Choosing the Perfect Navy Paint
For quite some time now, I’ve known that I’ve wanted to go BOLD in the guest room. I’m not sure how I came up with the idea that the room had to be navy, but once I landed on that idea…there was no turning back. That room was going to be navy! But the problem is…there are sooooo many navy paint colors out there. How the heck was I going to find the right one for the space?
Following some of the tips from this post, I browsed the internet, Pinterest, and some of my favorite blogs for inspiration. After lots of research, I narrowed it down to 4 navy contenders.
Valspar “Cadet Song” (VR11SA)
Photo via The Lily Pad Cottage
Valspar “Indigo Streamer (4010-4)
Photo via Desert Domicile
Valspar “Dutch Licorice” (4008-4C)
Photo via Whatever She’s Got
Valspar “Relaxed Navy” (5001-2B)
Photo via Grace Lee Cottage
Honestly, I liked them all and had no idea how the heck I was going to choose one winner. So, I headed to Lowe’s and got some samples to bring back home with me.
Top: Relaxed Navy (left) Dutch Licorice (right) Bottom: Cadet Song (left) Indigo Streamer (right)
I painted them on the wall, where our wood wall would be installed. After painting them, I immediately knew that the one in the upper left hand corner was OUT. It was pretty, but much too light and blue for my liking. I needed something darker.
The other 3 were still in the race though, and I needed to figure out which one was right for me. I didn’t want to paint the 3 samples on the other walls of the room, specifically because I wasn’t yet decided if I was just going to paint the wood wall in navy as an accent, and leave the other 3 walls gray.
So that’s when this new product from Lowe’s came into play…and let me tell you it was so HELPFUL when it came to making my final decision. It’s called “Spot On” and it’s a mini kit that helps you decide exactly which color paint you should choose for your walls. The kit is equipped with a color handbook, three 9”x12” removable decals, sample paint trays and rollers. You can pick one up at your local Lowe’s when you get your color samples, or order one online here. The handbook is pretty awesome, because it is chock full of useful information right at your fingertips. It chats about sheens, color flow between rooms, and even has a paint coverage calculator so you can figure out how many gallons you need to buy!
I loved the handbook, but the paint trays, rollers, and decal sheets were my absolute favorite. You just flip the sheet on over, pour your sample into the mini tray, and roll it onto the sheet. Then you’re supposed to let it dry, paint on a second coat, and then work with it. However, I was waaaaay too eager to do 2 coats and wanted to get a move on with my navy selection. So 1 coat was going to have to do! To keep the colors straight, I wrote down the names on the bottom with a sharpie. Then, all you do is peel the decal off the sheet and stick it to the wall. It doesn’t leave behind a sticky residue, and you can easily stick & re-stick them in different areas of the space. I tried them on all of the walls, put them by the trim, windows, and closet. Here are my 3 navy choices. Honestly, after putting them up in a couple areas…I immediately knew which one was right for me.
Cadet Song = too grayish
Indigo Streamer = too blue
Dutch Licorice = JUST RIGHT!
We had a winner! I drew a little star on the bottom, and left the samples on the wall until Finn was home to judge them too. He agreed…our guest room would be painted in Dutch Licorice.
And to hold you over until the painted guest room reveal, here’s a little time lapse video of us painting the space….
You’ll notice halfway through that my mom stopped by to bring us lunch, and we then recruit her to change her clothes and help us paint! It was a team effort all around.
All the details on the paint job, next week on the blog!
Other Paint Color Resources
- Easy Tricks to Choose the Right Paint Color
- Does Paint Ever Go on SALE?
- Which Store Sells Which Brand of Paint?
- How to Open & Close a Paint Can
- Choosing a Front Door Paint Color
- Rookie Painting Tips from a Pro
- 5 Tips to Paint a Front Door
- Tips to Paint a Bathroom
- How to Find & Hire Affordable Painters
- List of Favorite Gray Paint Colors
- List of Favorite Warm White Paint Colors
- List of Favorite Dark Gray Paint Colors
- List of Favorite Navy Paint Colors
- List of Favorite Dark Green Paint Colors
- Comprehensive List of Neutral Paint Colors We’ve Used
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.