We took a chance from our normal light paint colors and are so happy we did. Read all about how we compared the best navy blue paint colors to end with SW Indigo Batik for our bedroom.
Have you ever just wanted a fresh look without breaking the bank? I feel like that is the story of our life and probably why we are DIY people!
We decided to completely change it up in our primary bedroom this year. The first thing we always say to do to change a room is through DIY painting projects.
Searching For The Best Blue Paint
The research for the best navy blue paint began. We chose SW Indigo Batik and you can see the painted room at the end. Come along with our journey as we compare and contrast some of the most popular Sherwin Williams dark blues.
The “Before” Bedroom
Our gray bedroom just needed a facelift. I used to be scared of going bold with my paint colors and tried to stay more neutral.
However, now I am getting a little more adventurous and bold with my paint colors.
As you can see this image is once we started patching the walls and moving the furniture off the walls. Our room wasn’t a complete disaster like this the whole time. We were in the process of getting a new bed (read all about our Casper mattress review here) and really wanted the room to be painted before adding new items.
Our original bedroom was painted in SW Techno Gray. It worked and was a safe gray to go with. However, we were looking to make our bedroom paint a little bolder. Since there is a lot of natural light coming through the windows it was the perfect time to pick a paint with a low LRV or the last one on the paint swatch.
What is LRV?
This rating is the number that can be found on the back of paint swatches. According to Wikipedia, LRV refers to the “measure of usable light off or a reflective surface”. Indigo Batik has an LRV rating of 8.
The lower the number the darker it is. However, if a room gets natural light and you really want to see some contrast, then don’t shy away from the lower LRV ratings.
After painting the first coat, I was nervous that the color was going too royal blue. But just like with our Rockwood Sash Green painted kitchen cabinets, I knew that the second coat of paint will be a much richer color.
What color is Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik?
It is SW 7602. Its hex code is 3E5063.
What colors go well with Indigo Batik?
Coordinating colors can always be a little tricky, however in this case Sherwin Williams shows indigo batik in their (eclectic) color palette. There are all sorts of colors that pair well with SW Indigo batik. Some of our favorites are:
- Rookwood Sash Green (like in our two-toned painted kitchen cabinets)
- Red Mahogany stained wood ideas
- SW Pure White (our molding in this room gave a crisp and clean contrast to the darker blue walls)
We love the look of a golden warmer color. Currently, we plan on adding a DIY accent wall, in particular a wooden slat accent wall. The plan is to go with a contrasting stain to our bedroom furniture and add that warmer touch to the wall.
Complementary Colors To Indigo Batik
We seem to be gravitating towards colors in the Color Enthusiast palette from Sherwin Willams. Our favorite complementary colors from this collection are:
- Rookwood Sash Green SW 2810
- Leather Bound SW 6118
- Sommelier SW 7595
- Butterscotch SW 6377
- Natural Linen SW 9109
In addition to our space and surrounding rooms, Liveable Green and Pure White also complement the space. The best part about Indigo Batik is that it can fit a lot of color palettes and styles. We brought in the Butterscotch and Natural Linen colors in our West Elm bedding (which we absolutely love)!
Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik vs SW Naval
SW Naval is considered Sherwin Willams’s darkest navy blues. We were concerned that this would make our room feel smaller. While we wanted a moody space, SW Naval just seemed a little too dark. Even though Indigo Batik has an LRV rating of 8, we still felt it had a little extra gray than dark navy in it. Naval has an LRV rating of 4 and is definitely a darker navy.
Charcoal Blue Vs. Indigo Batik and Sea Serpent vs. Indigo Batik
In our room, the Charcoal Blue paint sample from Samplize seemed to be the darkest. Still Water was by far the color with the most green. I really did love this color (as I love all green paints) but wanted to be a little different compared to other colors we have chosen for recent projects.
While Sea Serpent tends to appear greener. You can see how the different colors appear lighter and darker compared to each other in this image of the samples.
Which Sherwin Williams paint is the darkest navy blue paint?
Here is a list of some of the paints by LRV Rating. Remember, the lower the number the darker the color will appear. You can see that SW Naval is the darkest navy color by Sherwin Williams.
- Still Water: LRV 10
- Indigo Batik: LRV 8
- Sea Serpent: LRV 7
- Charcoal Blue: LRV 6
- Naval: LRV 4
Need help picking a paint color? Read our full peel-and-stick paint sample review here.
What are the other colors on the same paint swatch?
- SW 9151 Daphne
- SW 6242 Bracing Blue
- SW6243 Distance
Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik Accent Wall
At first, we were not sure if we were going to paint our whole primary bedroom with Indigo Batik or if we would leave the techno gray on the other walls. Here you can see how the indigo batik plays well with the light gray color of the headboard.
Why We Love This Paint Color
Here are a few reasons we are so happy with choosing SW Indigo Batik for our bedroom. An added bonus might be that it is easier to sleep in a darker room as well.
Works Well With White Moldings
Our white molding, doors, and window casings also helped keep the room pretty bright without feeling too overwhelming.
Wasn’t Too Dark For the Whole Room
However, we decided to paint the whole room with SW indigo batik and are working towards adding a wooden slat accent wall behind our bed frame. We are happy that it wasn’t too dark due to the natural light from our windows.
You can see that depending on the light, the walls appear darker. One of the biggest cons you have to decide when painting a room a dark color is that you will see imperfections easier. Just be careful and take your time when painting!
Color Worked Well With Our Wood Tones
We were shocked at how the blue color really accented our wood furniture and made it appear richer in tone. The gray headboard and light bedding seem to work well in the room.
Our Blue And Grey Bedroom
While I would like to say this is not a complete makeover yet, you can see what our room currently looks like with freshly painted Indigo Batik walls. Check back soon for what else we decide to do for this primary bedroom makeover.