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Sherwin Williams Naval Navy (Exteriors, Cabinets, and More!) SW 6244

    It’s difficult but I’ll refrain from the “Ahoy, maties” and “Aye, Captains” because Naval is so much more than a nautical paint color.

    Naval swatched over a white kitchen with Naval island

    This vibrant navy does “coastal” or “Victorian” equally well, and you don’t have to pair it with crisp whites (although you might want to!).

    In this article we will take a look at Naval in real homes, match it up with some fun colors, and finally, peruse the dupes!

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    What Color is Sherwin Williams Naval (SW 6244)

    Sherwin Williams Naval is a deep navy blue with a rich saturated quality. It is technically as dark as some black paint colors, but it reads brighter.

    Paintbrush swipe of Naval

    You will see a lot of Naval with gold, because the two together is just *chef’s kiss*.

    LRV of Sherwin Williams Naval

    The LRV of Naval is 4.

    What does that tell us?

    The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.

    In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.

    LRV of Naval on a scale from 0 to 100 with a background of a sailboat

    This is what I meant by “technically as dark as some black paint colors.” At 4, Naval has an LRV on par with several true black paints. It just has more actual color in it.

    What Are the Undertones of Naval

    Naval is about as deep navy and indigo as you can get without actually being purple.

    Some might say that it has a purple undertone, and while on a scale of blues, it is definitely closer to purple than green, it doesn’t look purple.

    I don’t personally find Naval to be one of those chameleon colors, it usually looks exactly how you would expect.

    If you are after a predictable navy, this could be the one!

    Sherwin Williams Naval swatched over a ship sailing at night

    Is Naval Warm or Cool

    Because Naval is such a saturated blue tone, it is classified as a cool color.

    Naval Color Strip

    Naval doesn’t technically have its own color strip. Sherwin Williams placed it in a collection of similar dark one-off colors.

    I went through the options myself, and found that the color strip from Upward to Indigo Batik is the closest possible continuation of Naval:

    Sherwin williams Naval color strip from upward to indigo batik

    Lighter Version of Naval

    Indigo Batik is the darkest color that Sherwin Williams places on the color strip, but as you can see Naval is a bit darker and fits in nicely.

    If you are looking for something like Naval but lighter, Indigo Batik should be on your list!

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Indigo Batik (SW 7602)

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Indigo Batik

    Indigo Batike has an LRV of 8.

    Darker Version of Naval

    Since Naval does have a very deep LRV at 4, what you might actually want is a less saturated color.

    You might like Sherwin Williams Inkwell.

    If you want a black paint color, check out Tricorn Black.

    Sherwin Williams Naval Color Palette

    Here is Naval with a few popular paint colors, and a couple of my favorite pairings:

    Sherwin Williams Naval color paletter featuring manchester tan, sea salt, icicle, Urbane Bronze, Alabaster, agreeable gray, and carolina gull.

    Naval Complementary & Coordinating Colors

    Let’s take a closer look at these colors.

    Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

    Manchester Tan is a cheery natural color that is coming back into style in a major way! It’s a nice neutral to try out with Naval.

    See more: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (Review and Dupes of The Cheeriest Beige!)

    Sherwin Williams Naval with Urbane Bronze and Manchester Tan on paint can lids on a dock beside rope

    Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

    Urbane Bronze is very close to being directly across the color wheel from Naval, which means it is a good complementary color.

    This former Sherwin Williams “Color of the Year” is every bit as versatile as Naval. It would make a particularly nice trim choice for a Naval exterior.

    Read more about this color in my post: Urbane Bronze Review and Dupes (It Goes With Literally Everything!) SW 7048

    Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

    Swatch of Naval on a paint lid beside a paint lid of sea salt on a wood dock with ropes

    Sea Salt is a beautiful, light and airy, gray-green. It is an unexpected favorite for a whole home neutral.

    Read more about this coordinating color here: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (Complete Review and Color Matches!)

    Sherwin Williams Alabaster

    You do need a white choice if you are going for coastal vibes, and Sherwin Williams Alabaster is an age old favorite! It is not a crisp white however, so this would create a more subtle contrast.

    Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

    Ah Agreeable Gray! I actually wish I hated it, because it’s suuuuper popular, but it really does work in most color schemes.

    Paint lid covered in agreeable gray laying face up beside a paint can lid of Naval on a wood dock background

    While the color is certainly agreeable, it should be called “Agreeable Greige” because it is far from being a plain gray.

    Check out this popular neutral in more detail: Accessible Beige vs Agreeable Gray (How to Choose!)

    Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull

    Carolina Gull is a beautiful sagey green that loves a good navy!

    Naval with coordinating colors icicle and carolina gull on paint lids with a wood nautical background

    Here is Carolina Gull paired with a similar navy shade by Benjamin Moore called Evening Dove:

    Carolina Gull on built ins in a study
    Photo credit: Maven Custom Carpentry

    You can see how good that would look with Naval!

    (Evening Dove is just a bit lighter and grayer.)

    Love it? You’ll love this: Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull (The Latest in Sage Greens!) 2138-40

    Sherwin Williams Icicle

    Icicle is the lone color I included that was recommended by Sherwin Williams to go with Naval. It is a soft gray-blue.

    You could potentially use Icicle as a trim color if you wanted a cool lower-contrast option, but you would have to really commit and keep it as your only “white.”

    Heather (@hethlee123) did just that with the exterior of her 107 year old home:

    Sherwin Williams Naval house exterior with icicle trim
    Photo Credit: @hethlee123

    She used Icicle for the trim on all of the windows on her Naval home. More on her exterior when we look at real life photos!

    What Trim Colors Go With Sherwin Williams Naval?

    Besides Icicle, what trim colors are going to work with SW Naval?

    Let’s take a look at different white options, and then wood trim.

    White Paint that Goes with Naval

    Sherwin Williams Naval with white trim colors, Pure White, Alabaster, Extra White, and Greek Villa

    Sherwin Williams Pure White

    Pure White is a popular white by Sherwin Williams. It is a pretty true white, but not overly bright.

    Sherwin Williams Extra White

    Extra White is a bit cleaner than Pure White. It has no real undertone at all, which makes it a popular trim choice.

    Sherwin Williams Alabaster

    Alabaster is of course, the OG fan-favorite creamy white.

    I actually have pictures of Naval with all three of these whites (Pure White, Extra White, and Alabaster) when you get to real life photos below!

    Sherwin Williams Greek Villa

    Greek Villa is a creamy white without being yellowy or too dark. It’s not the first color that comes to mind for trim, but it is soft and versatile.

    Sherwin Williams Naval swatched over a sailboat on the water with warm misty light in the background

    SW Naval with Wood Trim

    I find that most navy paint colors like all different tones of wood.

    Seeing as the official complementary color for Naval is a deep brown, it especially makes sense in this case!

    Here is how Naval will look with a variety of different wood trim shades:

    SW Naval with wood trim including Oak, Mahogany, Dark wood, and black

    I also tossed in Tricorn Black, because why not? Black is getting very popular for interior doors, so someone may be curious!

    Sherwin Williams Naval Home Interior

    Ready for the fun part?

    It’s Naval in real life!

    Sherwin Williams Naval Kitchen Cabinets

    Let’s get straight to the good stuff and see Naval on cabinets!

    You probably noticed this swoon-worthy kitchen on one of my swatches earlier:

    Sherwin Williams Pure White kitchen walls and upper cabinets with large sw naval island.
    Photo Credit: @piperstromatt

    This kitchen is by designer Piper Stromatt (@piperstromatt). She used Sherwin Williams Pure White on the perimeter cabinets and Naval on the island.

    The waterfall island and touches of gold add to the luxury vibe.

    Piper didn’t list the wall color, but it looks pretty close to Sherwin Williams First Star.

    This next kitchen also features Naval on an island in an otherwise white kitchen:

    Nebulous white cabinet with SW Naval Island and black hardware.
    Photo Credit: @turquoisebydesign

    Stacey (@turquoisebydesign) chose Sherwin Williams Nebulous White for the perimeter cabinets, and used consistent black hardware throughout.

    Nebulous white cabinet with SW Naval Island and black hardware.
    Photo Credit: @turquoisebydesign

    (Did you peep that feature wall in the background? It looks like Sherwin Williams Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog.)

    I love the timeless mid-toned wood that the homeowners chose for the flooring and accents!

    Nebulous white cabinet with camel colored leather barstools at a SW Naval Island and black hardware.
    Photo Credit: @turquoisebydesign

    Naval with Oak Cabinets

    Wondering if Naval could work with existing oak cabinets?

    Here’s a graphic to help you visualize:

    Sherwin Williams Naval on wall behind Warm oak cabinets

    I do think Naval looks good with most wood tones. If you are unsure you can always order stick on samples to move around your kitchen.

    The fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to test your paint colors, is by ordering a peel-and-stick sample!

    Samplize will ship you a large “sticker” made of actual paint. You can reposition it to check out the color in every area of your home.

    The best part? It often ends up being cheaper than buying the test pots and sampling the old fashioned way. (Plus you can order all the colors you want!)

    Canadian? Hello Paint does the same thing, without the expensive international shipping.

    I don’t really have pictures of Naval with a lot of wood, but here is a similar color – Benjamin Moore Hale Navy:

    Hale Navy with warm wood trim and a fireplace with mahogany mantle
    Photo Credit: @1895stepler_house

    Naval should look pretty similar to this.

    Here is a wood closer to honey oak, but in artificial light:

    wooden accent wall in Hale Navy
    Photo Credit: @retrorevivaldesign

    Hopefully that helps you picture it a bit better!

    Sherwin Williams Naval Living Room

    This living room is fun because Megan (@creationsbymegans) chose to use Naval on all of the walls instead of just a feature wall:

    SW Naval in a living room with white trim, white ceiling, and a chandelier
    Photo Credit: @creationsbymegans

    Sherwin Williams Naval Dining Room

    This design by Ironwood Studio (@asoloironwoodstudio) also made the most of Naval, and used it on every wall.

    Sherwin Williams Naval in a dining room with a retro shell chandelier, long wood table and white chairs
    Photo Credit: @asoloironwoodstudio

    The retro chandelier and custom covered chairs complete the look in this dining room.

    Sherwin Williams Naval Bathroom

    I actually have two powder rooms to show you in Naval.

    This first one is by the team at Very Good Painting:

    Naval Bathroom with gold accents and white ceiling
    Photo Credit: @verygoodpaintingllc

    The homeowners chose gold hardware, fixtures, and even picture frames. The gold is fabulous with Naval!

    You might have noticed that the white on the ceiling and door is very soft and creamy. My guess would be that it is SW Alabaster, but if they get back to me I will update!

    The next bath is by Piper again!

    (Remember that drop dead delicious kitchen earlier?)

    Naval wall and navy blue wallpaper with gold dotted wave pattern in a bathroom with gold pendant lamps
    Photo Credit: @piperstromatt

    The navy blue in the wave themed wallpaper accent wall is a perfect match for Naval! If you take a look in the mirror you can see that Naval graces the tall ceilings as well!

    (I think the color in the hallway looks like Sherwin Williams Shoji White, which I happen to know that Piper loves!)

    Sherwin Williams Naval Exterior

    In terms of a full exterior I was surprised to not find Naval on many houses.

    Here is the one belonging to Heather that I showed briefly when we were talking about Icicle:

    sherwin williams Naval exterior in fall with sw icicle white trim
    Photo Credit: @hethlee123

    Speaking of icicles:

    sherwin williams Naval exterior in winter with sw icicle white trim
    Photo Credit: @hethlee123

    Naval looks so pretty in the snow! The cedar shutters are a nice additional pop of color.

    That’s it for actual Naval exteriors. I did find something very similar however:

    Anchors Aweigh and Inkwell Navy blue exterior with abington putty shakes and white trim
    Photo Credit: @headwaters_painting_llc

    The homeowners working with Headwaters Painting (@headwaters_painting_llc) chose to use a 50/50 mix of Sherwin Williams Anchors Aweigh (a similiar navy), and Inkwell (an almost black navy).

    I’m no mathematician but I calculated the RGB of this particular blend, and as far as I can tell it would be just a bit more gray than Naval.

    Anchors Aweigh and Inkwell Navy blue exterior with abington putty shakes and white trim
    Photo Credit: @headwaters_painting_llc

    Having actually seen Naval on an exterior, I would say it’s pretty darn close. Perhaps just a bit more vibrant.

    The color on the shakes is Benjamin Moore Abingdon Putty.

    This next navy is also similar but a bit more charcoal:

    Cyberspace swatched beside a Cyberspace exterior

    More about Cyberspace and Anchors Aweigh in just a minute!

    Naval on a Front Door and Matching Shutters

    I do actually have the real deal Naval on a front door, as well as shutters!

    Sherwin williams Naval on the front door of a brick house with SW Extra White Trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf

    Doesn’t Naval look amazing with brick?

    Sherwin williams Naval on the front door of a brick house with SW Extra White Trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf

    S&L Painting (@slpaintingsf) used Sherwin Williams Extra White on the trim for this home.

    Naval shutters on a brick home with white trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf
    Naval shutters on a brick home with white trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf
    Naval shutters on a brick home with white trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf
    Naval on front door of a brick house with matching naval shutters and sw extra white trim
    Photo Credit: @slpaintingsf

    Naval Compared to Other Navy Blue Paint Colors

    Now we enter the baffling blue world of navy paint colors! I mean seriously, how can there be so many??

    (Although, according to the Inkwell/Anchors Aweigh exterior people, there still weren’t enough!)

    Let’s compare some navy blues, shall we?

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Anchors Aweigh (SW 9179)

    Anchors Aweigh is just a bit darker, a touch more gray, and a touch closer to violet than Naval.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Anchors Aweigh

    The LRV of Anchors Aweigh is 3.

    *I apologize profusely that I autocorrected the spelling from Anchors “Aweigh” to Anchors “Away” on the graphic, but not profusely enough to start it all over. Sorry ’bout it!*

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs In the Navy (SW 9178)

    I love a good navy, I do… but are we 100% sure that even the people at Sherwin Williams could tell Naval from In the Navy?

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs In the Navy

    I feel like if I need to punch the color codes in repeatedly to figure out the difference, one of these might be superfluous.

    Then again, I can tell almost all white paint colors apart now, so maybe I just need more time with navies!

    Anyways, “In the Navy” is the same color as Naval, but just a little less saturated (meaning a touch more gray).

    The LRV of both colors is 4.

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Charcoal Blue (SW 2739)

    Hooray for colors that are easily differentiated!

    Charcoal Blue is how it sounds: A more charcoal navy. It’s also a bit closer to violet than Naval is, and a touch lighter, with an LRV of 6.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Charcoal Blue

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Cyberspace (SW 7076)

    I have actually written a whole post about Cyberspace: Sherwin Williams Cyberspace (The Moodiest Charcoal Blue!)

    I really love Cyberspace! It’s more gray than Charcoal Blue even, so it can sometimes look almost black.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Cyberspace

    As you saw from that exterior earlier, it is still navy, but looks less so beside bolder blues.

    Cyberspace, believe it or not, is in the exact same blue area as Naval, it just has way less color in it!

    Cyberspace is also a bit lighter than Naval, with an LRV of 6.

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Indigo (SW 6531)

    If Naval is the same color blue as Cyberspace, but more saturated, then Indigo continues the trend. It is also in the same space on the color wheel as Naval and Cyberspace, but waaay more saturated.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Indigo

    Indigo actually has an LRV of 6, it just reads lighter because it is so bright.

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (HC-154)

    I interrupt this parade of Sherwin Williams navies to bring you one by Benjamin Moore.

    We saw a little bit from Hale Navy earlier, so let’s compare!

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Hale Navy

    You can see that Hale Navy is just a bit more muted than Naval. It is not only more gray, but lighter too, with an LRV of 8.36.

    Read all about Hale Navy and see waaay more photos in my post: Hale, Yes! It’s Hale Navy! (Benjamin Moore’s Go-with-everything Paint Color)

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Dress Blues (SW 9176)

    Back to the SW navies we go!

    Dress Blues kind of splits the difference between the ultra-saturated Indigo and the more tame Naval. It’s still in the same color area, and has an LRV of 5.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Dress Blues

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Gale Force (SW 7605)

    Gale Force is more green and more gray than Naval. It has an LRV of 6.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Gale Force

    If you like Gale Force, you might like Cascades, which is from the same Sherwin Williams collection.

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Salty Dog (SW 9177)

    Salty Dog is one of Sherwin Williams more popular navy paint colors.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Salty Dog

    It has an LRV of 5, so it’s not significantly lighter than Naval, but it’s a much brighter, in-your-face color.

    Some of that brightness is from a bit of extra yellow rather than violet.

    Sherwin Williams Naval vs Benjamin Moore Old Navy (2063-10)

    Back to our friend Benny for this last FAQ on navy vs navy, with the color Old Navy.

    Swatch of Sherwin Williams Naval above swatches of several other navy paint colors including vs Old Navy

    Old Navy is darker than Naval with an LRV of just 3.11. It is also so much closer to violet that it makes Naval look almost teal in comparison.

    Dupes for Sherwin Williams Naval from Other Brands

    If you’re here for the copycat colors, I’ve got them here! I found one pretty good dupe for Naval from each major paint brand:

    A picture of a naval exterior with three dupes swatched in front

    Benjamin Moore Naval Equivalent

    The Benjamin Moore dupe for Naval is the closest color match that I found from any other brand. It is the color North Sea.

    Benjamin Moore North Sea (CC-932)

    Take a look at these two and see if you can spot the difference!

    Sherwin Williams Naval in Benjamin Moore paint North Sea

    Me neither. I mean, I can see the line a little bit, but I couldn’t put my finger on what changed.

    Apparently North Sea is just a tiny bit more gray than Naval. Other than that, these colors are twinsies!

    Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Naval

    The closest equivalent for Sherwin Williams Naval in Valspar paint, is the color Indigo Streamer.

    Valspar Indigo Streamer (4010-4)

    I’ve reviewed quite a lot of dark colors, and Valspar consistently has fewer deep dark options than Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams.

    I did get reasonably close with Indigo Streamer. It’s about the same color, but lighter and a bit less saturated (more gray) than Naval.

    Naval dupe Valspar Indigo Streamer

    Naval Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)

    Behr’s version of Naval is their popular shade Very Navy.

    Behr Very Navy (M500-7)

    Sherwin Williams Naval in Behr Very Navy

    Like the Valspar dupe Indigo Streamer, Very Navy is a bit lighter and grayer than Naval, but not quite as much so.

    Naval Final Moody Musings

    • Naval is a deep navy, but a bright one, so it won’t ever look black
    • Naval is a classic choice for an exterior. Pair with Urbane Bronze for something different, or a timeless white
    • Go for gold with fixtures, hardware, and accessories

    I hope this helped you decide if Naval was the one for you!

    Not it? Check out these other great posts:

    Swatch of Hale Navy over a background of a Hale Navy wall with a wood mantled fireplace
    Cyberspace Swatch over a living room with a cyberspace wall
    Paint drop of Homburg Gray over a living room with a mount on one wall and simple victorian Inspired furniture

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