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Benjamin Moore Navajo White

All the details about one of my favorite paint colors, Benjamin Moore Navajo White {not to be confused with Sherwin Williams color of the same name}.

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This color feels a little tricky because Benjamin Moore changed the color code of it a couple times through the years, so you’ll see it noted as OC-95 or 947. Rest assured it’s the same color. I panicked at the store when they asked me which one. Apparently I didn’t have someone experienced that day!

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We first used Benjamin Moore Navajo White in the North facing mudroom and mudroom bath. This paint color is frequently used by one of my favorite designers, Phoebe Howard. I studied the spaces she used it in and felt it would be a great fit for all the newfound natural light we had in those spaces. I was right! It’s stunning – day and night.

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It was our hope when we purchased our current home we would use just 1-2 paint colors for the entire home. However, the lighting is vastly different in different areas of our home, so I used several different shades of cream to best fit each space. Our sizable well-lit breakfast room needed something a bit warmer than the Sherwin Williams Zurich White we had initially painted it. After the roof leaked not once, twice, but three times {after being replaced!}, we decided to finish the room to our initial vision.

Having loved it in the mudroom, we decided to use it in the North-facing breakfast room. It’s very pretty, but I prefer it in daytime rather than evening, where it appears significantly more yellow.

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Spaces Benjamin Moore Navajo White are the best fit for:

  • open concept spaces
  • rooms with a significant amount of natural lighting

How Benjamin Moore Navajo White makes a room feel:

  • light
  • warm

Benjamin Moore Navajo White undertones:

  • yellow {more so than most}

Styles Benjamin Moore Navajo White fits:

  • traditional
  • country

Tips for using Benjamin Moore Navajo White:

  • paint the ceiling in the same color {can use a different sheen}
  • paint moulding in the same paint color, but one sheen higher

Best Trim Color to pair with Navajo White:

  • the same color in the same sheen or one sheen higher. I first discovered this color being used as a trim. I like to paint the ceiling the same color as well, otherwise it may read yellow against stark white.

You can find all of our paint colors here and keep track of all of yours here. If you use any of them, please return to share your thoughts!

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12 comments on “Benjamin Moore Navajo White”

  1. Navajo White is the trim on the exterior of our home! Love it

  2. I honestly said that if I never see Navajo white again that I would be totally fine with it. Our previous house in Texas had travertine floors and the ceilings and walls were all Navajo White. We had dark alder trim and doors. Because it was such a dark house, the Navajo White looked so yellow. I absolutely hated it and could not wait to paint it. It took five years because some of our ceilings were 24 feet high. It’s interesting that I would have never guessed your rooms were Navajo white. I guess the lesson is that paint truly looks different depending on the light and what’s with it. It looks fab in your home though!!!

    • Thank you, Sharon! That’s why I’m breaking down colors because they’re not a fit for every room. Navajo White is truly only a fit for spaces with a lot of natural light. I appreciate you sharing your experience so it helps others.

  3. I have Navajo white trim through the whole house. I wish I didn’t! Like you say, it is nice in rooms where there is tons of light, but otherwise it looks faded dirty yellow. We are re-doing the kitchen and I am very stuck trying to find a color for the walls to go with the NW (open to the family room and cabinetry all painted NW). Trying to achieve a light and airy, somewhat elegant-beachy look so I want to stay light, but every sample so far looks horrible next to the NW trim. I like creams way better than whites, but not this yellow ! Any ideas of a wall color with NW, maybe a greige that still stays airy but has enough contrast and color to hold the NW yellow at bay?

  4. We have 2 kitchens in our home with Almond appliances(I know, dated—lol) as well as a bathroom with the same colour in fixtures—-have found that Navajo white is a very good match and looks quite nice as a mono chromatic background for our furniture and accessories. We will be selling in a few months and will be repainting the kitchen—-I think it’s probably best to stick with the neutral Navajo white unless you can suggest a better match with almond appliances—Thanks

    • I would do the same or if there’s a drawer you can remove, have it color matched. It will make your kitchen look fresh! Best wishes for a quick sale!

  5. Thank you for the post Julie. We have just moved in to a new apartment with all walls painted in Bone White (I believe the builders only applied one layer as marks and fingerprints easy stain it). I’m very overwhelmed with all the different tones and undertones available out there. If Bone white is too dark/yellow for us, do you think we can go with Navajo White? The color will be used for a bright NW-W facing living room and no natural light hallway. Thanks! 

  6. Navajo white will be yellow if matched into another manf paint. BM Uses different colorants and gray many times instead of black in their off-white colors. The gray colorant is what gives them that luminous quality…reflecting more light than absorbing it. SW, PPG, Valspar, etc., do not have a gray colorant in their system – they use black–therefore unable to get to that same luminous quality and match the color correctly.  Just like cooking w/ butter or margarine.  Won’t get the same tasting cookies!
    Ps I’m a color & design rep for BM 🙂

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