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Benjamin Moore Black Paint Colors: Most Popular and My Best Picks

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Just like the whites, black is another color category that can be charming, timeless, and versatile.

Even though not as easy as the whites, blacks can be quite intimidating and overwhelming at some points.

And let me tell you, this elegant color category can be used for most interior design styles.

Firstly, it’s easier to pair this color with other alternative hues, and secondly, it will never make your space feel outdated or old-school.

You see, that’s the beauty of this paint color.

And you’ll be excited to know that Benjamin Moore has curated a long list of black paint colors for you to choose from! 

Don’t worry – I’m going to reveal the popular ones as well as my favorites.

So, if you’re here to determine the best black paint colors for your space – keep reading to see just what they might be!

Not every black is going to solve your issue – so, be sure to read carefully about the various do’s and don’ts, where and how, and when and what of these paint colors.

Yes, I am going to reveal them all.

So, are you excited to get on board the black paint train from Benjamin Moore?

Well, let’s get started!

A Guideline to Black and Its Family

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Blacks are bold and dark neutrals (like the name suggests), with a variety of undertones and reflectivity values.

Yes, trust me – there’s no single black paint color in the universe.

Even the blacks have various undertones like red, purple, brown, gray, green, and blue.

Blacks don’t really have a large family like the beiges and grays, but they can be compared to a few cousins like dark grays, dark teal blues, and dark bronze that can equally appear black in certain lighting conditions.

And…blacks can equally be warm, cool, and neutral!

Don’t believe it?

Well, let’s have a look at these few examples from the Benjamin Moore black family.

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BM Black (HC-190) feels true to its hue and doesn’t showcase any dominant undertone. (Yes, compare it with a lighter gray and it’s easier to tell)

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green is a black paint color with deep emerald green undertones.

In excessive natural light, it will appear like a dark green paint color. Otherwise, in the absence of natural light, it’s almost black!

Another intriguing example that I would like to discuss is BM Polo Blue 2062-10!

This is either a black paint color with deep blue undertones or a very dark tone of blue. (Don’t confuse it with a tone of navy)

At the same time, BM Witching Hour is a black paint color with deep gray undertones. It may look dominantly dark gray in excessive lighting conditions.

And lastly, BM Deep Caviar is a black paint color with deep brown undertones.

So, now that you compare them all, it’s quite likely that they would feel the same!

And that’s why you have to be very careful when choosing a black paint color for your home. 

Each one of them has a major role to play in your space and can equally alter the looks and appearances of the surroundings.

The Magic of Undertones in Blacks

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Believe it or not, blacks have various warm and cool-toned appearances. 

So, if you plan to add more blues, greens, and purples to your existing black, the result will be a cool-toned black. 

This paint will appear more crisp and clean and at the same time will exhibit a colder feel in your space.

On the other hand, if you plan to add reds, browns, yellows, and taupes to an existing black, the result will be a warm-toned black. 

This paint will appear more warm, creamy, and cozy!

Moreover, blacks have the potential to make your space feel warmer, cozier, and smaller at the same time.

So, if you apply a fresh coat of black paint on an accent wall, this color will pull the walls closer to create a more intimate appearance. 

Hence, a great way to create an illusion of a balanced and smaller space in a larger-sized room. 

Blacks in Interior and Exterior Design Styles

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Believe it or not, most of the interior design styles embrace the look and feel of blacks. 

This versatile and seamless paint color can go dashing and flawless without overwhelming the room.

Interior design styles like modern farmhouse, transitional, Scandinavian, minimalist, modern, industrial, rustic, and mid-century modern love and admire the feel of blacks on the walls or the accessories.

This dark color category plays a great neutral or base in any of the above-mentioned design styles.

Blacks look classic when used just on the door and window frames!

Trust me on this – you try and see it for yourself.

For exterior design styles like ranch, mid-century modern, Victorian, transitional, Tudor, country retreat, industrial, and minimalist – black on the outside proves to be quite timeless and classy.

However, remember to pair with the perfect neutrals and accents to feel the true beauty of blacks.

Consider the Tints, Tones, and Shades

I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of these terms before!

If not – don’t worry! Let me acquaint you with these specifications in the color psychology industry.

‘Tints’ are basically the amalgamation of whites with your black paint colors – making it further brighter and lighter! Well, almost gray.

‘Tones’ are produced when grays are mixed with blacks – mainly making the end result in a product of dark gray!

And finally, ‘Shades’ is when you add portions of black to the black – further darkening and making the color look deep and bold.

Best Places to Use Benjamin Moore Black Paint Colors

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Before choosing the ‘best’ black paint color for your home, it’s ideal to analyze your interior design style, compass directions of the room, and the overall size of your space.

In the north and east-facing rooms, this color will readily appear more cool and crisp!

On the other hand, in the south or west-facing rooms, this paint will appear warmer and cozier.

And, you’re free to use this color in any compass direction since it doesn’t alter much of the undertones.

But when it’s the climatic conditions, be careful and use the black color category in the colder regions.

In warmer spaces, this color will confine your space and make it feel smaller!

So, primarily, the black color category looks fabulous on the door and window frames, accent wall of the bedroom or living room, exterior walls, kitchen cabinets, home office focal wall, furniture frames, and built-in shelves of the living room.

Best Benjamin Moore Black Paint Colors

Now comes one of the most interesting topics to talk about!

Here are some of the popular and handpicked best Benjamin Moore black paint colors to choose from.

Benjamin Moore offers tremendous options for black paint colors in a variety of undertones and vibes.

So, let me proceed with the popular ones and then my absolute personal favorites.

5 Most Popular

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron:

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Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron is a black paint color with deep gray and blue undertones.

This bold and daring paint color has an LRV of 6.16 – thus, dark enough to absorb most of the incoming natural light and make your room feel darker and deeper.

It can be best paired with tints of rich gold, crisp whites, shades of light gray, and ample tan leather of the furniture upholstery.


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I highly recommend using this paint color in transitional, Scandinavian, minimalist, modern farmhouse, and industrial interior design styles.

Check out my full color guide on this one here!

Here are some other color specifications you must get acquainted with!

Red = 73

Green = 74

Blue = 75

HEX Value = 494a4b

Benjamin Moore Soot:

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Benjamin Moore Soot is a rich and luxurious black paint color that closely relates to a blue undertone.

Yes, just like magic, this color exhibits a cool and crisp feel to the room. Hence, a highly recommended black if you crave a cool environment!

This rich black pairs beautifully with rich golds, mustards, burnt oranges, terracotta, crisp white, and cool gray. 

Especially on the kitchen cabinets – this color is quite good to go!

With an LRV of 6.19 – this color is equally dark and bold.

Check out my full color guide on this one here!

As usual, it is important to understand the associated RGB and HEX Values that are as follows:

Red = 55BM single soot chip

Green = 60

Blue = 65

HEX Value = #373c41

Benjamin Moore Black:

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Benjamin Moore Black is a true black paint color that feels quite stark and energetic.

This dark and eye-catchy anchoring neutral feels quite balanced and when used in a space, can absolutely enliven and add character.

Just like the other black paint colors, you can best pair this color with copper, rich gold, whites, lighter blues, lighter grays, and mustards.


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When you compare this swatch with a true white paint color, you’d observe the difference and the undertones. 

Moreover, remember to apply a fresh coat of this paint on the accent wall only! Too much must be avoided.

Yes, it has an LRV of 4.56 – thus, the darkest of them all.

It is now time to look through the color details and specifications to know more about it!

Red = 64

Green = 64

Blue = 66

HEX Value = #454546

Benjamin Moore Black Panther:

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Yes, this black is not the darkest of them all – rather a perfect blend of black and deep blue.

Like a rich and elegant true black, this color can positively add drama and depth to any space.

It has an LRV of 6.51 – thus sharing similarities with quite a few other color-based blacks. 


You can best pair this black color with beiges, lighter grays, creamy off-whites, and coral pinks. 

Don’t forget to style woods with this paint color in an industrial backdrop or satin in a modern backdrop.

Here enlisted are the important associated RGB and HEX Values that you must know!

Red = 72

Green = 73

Blue = 75

HEX Value = #4C4D4F

Benjamin Moore Black Beauty:

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This rich shade of black has a hint of brown in it – thus, great enough to exhibit a warm and welcoming appeal. 

It has an LRV of 5.32, which is considerably bold, dark, and dramatic.

You can use this paint color to bring the walls closer and create an illusion of a smaller space.


It’s generally best to amalgamate this color with shades of creamy whites, bronze, lighter taupes, beiges, and warm grays.

Metallic tints of rich golds aren’t a bad option either.

Yes, it’s truly a black beauty!

I recommend understanding the associated RGB and HEX Values to know more about the color specification!

Red = 70

Green = 68

Blue = 68

HEX Value = #4A4949

TIP: You can order stick-on wall samples for any of the above colors. It’s the most convenient way and truly helps you choose the color(s) that look best in your OWN space. Order at Samplize now!

5 Next Popular

Benjamin Moore Onyx:

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This luxurious and grounded deep black paint color has the potential to make your space feel refined, calm, warm, bold, and dramatic.

With an LRV of 4.99 – this color is quite dark and deep. Hence, can definitely be used to bring the walls closer and create a warmer experience.

Don’t forget to style this color with a couple of indoor plants.

Benjamin Moore Black Forest Green:

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Not necessarily black but this shade of dark green and black is a great way to make your space feel energetic and bright.

It has a deep emerald green undertone that is highlighted in excessive lighting conditions.

With an LRV of 4.85 – this is considerably darker-toned paint. 

Benjamin Moore Black Satin:

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This black paint color has a deep green and blue undertone that does feel quite cool and refined.

With an LRV of 4.58 – this color is considerably quite dark, bold, and deep.

Yes, it pairs amazingly well with emerald greens, teal blues, and crisp whites.

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal:

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Not a true black, but this gray tone can be very much related to black paint color with deep gray undertones.

When there isn’t enough natural light in the room, this color can feel quite dark and heavy!

In ample light – this will look like a true gray paint.

It has an LRV of 14.61 – making it comparatively lighter than the above-mentioned.

Check out my full color guide on this one here!

Benjamin Moore Witching Hour:

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This rich black paint color has a deep blue undertone.

Yes, the blue undertone is quite notable and can be visible in various lighting conditions.

It has an LRV of 8.71 – thus, lighter than the other blacks on the swatch.

***Make sure to test out any of these amazing colors with a sample you can put up right in your home. Pick up samples now!

5 Hand Picked Favorites

Benjamin Moore Salamander:

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This dark green color has the potential to look almost black in various lighting conditions. 

Hence, something to consider if you like the bold feel of black but with a touch of hue!

It has an LRV of 3.66, thus, making it the darkest of them all!

Benjamin Moore French Beret:

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This dark-toned paint color has a wink of navy and gray to it. It can readily appear black in various lighting conditions!

With an LRV of 9.06 – it’s not extremely dark and hence, allows your room a certain sense of depth and character.

It looks wonderful with creamy whites and rich golds.

Benjamin Moore Black Iron:

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This deep and bold black paint color is definitely something to look forward to – if you crave a luxe and rich appearance.

With an LRV of 6.12 – this color can outcast some depth and boldness.

You must definitely consider this paint color for minimalist, modern, and Scandinavian styles.

Benjamin Moore Jet Black:

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It’s truly a jet black paint color. Yes, with an LRV of 4.71 – this paint color has the potential to add utmost depth and character!

Don’t forget the undertones of inky blue that can magically make your space feel more clean and crisp.

Benjamin Moore Midnight:

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BM Midnight is my absolute favorite! And do you know why? Well, because of the pretty green that’s hidden underneath!

It has an LRV of 6.2 that can add immense boldness and depth to this paint.

Lastly, it can also showcase a tinge of blue that can readily make your space feel pretty and refined.

Grab some samples of these colors to see how they’ll look in your own living environment. Order real paint, peel-and-stick samples!

Inspiration and Examples


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Benjamin Moore Black looks phenomenal on wall paneling!

Wouldn’t you say?


BM Charcoal Slate has a tinge of gray to make your room feel modern and crisp!

You really see the gray vs black appearance in brighter light.

This fabulous BM Black beauty adds utmost beauty to your home offices.

Don’t believe it? Well, have a look!


Not stated above but Black Tar looks absolutely beautiful on the walls of your living room. 

Talk about an eye-grabber!


BM Black looks beautiful on the exterior doors as well. Definitely, a must try!

Summing It Up

You see – Benjamin Moore has formulated quite a few black paint colors for you to choose from!

Now that we have discussed the major aspects and types of blacks, do you feel confident in incorporating any one of them in your home?

Well, I highly recommend them on the exterior doors and window frames, accent walls, and even mudrooms and laundry rooms.

So, without a thought – pick up your favorite Benjamin Moore black now and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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