright. Hale Navy does not have the typical violet or green undertones of lots of navy paint colors.

Does BM Hale Navy work for a home’s exterior?

BM Hale Navy looks great on a home’s exterior. Pair with a gray roof to bring out its gray undertones or with a brown roof for a cozier vibe.

Is Hale Navy a good color for kitchen cabinets?

Yes, BM Hale Navy is a popular choice for kitchen cabinets. If you want some color without being too bold, paint just the lower cabinets or just the island.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

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