Color Samples

Benjamin Moore Paint Color Samples

Benjamin Moore Color Samples allow you to test a color before you commit to the time and expense of painting an entire room.

Interior designers and professional painters do a "brush out" when deciding on color. They apply paint to a small section of the wall or several 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. Sampling paint colors is a great idea to help you:

Color Sample Pint Can
  • Experiment with several 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 lighting conditions.

Each 2-ounce Benjamin Moore Color Sample covers approximately a 2-foot by 2-foot area with two coats of paint. You can test a number of different colors at one time.

You can also paint smaller test swatches on several walls to see how a particular color will look throughout the room.

Preparation, Application, and Evaluation

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

  1. Make sure the test surface is clean, dry, and in good repair. We recommend priming the surface with Fresh Start® Primer. Note: You will get the truest color rendition when the color sample is painted on a white background. For deep paint colors, we recommend purchasing a deep-based primer, available at our store. Otherwise, you may need three to four coats of the sample paint to achieve the true finished color.
  2. Use a drop cloth as you normally would when painting a wall.
  3. Read the manufacturer's directions and warnings on the label before opening.
  4. Use different areas of the wall to test different colors. For example, test one color on one side of a window, the other on the opposite side.
  5. Using a bristle or sponge brush, apply two coats of your sample color on your wall. Note: Sponge brushes can be used for testing color, but are not recommended for completing an entire painting project.
  6. To keep track of your tested colors, affix the peel-off color name on the bottom of the Color Sample package to the tested sample area.
  7. Allow the test patches to dry for two hours for a true representation of the color.
  8. Live with your color samples for a few days before you make a decision. You'll have a better sense of how the color looks during the day and evening.
  9. When you make your final color choice, we recommend priming the walls with Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer to ensure that the test patches do not affect the finished look of the room.