Tips on How to Sample Paint Colors

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Tips on How to Sample Paint Colors

Build confidence in the paint color you'll ultimately choose by sampling color 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 color brings to your home. Choose the paint sampling option that works for you.

Benjamin Moore Color Samples


Benjamin Moore Paint Color Display Chips

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 color 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 color family you’ll eventually choose.
  • Going darker? Lighter? Display Chips are great for seeing different color values, as they are typically organized by gradations of color.
  • Stack them up Layering and observing helps you compare nuances in warm vs. cool colors and undertones.
  • Graduate Once you narrow down a few favorites, move to Paint Color Samples, Color Swatches, and/or Peel-and-Stick samples.

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

An open Benjamin Moore paint color sample and a paintbrush against a light green canvas.

Paint Color Samples: Brush Them On

Benjamin Moore Paint Color Samples contain actual Benjamin Moore premium interior paint in the color of your choice. Details include:

  • Each 8 oz. plastic, screw-top jar covers approximately one 2’x2', two-coat area.
  • Sample paint is interior, eggshell finish.
  • Samples are available through your local retailer or online.

Tips for Using Benjamin Moore Paint Color Samples

  • Brush out at least two coats. Two coats create the most accurate color depiction.
  • Consider brushing directly on your wall, especially if your wall is white or a light neutral—the new color won't compete against your existing one.
  • Consider brushing on a white foam core board, so you can move the color around the room throughout the day to see how the color appears in different lighting.
  • For exteriors, use the white foam core board approach, because sample paint is formulated for interior use only.
  • Take your time: It's important to observe your painted wall samples during different times of the day. Don't rush your decision!

A display of Color Swatches in varying shades of green paint colors.

Color Swatches: Tape Them Up

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

  • Paper samples that are larger than Display Chips.
  • 4” x 8” in size with each swatch dedicated to one paint color.
  • Available in an eggshell finish.
  • For purchase online only.

Tips for Using Color Swatches

  • Use painter’s tape to safely adhere the Color Swatch to the wall.
  • Observe how colors appear in different lighting in both artificial and natural light sources.
  • Compare your color choices to one another in different light sources as well.
  • Keep your Color Swatches up for a while for a time-tested approach.
  • Benjamin Moore Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples - 9x12

    Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples

    Peel-and-Stick color samples provide a worry-free approach to selecting the perfect hue. An easy way to view large swaths of color on your walls, Peel-and-Stick color samples are…

    • Reusable and movable from wall to wall, and room to room
    • Available in every Benjamin Moore paint color
    • 9" x 12" in size
    • Available for purchase on the Benjamin Moore Online Store only (please note: Peel-and-Stick samples are not available at Benjamin Moore retail locations)
    • Produced by Samplize using Benjamin Moore paint

    Tips for Using Peel-and-Stick Color Samples

  • Move your sample around the room to see how the hue looks on each wall.
  • Wrap around edges to understand how the color looks in light and dark corners. This is a great way to view the color from multiple angles and in different lighting all at once.



  • ADDITIONAL COLOR RESOURCES

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    The Benjamin Moore Color Portfolio™ App

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

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

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    Fan Decks: Take Color Collections Home

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

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

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

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    Buy a Paint Sample

    Test your paint colors from morning to evening, under both natural and artificial lighting conditions.

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    See Best-Selling Colors

    Continue your color exploration with a look at Benjamin Moore's best-selling paint colors.

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    Fan Decks

    Explore color options from the comfort of your home.