When it comes to kitchen cabinets, bold is in. And there's something about a spunky navy blue that catches the eye. While this color is a bit unexpected in the kitchen, it's not so daring that it feels unnatural. Plus, the color blue, in general, pleases both homeowners and guests with its soothing, welcoming nature. However, before you get out your paintbrush, narrow in on the perfect shade for your kitchen. Like many colors, there are several different tones of navy, from hues that look more like gray slate to the patriotic blue found in shipyards.
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A favorite among designers all over the country, Hale Navy is deep and moody, but not so dark that you lose the beauty of the blue. This bold navy works great on cabinetry and looks terrific with white and brass accents. Pair it with creamy white upper cabinetry and a butcher block counter for a homey, rustic feel.
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The Spruce's Spectral Blue is a basic navy, but that doesn't mean it's boring. This traditional medium shade is a great choice for a full cabinetry makeover, as it works well with a wide variety of countertops—even dark marbles. And, it won't pull harsh undertones from nearby accents.
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One of the darkest shades on the list, Sherwin-Williams' Naval is a velvety, soft navy blue that looks stunning against bright white walls. Because it's so dark, use this color only in a kitchen with lots of natural light. You don't need much in the way of cabinetry to make this shade work. In fact, a color this bold makes a small kitchen pop for an instant decor statement.
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Another dark navy, Hague Blue is one of Farrow & Ball's most popular shades. This rich blue has hints of green in it that lend dimension, while still looking blue, as opposed to teal. This color looks gorgeous on cabinets with mixed open shelving. If you want to keep the space airy and light, pair it with light marble or quartz countertops.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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If a moody navy is too dark for your space, consider a color like Benjamin Moore's Van Deusen Blue. This navy is a bit brighter than some of the deeper shades with a comforting gray undertone. This color works well in a small kitchen or house that leans toward a more neutral color palette.
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If you want to make a statement in your kitchen, painting your cabinets with a color like Under the Stars is a great first step. This navy blue has strong green undertones lending a teal appearance. It's one of the most saturated navy blues on our list and is a good choice for a bright, colorful kitchen.
Use a satin or semi-gloss finish on the cabinets for easy cleaning.
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If you can't decide between a neutral cabinet color like gray or a bolder choice like navy, you'll love Charcoal Blue. This dark navy has strong undertones that make it appear gray in certain lights. It's a wonderful choice for a classic kitchen with shaker cabinets and marble countertops.
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Another dark paletted paint, Valspar's Royal Navy is a traditional blue that adds tons of depth to a kitchen. This color is a great choice for modern paneled or slab kitchen cabinets because it's bold enough not to appear flat. It works well with silver or black accents and can be paired with both cool or warm wall colors.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Farrow & Ball Black Blue No. 95
By far the darkest color on the list, Farrow & Ball's Black Blue is a great option for anyone who wants to design a highly-contrasted kitchen. This deep navy blue appears almost black in low light. But when natural light shines through, the rich blue hue becomes apparent. This color will look bluer in large kitchens and blacker in small ones.
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Honorable Blue is a strong pigmented blue that falls somewhere in between a medium blue and a navy This energetic color works well if you want to add vibrancy to your kitchen. It pairs well with floral wallpaper or bold, bright paints. And while this color is not the best choice for a timid decorator, it's a great option for those not afraid to make their kitchen the focal point.
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A good choice for a minimalist kitchen, The Spruce's Stormy Skies is a navy blue with strong gray undertones. It works well in both big and small spaces and is a solid pick for anyone wanting to add depth to their room without incorporating a bright color.
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For the brightest option in the bunch, consider Behr's Cayman Bay. This light navy blue is extremely nautical and lightens up nearly any kitchen. Try it out on floor-to-ceiling cabinets or use it just under the counter. This color is slightly muted, so it won't feel dated or overly pigmented, even when paired a bright accent.