Tips on How to Use Sample Paint Colours


Tips on How to Use Sample Paint Colours

Build confidence in the paint colour you will ultimately choose by sampling your colour choices at home.

Benjamin Moore offers a range of paint samples so you can eliminate the stress of wrong choices, and instead—focus on the transformative power that a fresh coat of colour brings to your home. Choose the paint sampling option that works for you.

Benjamin Moore Colour Samples

Three Benjamin Moore Display Chips on a painter's dropcloth.

Display Chips: In Store & Readily Available

Available for free from your local Benjamin Moore store, Display Chips are how most homeowners get started on their colour search.

Tips for Using Display Chips

  • Pull and play Cut them, fold them, leave them on your walls…use Display Chips to narrow down which colour family you’ll eventually choose.
  • Going darker? Lighter? Display Chips are great for seeing different colour values, as they are typically organized by gradations of colour.
  • Stack them up Layering and observing helps you compare nuances in warm vs. cool colours and undertones.
  • Graduate Once you narrow down a few favourites, move to Paint Colour Samples and/or Colour Swatches.

While Display Chips may be Benjamin Moore’s smallest colour swatches, they remain a vital starting point for narrowing down colour.

Four pint-sized Paint Colour Samples with tops off showcasing a range of paint colours inside.

Paint Colour Samples: Brush Them On

Paint Colour Samples are pint-sized cans of paint in the colour of your choice. Details include:

  • Each 473 mL (16 oz.) can covers approximately two 1.2 m x 1.2 m (4' X 4') or eight 0.6 m x 0.6 m (2' x 2') areas.
  • Comes in an eggshell finish.
  • Available for purchase online or at your local store.

Tips for Using Paint Colour Samples There are two ways you can use a Paint Colour Sample:

  • Brush directly on your wall: This is most effective if your wall is white or a light neutral—the new colour won’t compete against your existing one.
  • Brush on a white foam core board: This approach lets you easily move colour samples around the room throughout the day to see how the colour appears in different lighting.
  • For Exteriors: When testing colour outside, use the white foam core board approach since Paint Colour Samples are formulated for interior use only.

Whichever method you choose, brush on two coats to see the most accurate colour depiction.

And remember to live with it—observe your painted wall samples over time and during different times of the day. Don’t rush your decision!

Two rows of Colour Swatches, one displaying warm hues, the other displaying cool hues.

Colour Swatches: Tape Them Up

If you don’t want to paint, a Colour Swatch is a great alternative to Paint Colour Samples. A quick and easy way to view paint colour, Colour Swatches are…

  • Paper samples that are larger than Display Chips.
  • 10 cm x 20 cm (4” x 8”) in size, with each swatch dedicated to one paint colour.
  • Available in an eggshell finish.
  • For purchase online only.

Tips for Using Colour Swatches

  • Use painter’s tape to safely adhere the Colour Swatch to the wall.
  • Observe how colours appear in different lighting in both artificial and natural light sources.
  • Compare your colour choices to one another in different light sources as well.
  • Keep your Colour Swatches up for a while for a time-tested approach.


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    The Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio™ App

    Try out colours virtually with the free Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio™ app.

    Select paint colours and apply them to photos on your phone, see colours in real time with the Video Visualizer, browse interactive fan decks, and more!

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    Fan Decks: Take Colour Collections Home

    A fan deck lets you peruse hundreds of Benjamin Moore paint colours from the comfort of your home. In fact, each Benjamin Moore fan deck gives you convenient access to a world-class Benjamin Moore Colour Collection, including Affinity®, Benjamin Moore Classics®, Historical, Colour Preview®, Off White Collection and more.

    You can have fan decks shipped to your home, or opt to buy directly from your favourite Benjamin Moore retailer.

    Need more inspiration? Download a colour brochure, sample our best-selling colours and Colour a Room in any one of our 3,500+ paint colours. Check out our article on How to Choose Interior Paint for additional help.

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