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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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24 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?

    • Soft Chamois is my all time favorite go to. I’ve yet to see it in a room where it didn’t feel just right!

      • Would Soft Chamois be okay to paint over 18-yr old kitchen walls in Navajo White? We painted our living room in a gray paint, over the Navajo White, and it turned out blue – we’ve actually learned to love it – a soft, serene blue. Now we want to paint the kitchen, and the gray we used is too dark (still looks blue, just darker than living room). What do you think of the Soft Chamois over NW? Thanks!

        • Actually, some greys read blue, especially in northern light. Painting over Navajo White shouldn’t have made it look blue. I love soft chamois – pick up a quart and give it a try!

  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 🙂

  7. Hi – We just bought a house that almost the whole trim in it is painted Navajo White. The issue we’re having is the whole house is shades of yellow. We’re looking to update some of the colors and we like greys. Will this color look silly with grey? We have a significant amount of trim, columns, crown moulding, so changing the color is an undertaking. Any suggestions for either making a transition or pairing with a color?

    • I personally wouldn’t pair it with grey. If you wanted to retain the trim, I’d paint the walls in the same shade, just eggshell or repaint the trim with your favorite grey. Navajo White is a warm color while grey is cool.

  8. Painted the walls and ceilings Navaho white, what would go good on the door frames 

  9. The Navajo White I think is too yellow for what I want right now. I have an open floor plan townhouse with travertine tile in the dining and kitchen areas (North and West) and honey colored maple wood floors in the living room (Faces East). Our fireplace surround is BM Dove White. It gets very dark in the mid to late afternoon. Right now it is painted BM Macadamia Nut and Key West Ivory and we are tired of it, but love the White Dove on our crown molding and baseboards and fireplace surround. We want something light and bright, but warm and are not fond of the popular grey and griege colors that are so popular today. We like the classic and the french country style. Can you suggest anything? Thank you so much.

  10. Want to modernize sun filled kitchen/family room.   Terra-cotta floors throughout.   deep teak stained window frames…lots.  Kitchen cabinets light tan, cream tumbled stone tile above black/brown/tan granite. Ben Moore Navajo white too yellow in shade.  White dove a little too white. Want to do some sort of cream color cuz we are sick of yellow!  Any suggestions?

  11. Julie, I was so indecisive about what to paint the exterior of my traditional Cape style home with a terracotta tinted brick porch (I had last done it in a cookie crumb with very light cream trim, and wine barrel colored door, which looked great, but a little too gingerbready and I was ready for classy. What I wanted: A rich cream (my favorite color) with as few undertones as possible but if I had to have any, then yellow. I loved your photos and so tried navajo white. Because I have so much trim and a roof that starts low, I needed the trim to pop, so painted it ultra pure white. Everyone loves it, but I think the house is way too pale yellow. And I am STRUGGLING to choose a shutter color to make me feel good about the whole package. I have a lot of “visions” but they all work best with a solid cream, and/or a second floor to work with to add other dimensions/ trim options. And the greenery in front of my house is making all my lovely hazy green grey blue options that I was feeling good about seem weak and an after thought. Should I just resort to black? (shutters, doors?)
    Thank you for ANY advice you can give. I love white, ivory, and all things earthy neutral, but the reddish/orange brick has my hands tied.

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