Best Navy Paint Color

I am always switching things up, so the fact that I’ve had this same navy on my walls for over five years really means this is the best navy paint color.

This is the first of many paint color posts. Each week, I plan to share a paint color of the week to help you find the right color for your next project.

The Best Navy Paint Color

This navy is Valspar’s Night View, and I believe it is the perfect shade of dark navy blue.

Navy’s dark tones capture the eye and cause brighter colors to pop. It compliments all styles of decor and is a wonderful color to add to any space. However, it is a very dark color that should be balanced to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm.

It helps that I have a large wall of windows in our living room which allows plenty of natural light to flood in.

If you want to use Night View in your home but don’t have a lot of natural light, consider balancing the darker space with a lighter, brighter space.

Our kitchen is the opposite of moody and the contrast of the crisp whites provides some relief.

Brighten up moody paint with brighter colors and neutrals. Notice the various shades of pink and burgundy along with the lighter sofas and pillows. The metallic gold also adds another dimension of color and shine.

Moody colors bring sophistication to your room, and they look extra special in the evening.

I painted everything in this perfect navy blue – the air vent, the outlets, and even the trim. I typically use an eggshell/satin finish for my walls and a semi-gloss for trim colors. Keep in mind that you really don’t need much paint for the trim, so only buy a pint of the trim paint.

Why Use Navy Color in Decor

The color blue is one of the world’s most popular colors with nearly half of men (42%) and one-third of women (30%) claiming blue as their favorite color. It is the color of skies and oceans and is often described as being tranquil, peaceful, secure, and full of serenity. Blue can lift our mood and improve the energy of a space.

From a color psychology perspective, blue is typically associated with stability and trustworthiness—there is a reason blue is universally appealing.

Different blue tones evoke different feelings:

  • DARK BLUE: trust, dignity, intelligence, authority
  • BRIGHT BLUE: cleanliness, strength, coolness
  • LIGHT BLUE: peace, serenity, spiritual

If you want more ideas on decorating with navy, you can go HERE.

Night View vs Hale Navy

If you have researched classic navy paint colors, then I’m sure you are familiar with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. It is also a beautiful rich blue and very similar to Valspar’s Night View.

Here’s a side-by-side of the two true navy paint colors. On the left is Night View and on the right is the popular navy loved by interior designers.

They are very similar, and when it comes down to finding the right navy, I would select Night View because the cost of Valspar paint is significantly less than that of Benjamin Moore. Also, Valspar paint provides good coverage and a beautiful finish.

Night View is a beautiful hue that would look great on an accent wall, cabinetry, piece of furniture, or even your front door.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my upcoming favorite paint colors. Do you have a perfect paint color you’d love for me to add to this series? Comment below and let me know!

Want to learn more about other great paint colors? Check out the previous colors of the week:

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The Best Navy Paint Colors

I love using navy in our home (although green is quickly rising to the top as I used it on my DIY paneled wall and dining room buffet). I have tested out a lot of navy colors over the years and wanted to share what I feel are The Best Navy Paint Colors.

The Best Navy Paint Colors


Night View by Valspar

Night View is my favorite navy paint color. It is sophisticated, not too blue, and adds the perfect moodiness to any space. I used it in our living room, and it completely transformed the space.

If you want to see the tutorial for my DIY elegant wall paneling, GO HERE!

Dark Denim by Behr

Dark Denim by Behr is a beautiful true, rich navy. I used it in our half bath but only on half the wall since there is no natural lighting in the space.

Midnight Show by Behr

If you are looking for a more blue, playful navy, then Midnight Show is your color. It is brighter than the others, and I used it in my boys’ room on their accent wall.

I share the full (easy) tutorial for the board and batten treatment in there room, and you can GO HERE to read all about it!

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is a fan favorite. It is a beautiful rich navy. I used it several years ago when I decorated a space for the Indianapolis Home Show (see more on that HERE).

This photo doesn’t do the color justice thanks to fluorescent lighting.

I would highly recommend these four navy paint colors. They are all gorgeous. Anyone have any other favorite navy paint colors? Please share in the comments!

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The Best Paint Colors for Your Home

Our interior paint colors have changed over the years, but today I am sharing my current favorites for the best paint colors.  I am really into creams, grays and anything navy right now, and I add pops of color with accent pieces. I am asked all the time about the navy in our family room, and it is a gorgeous color.  It is Night View by Valspar, and I absolutely love the deep navy color.

I also painted the wall separating the family room and kitchen this gorgeous shade of blue, and you can see the gallery wall HERE. Although it is not complete, I am slowly repainting all our interior doors in Orion Gray by BEHR.

Be careful when painting interior doors because it is impossible to stop at just one!  You can see more details on the DIY laundry room remodel that began my door painting craziness. If you want a brighter navy, try Midnight Show by Navy.  It creates the perfect accent wall in my boys’ room.

You can see more pictures of my boys’ room as well as the tutorial for the board and batten wall by going here. If you are on the search for a pretty gray, try Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams.  I often recommend it to clients who want a neutral, and it works in any space and/or lighting.    

This bathroom was a recent remodel, and you can see all the before and after photos by going here. I prefer a cream over a white in our home because it feels warmer to me (and we have off-white trim).  I have used Coconut Milk by Valspar often in our home – including our master bedroom.  You can see more on our master remodel by going here.

I recently discovered Swiss Coffee by BEHR paint, and it is less creamy than the coconut milk.  

It is gorgeous – especially if you are looking for an off-white color.

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