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Color Sample Pints
The best way to test your favorite paint color

Testing your paint color choice in your own home and lighting conditions is the best way to view color. With Benjamin Moore Color Sample Pints, you can choose from over 3,000 colors to try at home. Color Sample Pints are an economical way to see how your color choices will look in your home environment before committing to your color selection.

Color Sample Pints give you ample paint to try your color choices on more than one wall to see how it looks as light changes throughout the day and evening, and to see how it looks with décor elements such as flooring and furnishings. Color Sample Pints are available at your Benjamin Moore Twin Cities dealers, Abbott Paint, Hirshfield's Paints and Savitt Paint. Stop in today and pick up a pint of your favorite color today.

Take color for a test drive before you buy!
How to Use Color Samples

Interior designers and professional painters apply paint to small sections of the 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 under different lighting conditions. (SEE BELOW)

With Benjamin Moore Color Samples, you can:

• Experiment with 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 different lighting conditions.

How To Use Color Samples
For best results, a little preparation can go a long way.

1. Make sure the test surface is clean, dry, and in good repair. You will get the truest color rendition when the color sample is painted on a clean, white background.
2. Use different areas of the wall to test different colors. Using a bristle or sponge brush, apply two coats of your Color Sample on the wall.  
3. Allow the test patches to dry for two hours for a true representation of the color.

How Light Changes Our Perception of Color
The type of light under which color is viewed impacts how we perceive a particular hue.

Whether we perceive a color as warm or cool is relative to the particular color and its surrounding colors. Generally, reds, yellows, and oranges are warm colors, while blues, greens, and violets are considered cool.Warm colors tend to "advance" or "condense" a room, while cool colors "recede" or "expand" a room. Combining both warm and cool colors in a decorating scheme intensifies the temperature of the respective colors.


Intensity (or chroma) refers to a color's purity or brightness and, conversely, its dullness. The purer or less gray a color, the more intensity it has. Bright yellow and cherry red are high-intensity colors; ochre and brick are low-intensity colors. Try using intense colors as accents in your décor. Intense colors add energy to a room, while lower-intensity colors can give a room a calming effect.

Direct Sunlight

Considered the ideal light source, natural sunlight maintains a neutral balance between both the warm (yellow cast) and cool (blue cast) ends of the light spectrum. Northern light is the coolest, while light from a southern exposure is the strongest. Direct sunlight provides the "truest" rendition of colors in a room.

Indirect Sunlight

Natural sunlight is not consistent. It changes from sunrise to noon, to late afternoon and dusk. The intense golden rays and distinct shadows of a sunny, late afternoon can have a profound effect on the colors in a room.

Artificial Light

Color rendition appears warm under incandescent and halogen lights. Reds and yellows are enhanced and blues and greens are culled. Under the cool cast of fluorescent lights, blues and greens are enhanced, while reds and yellows are muted.

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Color Samples

Benjamin Moore® Color Samples allow you to "try on" 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. This entails applying 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'll get the most accurate sense of how the color will actually look in the room.

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