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Benjamin Moore Black Beauty: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect black paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Black Beauty and if it might be right for your home!

As neutral, black paint colors might seem like an easy choice. Wrong!

Black paint colors can have a variety of undertones, which means different black paint colors can look very different on the walls! They can also vary in their level of color depth.

It’s so helpful to swatch all colors in your space before committing, especially blacks, because black can be a bold choice!

Let’s learn more about BM Black Beauty today.

Benjamin Moore Black Beauty Paint Color Guide

Black Beauty, Benjamin Moore, 2128-10

Black Beauty is a rich, dark shade of black with a bit of warmth. It provides a calming, sophisticated feeling to a space.

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Color Family

Black Beauty is in the black family.

Light Reflectance Value


Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around.

This is on a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

With an LRV of 5, Black Beauty is an extremely dark paint color.

RGB Colors

R: 57 G: 55 B: 54

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color.

This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code


Benjamin Moore Black Beauty
BM Black Beauty


Black Beauty does not have strong undertones. It sometimes shows hints of warmth, such as brown, red, or orange.

With such a dark LRV and minimal undertones, Black Beauty does not change much depending on the lighting.

It may look slightly lighter and warmer in south-facing rooms with lots of natural light and slightly darker and cooler in north-facing rooms lacking natural light, but overall, it will hold its color.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

Black paint colors are, in general, a bold choice for interiors. I like to use black paint colors for:

  • Trim, paired with white walls
  • Interior doors
  • Accent wall
  • All of the walls of a powder room
  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Exterior on a smaller house

Similar Colors

  • Benjamin Moore Onyx
  • Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black
  • Benjamin Moore Universal Black
  • Benjamin Moore Jet Black
  • Benjamin Moore Space Black
  • Behr Limousine Leather
  • Sherwin Williams Domino

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Coordinating Colors

As a neutral, Black Beauty is easy to pair with nearly any color palette.

I like to pair it with warm whites or light grays for neutral layers or with blues, pinks, or greens for more of a pop of color.

Warm whites:

Light cool grays:

  • Wickham Gray
  • Ice Cap
  • Oystershell
  • Alaskan Husky
  • Gray Cashmere

Mid-toned blues:

  • Water’s Edge
  • Solitude
  • Little Falls
  • Province Blue
  • Slate Blue

Trim Colors

The warmth of Black Beauty means it pairs well with soft white paint colors for trim.

Soft white trim colors:

Black Beauty color palette

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Benjamin Moore Black Beauty Palette

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Here are some common frequently asked questions about Black Beauty.

What are the undertones of BM Black Beauty?

Black Beauty doesn’t have strong undertones. It sometimes shows hints of warmth (brown, red, or orange).

What is the difference: BM Black Beauty vs Onyx?

Black Beauty and Onyx are similar dark black paint colors.

Onyx is ever so slightly darker, with an LRV of 4.99 versus Black Beauty’s LRV of 5.32.

Black Beauty is a bit warmer, and Onyx is a bit more neutral.

What is the difference: BM Black Beauty vs SW Tricorn Black?

Tricorn Black and Black Beauty are very similar.

Tricorn Black is extremely dark, with an LRV of 3. Black Beauty is a bit lighter, with an LRV of 5. Both have minimal undertones with just a bit of warmth.

Is BM Black Beauty warm or cool?

BM Black Beauty is a warm black paint color.

What is one shade lighter than BM Black Beauty?

If you love Black Beauty but want to go with something a bit lighter, try swatching BM Abyss.

What can I use BM Black Beauty for?

Black paint is a bold choice that can be used for a variety of spaces!

Try using Black Beauty for trim (paired with white walls), interior doors, an accent wall, a powder room, furniture, cabinets, or the exterior of a small house.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

Still not sure what paint color to choose?

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My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.

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