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Sherwin Williams In the Navy: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect navy paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Sherwin Williams In the Navy and if it might be right for your home!

Navy paint colors are bold, sophisticated, and moody all at once! They’re perfect if you’re looking for a dark neutral or splash of color.

Navy paint colors pair well with many decor styles, such as traditional, modern, or coastal. It also pairs well with virtually any finish.

Let’s dive into the details of one of those pretty navy paint colors today: In the Navy!

Sherwin Williams In the Navy Paint Color Guide

In the Navy, Sherwin Williams, SW 9178

In the Navy is a bold, deep navy paint color. It’s both classy and dramatic.

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Color Family

In the 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 4, In the Navy is an extremely dark paint color.

If you were to use In the Navy in a bathroom or closet without any natural light, it may even look slightly blackish.

It will also look very dark in corners of rooms far from natural light.

RGB Colors

R: 40 G: 56 B: 73

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


Sherwin Williams In the Navy
SW In the Navy


In the Navy has green undertones.

With such a low LRV, In the Navy doesn’t change too much depending on the lighting. It will look quite dark in almost all spaces.

However, it may appear slightly lighter and warmer in south-facing rooms. In some rooms with lots of natural light, you may see those green undertones, causing the paint color to look slightly teal.

In north-facing rooms, In the Navy may appear slightly darker.

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 In the 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
  • Interior or exterior doors
  • Home exterior
  • Shutters
  • Accent wall
  • Furniture

Similar Colors

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Coordinating Colors

In the Navy is a dark enough paint color that it’s considered neutral by some.

This means it plays well with almost all other paint colors, including beiges, warm and cool grays, blues, whites, greens, yellows and pinks.

Warm beiges:

  • Dirty Martini
  • Rice Grain
  • Steamed Chai
  • Natural Wool
  • Oyster Bar

Bright whites:

Light to mid-toned blues:

  • Tradewind
  • Rain
  • Languid Blue
  • Billowy Breeze
  • Sleepy Hollow

Trim Colors

In the Navy pairs well with bright white trim colors.

Bright white trim colors:

In the Navy color palette

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Sherwin Williams In the Navy Palette

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Here are some common frequently asked questions about In the Navy.

What is the difference: In the Navy vs Naval?

Naval and In the Navy are similar navy paint colors. They both have an LRV of 4, which means they will reflect and absorb the same amount of light.

Naval has gray-green undertones, and In the Navy has green undertones. The undertones cause Naval to be a bit more muted and In the Navy to appear a bit more saturated.

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

What is the difference: In the Navy vs Hale Navy?

In the Navy and Hale Navy are similar paint colors. However, Hale Navy is lighter and more muted than in the Navy, which is darker and more saturated.

Hale Navy has an LRV of 8 vs In the Navy’s LRV of 4. Hale Navy has subtle gray undertones, and In the Navy has green undertones. It’s always best to swatch colors in your space before committing.

Does SW In the Navy look black?

SW In the Navy typically does not look black.

However, it is a very dark paint color, and if used in a room without any natural light, it may look slightly blackish.

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

Is In the Navy warm or cool?

SW In the Navy is a cool paint color.

Is In the Navy a good color for kitchen cabinets?

Yes, navy, in general, 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.

Is SW In the Navy a good choice for home exteriors?

Yes, SW In the Navy looks great for home exteriors.

Because it’s so dark, the color is almost neutral, so it pairs well with many whites, grays, and tans, meaning it will pair well with many siding and finish options.

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

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.

Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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