June 1, 2019

When painting the exterior of your house and other outdoor features, you have two important characteristics to keep in mind: how well it lasts and how good it looks.

Painting a house is no small investment, so choosing the best paint color for the exterior surfaces of your house means picking colors that look great and last. Benjamin Moore Aura® has you covered with durable paints that resist the punishing effects of weather—and have a lifetime limited warranty to prove it.

Residential apartment buildings

Foolproof Color Picks

Traditional home with red door and wrap-around porch

To narrow down your color choices, build an exterior palette around the elements of the house that won’t change, such as roofing materials and stone or brick components. Pick contrasting but complementary colors to highlight architectural elements and add dimension. Similar color undertones will link the elements together.

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

Take a Look Around

A barn-style vinyl-sided garage features large white doors.

The best inspiration may come from stepping outside. Select hues that are compatible with your neighborhood, architectural style and natural surroundings. For exterior colors inspired by classic American design and architecture, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection for tried and true favorites that are perfect for any home.

Stucco exterior with colorful shutters and brick walkway

The Right Light

Just like interior paint colors, exterior colors shift depending on how the light hits them—and can look different when applied than they do on a chip. Make regret-free choices by buying a quart of paint and applying it on inconspicuous areas of all sides of your house. Visit your samples throughout the day until you’re comfortable with your choice.

Dark blue barn exterior with large stone walkway with stairs

Finish Lines

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

Color is only one aspect of an exterior paint choice; sheen is another important factor. Low Lustre finish is a top choice for the main siding color—the low-reflective finish adds a slight gloss, hides surface imperfections and cleans well. Semi-gloss paints add extra durability and clean up easily, making them a good choice for areas such as windowsills that bear the brunt of weather shifts. High gloss finishes make color look richer but magnify surface imperfections.

Colonial-style home with dark blue front door

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May 1, 2019

Refreshing your deck and protecting it at the same time is made easier with ARBORCOAT® Exterior Stains, ensuring both durability and style when spending time with friends and family outdoors.

Pink flip flops sit on a cedar deck stained in ARBORCOAT Solid in New Pilgrim Red.
Hydrangeas sit on a pine deck stained with ARBORCOAT Solid stain in Richmond Bisque.
A furniture-filled enclosed porch features a ceiling and floor stained with ARBORCOAT Translucent in Mahogany, while the exposed beams stand out in ARBORCOAT Solid in Black.
Stains offer different opacities–the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood–as seen here: Clear, Translucent, Semi Transparent, Semi Solid and Solid.

Opacity 101

When it comes to the impact stain will have on your deck’s design, understanding opacity is key. 

Opacity is the degree to which you can see the natural grain of wood, achieved by using one of the following… 

  • Clear stain has no color added and shows the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Translucent stain doesn’t obscure grain and texture of wood and includes just the slightest tone.
  • Semi Transparent stain allows most of the grain and texture to show through, with slightly more prominent color.
  • Semi Solid stain, with its deeper shades, covers most imperfections while allowing some of the grain and texture of the wood to show through.
  • Solid stain offers the greatest color depth of all, covering the majority of imperfections while allowing the texture of the wood to peek through lightly.
An outdoor deck stained in ARBORCOAT Semi Solid in Cordovan Brown features cushion-covered couches, a bucket of cold drinks and a fireplace.

Considering Color: Choices Abound

When thinking about color for your deck, consider the same shade as your home’s trim. This technique will make it stand out against the main field of your house for a unified look that still highlights your deck’s architecture. 

For a more monochromatic look, use a similar shade as your house’s primary color, a good choice if you want features like your fire pit or dining area as your deck’s focal point. 

There’s a huge spectrum of color to explore, from driftwood grays to warm russets to woodland greens.

A backyard porch overlooking a lake with a boat features a deck and railings stained in ARBORCOAT Translucent in Silver Gray.

Wood Matters

Wood remains the most common choice for decks. More expensive hardwoods such as mahogany or ipe offer gorgeous grain and texture that shine through when using a more transparent stain like Transluscent or Semi Transparent. Softer, less expensive woods, including pressure treated southern yellow pine or cedar, benefit from Semi Solid and Solid stains’ innate weather barrier. 

Wood alternatives known as “composite decking” are also a popular choice. While often sold as maintenance-free, composite decks demand protection from color fading as well as from the elements–just like their wood counterparts; Arborcoat Solid Deck & Siding Stain provides excellent color retention for these popular decking choices.

An exterior porch with pillars of yellow flowers features siding and railings stained in ARBORCOAT Solid in Sea Gull Gray, a door and porch floor stained with ARBORCOAT Translucent Cedar, and a ceiling stained in ARBORCOAT Translucent Teak.

Narrow the Scope

Not ready to go big? Repainting or staining wood outdoor chairs and tables is less of an intensive project than redoing your entire deck. Almost any bright color pops off neutrals and wood tones in an eye-catching way and revitalizes decking with ease.

Another option is to stain your deck’s handrails and bannisters only. Pull from your interior color palette to visually–yet subtly–unite indoors and out. Or consider using a combination of stains to designate where one section of your deck begins and another section ends.

Pint samples of Arborcoat are a smart way to audition your stains; use them on the actual wood you'll be coating to see true color accuracy.

Audition Your Stains

It’s easy to “try on” stains on the actual wood you want to coat: In fact, there’s no better way to see true color accuracy. 

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDF for the step-by-step method. 

Pint-sized samples are available in all ARBORCOAT opacities as well as Solid Stains, which are available in all 3,500+ Benjamin Moore colors.

Briarwood Arborcoat® Semi Solid
Spellbound Arborcoat® Semi Solid

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April 18, 2019

Good news for homeowners with vinyl siding: You can enjoy premium Benjamin Moore paint color while locking in optimal performance. No re-siding necessary.

With 900+ colors to choose from, Regal® Select REVIVE® offers an enhanced vinyl siding design opportunity. From hundreds of deeper, richer colors to lighter, soft neutrals, REVIVE reshapes the aesthetic potential of vinyl siding.

Gray vinyl siding frames a front door in a deeper gray from an enclosed front entryway.

Refresh. Reinvigorate. Reinvent.

Benjamin Moore debunks the misconception that you can’t paint vinyl siding. 

Pushing that theory further, we’ve developed a paint specially formulated for vinyl siding and trim in a remarkable range of 900+ premium colors. 

From Wedgewood Gray HC-146, seen here, to darker hues like Tarrytown Green HC-134 and Night Horizon 2134-10, there are hundreds of colors to from which to choose. In fact, many colors in the REVIVE Colors for Vinyl Siding color collection are from the Historical Collection, Affinity® Collection and other Benjamin Moore color palettes that designers and discerning homeowners consider essential.

A white vinyl-sided home with a red window-paned front door and enclosed front portico welcomes guests.


REVIVE® Colors for Vinyl Siding

Here is a small sampling of the 900+ color collection, specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim.

2112-40 | Stone

AF-295 | Pomegranate

2131-60 | Silver Gray

Silver Gray
AF-455 | Croquet

HC-154 | Hale Navy

Hale Navy

The impact that UV light and weather have on vinyl siding is shown.

Vinyl Siding Paint: The Basics

In addition to the deluxe look a fresh coat of REVIVE brings to your vinyl-sided home, there are also many important practical perks: 

  • 900+ premium colors– Safe for vinyl siding and trim
  • Durability– Resists fading, cracking and peeling
  • Paint & Primer Together– Saves time
  • Mildew Resistant
  • Resists Buckling– Even in darker shades
  • Superior Adhesion– Benjamin Moore’s proprietary Vinyl Lock technology safely refreshes the look and color of your home

REVIVE ensures your most valuable investment–your home–will always look its best.

Regal® Select Exterior REVIVE® for Vinyl Siding

Regal® Select Exterior REVIVE® for Vinyl Siding

Regal Select REVIVE is specially formulated for optimal performance on vinyl siding and trim, for a fresh look in a wide range of colors.


Quart of Aura Grand Entrance paint in front of a home with bright blue door.
March 18, 2019

Give your front door a dose of fresh color to perk up a home’s exterior and extend a gracious welcome.

Refreshing your door with a glossy new coat of paint is a quick way to make a lasting first impression.

Benjamin Moore’s Aura® Grand Entrance® line, specially formulated for front doors, is available in any color.

A Case for Contrast

Green front door with matching window shutters

Most exterior paint colors and materials lean toward neutral shades, so a colorful front door is a chance to express your personal style through a central exterior architectural feature. Adding a statement color to the front door is comparable to what a silk scarf or tie does for an outfit—a small dose of color can do wonders to uplift the façade of a home while complementing the architecture and surrounding landscape.

Warm Welcome

Traditional, All-American front door with vinyl siding

Hot shots of red, yellow or orange are naturally warm and exuberant. Vivid accent colors make a strong design statement but mix surprisingly well with most other shades, especially the neutrals most often used as the primary color of a house.

Stay Cool

Color coordinated front entrance with dark green door and green side panels

Green, gray and blue doors are a naturally gracious expression for the entrance to your home, especially when they contrast with a house’s warm undertones. For impact, search for saturated colors that will pop from surrounding architecture.

Notes on Harmony

Red front door, white porch, and light blue shutters

Take your color cues from inside the house to pick a paint color you’ll love. Think about the colors of the space your door will open into. Pull a strong accent color from those spaces for color continuity or choose a more saturated shade of a primary interior color. And don’t worry about fading. Benjamin Moore Aura Grand Entrance is as durable as it is beautiful, specially formulated to go on smoothly and retain its color and gloss. 

Ready to turn inspiration into reality? We’re here to take you every step of the way, from prep to finish. Watch our how-to video to see how we do it, then download the PDFfor the step-by-step method.

February 19, 2019

When it comes to choosing paint, we often spend several hours selecting the perfect shade, but tend to overlook the actual product, its quality and composition. With so many options, it can often be overwhelming to choose the right product for your project. Benjamin Moore Color and Design Expert, Sharon Grech, shares her criteria for choosing quality paint with lasting color, for any upcoming project. “You’ve probably spent days, weeks or even months choosing that perfect color and are excited to see your space come to life,” says Grech. “It’s important to consider the quality of the product you are using and its ability to deliver a vibrant color that has full coverage, longevity and durability. Benjamin Moore® paints engineered with its proprietary Gennex® Color Technology delivers impeccable quality and one-of-a-kind hues for unrivaled richness of color.” Color That Doesn’t Compromise Coverage You may have chosen a bold shade of red paint for your project, but if you’ve opted for an inexpensive, low- grade product, you may be disappointed with the performance of your color and finish. Choosing a premium quality product can save you on several coats of paint and time. “This is especially important when painting with bold and vivacious hues like blue, purple and red,” says Grech. Gennex Color Technology uses proprietary resins and colorants to deliver a wide range of vibrant hues that last, while providing superior hide. “Our color consistency is the precise result of Benjamin Moore paint and Benjamin Moore Gennex colorant, together. This particular pairing is what makes Benjamin Moore products impossible to replicate and helps you achieve your desired look, with fewer coats,” says Grech. Paint That Goes the Distance There’s nothing better than the look and feel of a freshly painted space. The question is, will it withstand the test of time? Benjamin Moore paints engineered with Gennex Color Technology resist color fading inside and outside of the home, while standing up to harsh weather conditions outdoors. So whether you’re painting a high-traffic area indoors or your exterior front door, it’s important to choose a product that will continue to perform years after application. “Fewer applications means less product and less time spent painting,” says Grech. “Benjamin Moore paint provides both premium color and proven performance across the entire color spectrum, so you only repaint when you want to, not because you have to.” Unmatched Performance There is much more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing the right paint. “Most of us choose our color and finish without considering the product itself or how it’s formulated,” says Grech. Making paint is a very technical and scientific process that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, and ultimately impacts the overall life and performance of the product. “All paint manufacturers use a different formula of colorants and chemicals to develop their products, however, the more unnecessary chemicals added to a product, the weaker the formula,” says Grech. “More than 100 chemists, chemical engineers, technicians and support staff work tirelessly to ensure Benjamin Moore formulations are best-in-class.” Gennex Color Technology, was specifically designed without the use of unnecessary chemicals that often weaken paint. This innovative formula, is exclusive to Benjamin Moore products and is the reason why its quality and color simply cannot be matched or replicated by other brands. For more information, stop by The Paint Centers today.

December 12, 2018

Every time you walk into a room, color impacts how you feel.

You want to love the colors that surround you. So when imagining (or re-imagining) a room, remember the influence color will have on the mood of the space. The effect may be subtle or dramatic. It can encourage tranquility or boost energy, even make you feel optimistic or more introspective.

Trendy kitchen with yellow wall and industrial chairs

The Basics

To begin to understand color’s emotional impact, start with these color groups:

Pales – Their light, airy qualities make pale hues feel uplifting.

Neutrals – It’s no surprise that earthy, nuanced colors keep you grounded.

Whites – Pure and pristine, these timeless colors offer a blank canvas to express your style.

Deeps – Bring drama to a room with colors that are rich and mysterious.

Present Tints

Pale colors like dusty lavender, ballet pink and sky blue are comfortable and easy to live with. They feel positive and encourage expression, while enhancing other colors.

Neutral colors and hardwood beams above dining room

Shifting to Neutral

Neutrals go beyond gray and brown into earthy hues like slate, clay, sand and ochre. Colors in this family can be warm or cool, but are always reliable and levelheaded. And because they transition beautifully with shifting light, they’re a good choice for rooms used throughout the day.

Crisp, light green bedroom retreat

Versatile White

Whites can easily feel contemporary, classic or anywhere in between. It’s an honest, harmonious family of colors and a great place to start, as they complement any style. You might call it a perfect backdrop for the life happening around it.

Living room with wide fireplace, purple wall and rolling ladder

Be Dramatic

Voilet, onyx, sapphire and ruby—even the names evoke something dramatic. Deep colors dissolve boundaries and create depth. They are the opposite of understatement and can fill a room with energy, creativity and confidence.

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Three stir sticks inside open cans of grey, red and blue paint beside the Benjamin Moore Logo