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How to Use Color Samples

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Take color for a test drive before you buy!

Interior designers and professional painters apply paint to small sections of the walls to see how the color looks in the actual environment. By sampling a color at home, you will get the most accurate sense of how the color will actually look in the room under different lighting conditions.

With Benjamin Moore Color Samples, you can:

  • Experiment with different colors before deciding on a color scheme for a room.
  • Decide between several shades and tints of a particular color.
  • Compare how different undertones of a color (vibrant yellow, gray-yellow, green-yellow, etc.) affect the feel of the room.
  • Determine how a particular color in a room will flow with the colors in adjoining rooms.
  • Determine how a particular color works with other colors in the room (such as a deeply hued rug).
  • Experience how a particular color is enhanced by different lighting conditions.

You can order your color samples online. It's easy, and the samples will be sent right to your home.

Benjamin Moore Color Samples pint cans on counter with pan and roller.

How To Use Color Samples

For best results, a little preparation can go a long way.

  1. Make sure the test surface is clean, dry, and in good repair. You will get the truest color rendition when the color sample is painted on a clean, white background.
  2. Use different areas of the wall to test different colors. Using a bristle or sponge brush, apply two coats of your Color Sample on the wall.  
  3. Allow the test patches to dry for two hours for a true representation of the color.

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