Delve into Deeps

If the allure of onyx, ruby, emerald and other bold, saturated hues has caught your eye, this palette makes it easier to dive in.

Explore the design impact–both big and small–darker shades can have on your home.

The Color Palette

This palette of 23 colors was hand-selected to interact seamlessly. Mix, match and put the power of the Benjamin Moore Color & Design team to work for you.

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Pink Bliss

2093-70

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Etruscan

AF-355

Red 2000-10

Sea Life

2118-40

Exotic Red 2086-10

Dinner Party

AF-300

Red 2000-10

Chalk White

2126-70

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Stormy Monday

2112-50

Red 2000-10

Shadow

2117-30

Exotic Red 2086-10

Salamander

2050-10

Exotic Red 2086-10

Iceberg

2122-50

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Sandlot Gray

2107-50

Red 2000-10

Dark Burgundy

2075-10

Exotic Red 2086-10

Gentleman’s Gray

2062-20

Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Wish

AF-680

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Porcelain

2113-60

Red 2000-10

Knoxville Gray

HC-160

Exotic Red 2086-10

Night Shade

2116-10

Dinner Party AF-300

Cloud Cover

OC-25

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Wet Concrete

2114-40

Red 2000-10

Guacamole

2144-10

Exotic Red 2086-10

Ebony King

2132-20

Boston Brick 2092-30

Amulet

AF-365

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Sea Star

2123-30

Red 2000-10

Grandfather Clock

2096-30

The Multi-Faceted Nature of Deeps

Deep colors bring a sense of drama to any room. But what about the softer side?

When it comes to darker colors, light is a powerful protagonist. Deeply-hued rooms with skylights, French doors, or any level of ambient light help to enhance deep colors, creating an intriguing interplay of light and dark.

Take the gray undertones of Shadow 2117-30–our Color of the Year 2017–for example: The purple hue responds more like a neutral under the influence of natural light. As the day gets darker, Shadow deepens, adding more intensity to the room. Wet Concrete 2114-40 has a similar effect.

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Test the Waters

Saturated, rich colors are an easy choice for those who have a proclivity for them in the first place. If you are new to deeps, you may want to start small:

Embolden a project– Paint the inside of your book shelves or a small powder room with deep hues–they’re perfect projects for testing out stronger shades.
Use a bold stroke– Add some punch to a flight of wooden stairs with a banister in Night Shade 2116-10 or risers in Salamander 2050-10. Or test the waters on a smaller-scale accent wall as seen here.
Look inside– Are deep colors in your wardrobe? In your jewelry box? Pay attention to your personal color palette.

    Elaborate

    If you choose deep colors on the majority of a room’s walls, fabrics like velvet or brocade provide both balance and dimension. Consider fabrics in lighter shades for an appealing contrast against more intense colors.

    Metallics also work wonders against deeps, bringing reflection and energy into a deeply-hued room. Bronze picture frames, sterling silver candlesticks or a polished chrome lamp add iridescence and reflection.
    Pair with Your Choice of Product
    Colors mentioned here are available for use in a range of Benjamin Moore paints. Explore the product that’s right for you in The Right Paint or Stain for your Project section.

    The Color Palette

    This palette of 23 colors was hand-selected to interact seamlessly. Mix, match and put the power of the Benjamin Moore Color & Design team to work for you.

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Pink Bliss

    2093-70

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147
    Wish

    AF-680

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Etruscan

    AF-355

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Porcelain

    2113-60

    Red 2000-10

    Sea Life

    2118-40

    Red 2000-10

    Knoxville Gray

    HC-160

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Dinner Party

    AF-300

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Night Shade

    2116-10

    Red 2000-10

    Chalk White

    2126-70

    Dinner Party AF-300

    Cloud Cover

    OC-25

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Stormy Monday

    2112-50

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Wet Concrete

    2114-40

    Red 2000-10

    Shadow

    2117-30

    Red 2000-10

    Guacamole

    2144-10

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Salamander

    2050-10

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Ebony King

    2132-20

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Iceberg

    2122-50

    Boston Brick 2092-30

    Amulet

    AF-365

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Sandlot Gray

    2107-50

    Woodlawn Blue HC-147

    Sea Star

    2123-30

    Red 2000-10

    Dark Burgundy

    2075-10

    Red 2000-10

    Grandfather Clock

    2096-30

    Exotic Red 2086-10

    Gentleman’s Gray

    2062-20

    The Multi-Faceted Nature of Deeps

    Deep colors bring a sense of drama to any room. But what about the softer side?

    When it comes to darker colors, light is a powerful protagonist. Deeply-hued rooms with skylights, French doors, or any level of ambient light help to enhance deep colors, creating an intriguing interplay of light and dark.

    Take the gray undertones of Shadow 2117-30–our Color of the Year 2017–for example: The purple hue responds more like a neutral under the influence of natural light. As the day gets darker, Shadow deepens, adding more intensity to the room. Wet Concrete 2114-40 has a similar effect.

    Test the Waters

    Saturated, rich colors are an easy choice for those who have a proclivity for them in the first place. If you are new to deeps, you may want to start small:

    Embolden a project– Paint the inside of your book shelves or a small powder room with deep hues–they’re perfect projects for testing out stronger shades.
    Use a bold stroke– Add some punch to a flight of wooden stairs with a banister in Night Shade 2116-10 or risers in Salamander 2050-10. Or test the waters on a smaller-scale accent wall as seen here.
    Look inside– Are deep colors in your wardrobe? In your jewelry box? Pay attention to your personal color palette.

        White Hero

        Elaborate

        If you choose deep colors on the majority of a room’s walls, fabrics like velvet or brocade provide both balance and dimension. Consider fabrics in lighter shades for an appealing contrast against more intense colors.

        Metallics also work wonders against deeps, bringing reflection and energy into a deeply-hued room. Bronze picture frames, sterling silver candlesticks or a polished chrome lamp add iridescence and reflection.
        Pair with Your Choice of Product
        Colors mentioned here are available for use in a range of Benjamin Moore paints. Explore the product that’s right for you in The Right Paint or Stain for your Project section.

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        Frequently Asked Questions

        When touching up a hole repair, why do I notice a difference, why is the color different?

        Paint ages and loses sheen over time, so even within 3 months of painting, the wall is now less shiny than the touch up, meaning it will stand out more. In time the touch up will dull down and blend in a little, but the touchup must be applied lightly in order to keep the wall looking as close to uniform as possible.

        Should I do two coats?

        You should always do two coats for the following reasons:
        -Uniform color - if you only do one coat there is no guarantee that the color will be uniform if the previous color is showing through due to improper film build.
        -When doing a color change you should definitely not rely on one coat, depending on what you’re changing to, 2 coats is usually enough.

        Do I need to prime?

        Priming is necessary when you have new drywall/drywall mud to seal it so that it doesn’t absorb more paint than is needed. Also if doing a color change from dark to light 1 coat of primer might be recommended in order to achieve the desired color.

        Why do I need to wait for the paint to dry?

        The re-coat window is necessary to ensure that your 2nd coat doesn’t re-wet the first coat. Applying paint too early can just re-activate the previously applied coat of paint, meaning that you don’t get a proper two coat film build, and so it doesn’t cover as two proper coats.

        How long do I wait to be able to wash my walls

        Most paints require 28 days to full harden and cure, giving you maximum durability for the product. only ever wash your walls with warm soapy water, avoiding bleach or ammonia based cleaning products.