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The BEST Sherwin Williams Navy to Paint Your Kitchen Island!!

Have you been looking for the perfect dark navy paint color for your kitchen island?! I can’t wait to share with you the custom color we created, and show you how we did it. :)

Okay, first, I am going to share a little bit about of our journey... I knew I wanted a dark, rich navy that almost looked black—but I didn’t want black. Unfortunately, no such color exists in the Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore fan decks.

So, we hesitantly went with Sherwin Williams Naval (SW 6244), and I ended up disappointed based on how it looked in certain lighting; especially, with the significant amount of direct sunlight that comes in our South-facing windows. It had a purple tint to it, which can definitely happen with blues.

And, even though Sherwin Williams Naval is the Color of the Year for 2020, I decided after only 9 months to change it!! (crazy, I know—lol)

Which is when I went to my local Sherwin Williams store and purchased two samples...

  1. Sherwin Williams Anchors Aweigh (SW 9179)—which is a little darker blue than SW Naval.

  2. And Sherwin Williams Inkwell (SW 6992)—a black, with grayish-blue undertones.

Getting them back home and testing them out on our island; again, unfortunately, neither color worked.

One was too blue and the other too dark. So, I mixed them, and that was it! The stunning, deep, rich navy I had been looking for—that held true to color even in the most direct light of the day.

Pro Tip: Even though I normally use ProClassic for trim paint... since they don’t have a base for this type of deep/dark color, I had Sherwin Williams mix it a Satin finish in the Emerald Urethane Enamel paint line.

Specifically, I had them mix 50%/50% of Sherwin Williams Anchors Aweigh and Inkwell. An equal amount of both. (This mixture would be the same regardless the amount your getting—for a quart or a gallon.)

And that's it—the perfect dark navy I was after!!

So, if you've been struggling to find that perfect dark navy... I highly recommend trying this combination! (Although, I do suggest first trying it in a sample, and see how it works for you/your space.)

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Too, you can also find this Design Tip video here, on our YouTube Channel. (We'll be posting weekly... so make sure to subscribe there too and click the bell to be notified.)

Last, if you do need a few paint tools... here are some things I used for our island color redo, to achieve a smooth finish. Many blessings! -Sarah & Jason

Mini paint roller set:

Cut in brush:

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