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Naval by Sherwin Williams is the perfect navy blue paint color for any room in your home, the exterior of your house, or even your cabinets and kitchen islands.

sherwin williams naval painted walls

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll already know that my favorite color is blue. And when it comes to blue colors, I think a good navy blue is pretty darn perfect in my book. My all-time favorite navy paint is Naval by Sherwin Williams. I’ve used it several times now and it never fails to impress me.

I’ve rounded up several beautiful spaces that use this stunning navy paint so if you’re inclined to go to the dark side, hopefully, these will persuade you!

What Color is Naval by Sherwin Williams

The best way to describe this stunning color is a dark blue hue that gives a calming oasis feel when paired with bright whites, cool grays, or similar colors.

What Colors Compliment Sherwin Williams Naval

If you want to give Naval the starring role in your home, pair it with crisp whites for a timeless look that will not disappoint. If your interior design style leans more toward making a bold statement, Sherwin Williams recommends pairing it with Tarnished Trumpet, Midday, and Kale Green. I personally love how Naval looks with whites and grays, so here are some of my top choices that Naval pairs well with:

Does Naval Look Black?

Just like any dark paint color, the lack of light can cause Naval to look like a very dark navy blue almost black. To make the most out of this stunning classic navy consider using it in north-facing rooms that get consistent light throughout the day.

SW Naval Compared to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

While Naval can look very similar to BM Hale Navy and are two of the most popular blues on the market, there are some slight differences. Hale Navy has more gray undertones while Naval comes off as a true blue color, especially when surrounded by a lot of natural light. If you’re looking for a navy paint color that is more vibrant, Naval is the one for you.

Examples of This Paint Color in Real Homes

Sherwin Williams Naval living room with white board and batten
Naval Walls with Board and Batten via It All Started With Paint

This living room uses Naval on the top portion of the walls paired with crisp white board and batten. Other navy elements are pulled in through the rug and throw pillows to create a beautiful nautical look. So pretty!

Navy Blue Nursery

My eldest son’s room has a Naval accent wall because it was the only place in our house that my husband would agree to navy. I originally wanted to paint our dining room navy but it was nixed. But hey, we got a pretty fun accent wall here instead! I think with the gray paint (Stonington Gray by BM) and the navy and white striped curtains, it looks pretty cool and masculine.

Naval Front Door

Front door with wreath painted in the color Naval by Sherwin Williams
Navy Blue (Naval) Door via On Sutton Place

My love affair with Naval first began after seeing Ann from On Sutton Place’s front door. I instantly went out and purchased a quart of paint and painted my front door too…and then all the shutters on my house. I’ve found that when used on an exterior, the paint is a bit inkier – very true to the color above. And once again, I’m considering this same color for the front door of our new house. It’s just so classy don’t you think?

Naval Entryway

Naval entryway with white staircase
Naval walls with crisp white trim via Earnest Home Co.

Navy and crisp white is such a classic look. There’s something so sophisticated and elegant about the contrast between these two colors, and Earnest Home Co. has really nailed it in her foyer. Sheer rich navy perfection!

Kitchen Cabinets

Two toned kitchen cabinets with white uppers and Naval base cabinets
Navy Blue Kitchen Cabinets via The Grit & Polish

Naval isn’t just a great paint color for walls and doors but for your kitchen’s lower cabinets, too. Paired with gold hardware, it’s a navy dream!


A coffered ceiling with naval inlay ina stunning dinning room.
Naval coffered ceiling via Home Bunch

A navy blue ceiling with stars in a little boy room decorated in Star Wars theme.
Naval Boy’s Room Ceiling with Stars via Little Bits of Home

How about switching it up and painting your ceiling navy? While I don’t suggest doing this in every room of your room, it’s pretty special in a bedroom or even a bathroom. Don’t want to commit to a full ceiling of color? Partially painting the inserts on a tray ceiling brings the room to a whole new level and gives a sense of depth.

Naval Painted Furniture

A dresser painted with Naval by Sherwin Williams. Such a pretty shade of blue!
Navy painted dresser via City Farmhouse

Last but not least, Naval is the perfect color if you’re looking to spiff up a piece of furniture, just like Jen from City Farmhouse did with this dresser. It’s the perfect way to add that navy touch to a space without having to commit to a whole wall of color!

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for the perfect navy blue for your home, I think Sherwin Williams Naval is a really great choice. From walls to cabinets and furniture, it’s a stunning color that’s sure to wow. It can also up your home’s curb appeal when used on your front door for all to see. While I wouldn’t suggest painting a whole room in this color, it’s a great way to add a statement to your own home.

Don’t Forget To Always Use Real Paint Samples!

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides peel and stick paint samples made with real paint, that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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  1. I painted my front door this Naval color… I just love it!

  2. We used SW Indigo Batik for our front door with a brick house to pick up the cool tones of the brick; the brick is very different with hues of charcoal, chestnut, terra cotta and purple-y undertones. Indigo Batik is not as “black” as Hale Navy, but it is also a very true navy to my eyes and of course looks darker inside that it does on an exterior surface. I would love to use it to paint our dark-ish dining room with mahogany furniture. I think the furniture would look great with Navy. Your idea to paint the tray ceiling with Navy is also intriguing.

  3. Hey, that’s my house!
    Never linked or credited to my page or that of our photographer.

    1. Hi Donna – all the images in the post are credited. If one is incorrectly credited, can you let me know which one?