Spiral wooden staircase with purple wall.

If the allure of onyx, ruby, emerald and other bold, saturated hues has caught your eye, this palette makes it easier to dive in.

Explore the design impact–both big and small–darker shades can have on your home.

The Colour Palette

This palette of 23 colours was hand-selected to interact seamlessly. Mix, match and put the power of the Benjamin Moore Colour & Design team to work for you.

Purple living room with high-end eclectic furnishings and fireplace.

The Multi-Faceted Nature of Deeps

Deep colours bring a sense of drama to any room. But what about the softer side?

When it comes to darker colours, light is a powerful protagonist. Deeply-hued rooms with skylights, French doors, or any level of ambient light help to enhance deep colours, creating an intriguing interplay of light and dark.

Take the grey undertones of Shadow 2117-30–our Colour of the Year 2017–for example: The purple hue responds more like a neutral under the influence of natural light. As the day gets darker, Shadow deepens, adding more intensity to the room. Wet Concrete 2114-40 has a similar effect.
Built-in daybed with light blue wall and open window.

Test the Waters

Saturated, rich colours are an easy choice for those who have a proclivity for them in the first place. If you are new to deeps, you may want to start small:

  • Embolden a project– Paint the inside of your book shelves or a small powder room with deep hues–they’re perfect projects for testing out stronger shades.
  • Use a bold stroke– Add some punch to a flight of wooden stairs with a banister in Night Shade 2116-10 or risers in Salamander 2050-10. Or test the waters on a smaller-scale accent wall as seen here.
  • Look inside– Are deep colours in your wardrobe? In your jewellery box? Pay attention to your personal colour palette.
  • Bright green curtain against neutral gray wall.


    If you choose deep colours on the majority of a room’s walls, fabrics like velvet or brocade provide both balance and dimension. Consider fabrics in lighter shades for an appealing contrast against more intense colours.

    Metallics also work wonders against deeps, bringing reflection and energy into a deeply-hued room. Bronze picture frames, sterling silver candlesticks or a polished chrome lamp add iridescence and reflection.

    Pair with Your Choice of Product

    Colours mentioned here are available for use in a range of Benjamin Moore paints. Explore the product that's right for you in The Right Paint or Stain for your Project section.


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