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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


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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 and/or Color Swatches.

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

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Paint Color Samples: Brush Them On

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

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

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

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

Whichever method you choose, brush on two coats to see the most accurate color 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 Color Swatches, one displaying warm hues, the other displaying cool hues.

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.



  • 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.

    Paint color samples are available in any Benjamin Moore color.

    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.

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