Tips on How to Use Sample Paint Colours

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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


Benjamin Moore Paint Colour 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 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.

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

Paint Colour Samples: Brush Them On

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

  • Each 236 mL (8 oz.) plastic, screw-top jar covers approximately one 0.6 m x 0.6 m (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 Colour Samples

  • Brush out at least two coats. Two coats create the most accurate colour depiction.
  • Consider brushing directly on your wall, especially if your wall is white or a light neutral—the new colour won't compete against your existing one.
  • Consider brushing on a white foam core board, so you can move the colour around the room throughout the day to see how the colour 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 Colour Swatches in varying shades of green paint colours.

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.



  • Additional Colour Resources

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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.

    A selection of Benjamin Moore paint colour samples.

    Buy a Paint Sample

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

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    See Best-Selling Colours

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

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    Fan Decks

    Explore colour options from the comfort of your home.