March 05, 2021 8 min read

We're living in a world where people can order nearly everything online. With a few clicks, we can order groceries, clothing and furniture for pickup. Even small, local shops make it simple to purchase items online. The digital world is growing every day, and shopping from the comfort of your own home is so convenient. It can be easy to shop for a shirt or food with technology, but is it possible to order paint online?

Shopping for house paint online can be simple. Some people don't have the time to shop around at their local hardware store. They might have to stay home with their kids or pets or focus on other errands, or maybe they just feel better shopping from their couch.

Paint shops have started to offer their products online, and you don't have to worry about choosing the wrong color. You can still find the perfect shades for your home without having to go to the store and wait for someone to mix the product. When shopping online with a paint store, you can place your order and pick it up, simplifying your home improvement projects. Learn how to order paint online below!

What You Need to Know About Buying Paint Online

Paint shopping has typically always been an in-store process. You scan through all the paint chips and take them home to compare your choices in your home's lighting. Once you choose the best-looking one, you head back to the store to purchase it. But with online paint shopping, you can cut out the back and forth to the hardware store. You can even get the chips and color samples online.

Before you open your laptop and start adding paint colors to your shopping cart, it's best to know the steps of buying house paint online to know what to expect. Make the purchasing process easier by following these steps, many of which are similar to shopping for paint in the store:

  • Think of the room or rooms: Have an idea of the spaces you want to transform before you begin to order paint. You'll know how much you need and whether you have to get additional products like primer based on the room's function and its existing wall colors.
  • Consider your project: Will you be painting an accent wall with geometric shapes or putting a solid color throughout the room? That consideration will help you know if you need multiple colors or larger amounts of paint.
  • Have colors in mind: You could spend time browsing your endless color options online, but having a direction will help save you time. Consider whether you want a shade in a certain range or a hue from a cool or warm color family.
  • Choose the right finish: Know how to choose the right paint finish before shopping online so you make the right choice the first time. Flat or matte, for instance, suits bedrooms, while high- and semi-gloss paints work well in kitchens. 

With those factors in mind, it'll be easier to make the right choices as you shop for paint online. It's also important to know what brands you can purchase online. Hardware stores offer different brands and colors, and you want to buy quality paint that will look great on the inside or outside of your home.

As technology grows and online shopping increases, businesses will move their products online to cater to those who are opting to shop online instead of in-store. You'll start to notice more home renovation products will be available to purchase online, and the process will become increasingly more efficient.

Just because you're not in-store doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the full paint-shopping experience. Hardware retailers are making it simple to shop for paint online for the inside and outside of your home.

Choosing a Color With Paint Chips and Samples

Paint chips are a great and free way to see different colors in your home. You might hesitate to buy paint online if you're worried about choosing the right paint color. Sometimes, the color swatch you see on the screen looks different once it's on your walls. You want to make sure the paint you choose looks great in your home's lighting and is the exact tone you desire.

The great news is most shops allow you to pick out paint chips online, and they'll send them directly to your home. It can be easier to take your time and research colors online before you order paint chips instead of standing in the hardware store staring at a wall full of colors.

To order paint chips online, just pick out a few colors for the rooms of your home you want to paint. Then just supply your name, address and color choices, and your paint chips will be on their way to your home.

Once you've decided what color swatches you like the best, you can test out the color by ordering paint samples. Using samples can be your next step to seeing if you really like the color on your walls. Paint samples are a good purchase if your want to validate your color choice. You can order paint samples online to pick up at your local shop.

How to Use Paint Chips

Looking at your paint chip under fluorescent lighting may not give you the best idea of how it will look in your home. Take your paint chip and view it under artificial, indirect and direct lighting — whatever's in the room you want to transform. It's also helpful to hold your chips next to furniture, rugs and other decorations in your room to make sure it complements everything nicely. 

Choosing a color from your collection of paint chips doesn't have to be where you make the final decision. These chips are small, and it can be challenging to fully see what a wall will look like with the new color. Your next best step would be ordering a paint sample.

How to Use Paint Samples the Right Way

How to use paint samples

Paint samples typically are available in pint-size cans and help give you a better idea of what colors will look like as a finished product. Testing the actual paint on your walls can help you commit to a color selection. Shades can vary in look from wall to wall, so it's essential to test with color samples. A paint sample can also show you how the product's finish looks on your wall.

Here are a few tips to follow when using color samples to help choose your paint color:

  • Pick three shades: If you find a color you enjoy, test lighter or darker shades, as well, to see which one you like the best on your walls. Slight shades can make a big difference. 
  • Paint the samples on the wall or boards: You can swatch the paint samples directly on the wall or on a poster board. Both can be good options as long as you cover a big enough space to see exactly what the color looks like in the room.
  • Swatch on multiple walls: Paint colors may look different on multiple walls in the room. To ensure you choose the right shade, swatch on various walls to see how it looks in certain lighting or next to pieces of furniture.
  • Consider a primer: If the paint color you're testing is on an existing deep or bright shade, it might help to use a primer before swatching.

These tips can help you make a color decision effectively and prevent you from buying too many paint samples.

Use Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer

A fantastic tool you can use to compare paint colors is a virtual color viewer. Different brands are creating their own versions of this tool, but a great one to use is the Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer.

The Personal Color Viewer allows you to upload a photo of your room and select areas you'd like to see paint colors on. You could also pick from any Benjamin Moore paint color and view it in different stock photo rooms. The tool offers 10 rooms to choose from, including the:  

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Entryway
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Kid's room
  • Bathroom
  • Office
  • Front door
  • Exterior
Each room has seven to nine photos to choose from. This photo is what you will use to see the paint color on a wall. You can search through all the colors Benjamin Moore offers, look by color family or through color collections. You can also choose shades for different aspects of the room like trims, ceilings, cabinets, drawers, doors and other fixtures that can help you decide.


Know the Return Policy When Ordering Wall Paint Online

It's crucial to know the return policy when making big purchases for home improvements. This policy should be on the store's website. If it isn't, you can call and ask an employee about the paint return policy. Most of the time, custom paint and other paint products are final sale.

Some other things to confirm about the return policy include:

  • The time frame of return
  • If you need a receipt
  • If it will be store credit or return to the original form of payment
  • If the store offers exchanges
  • The condition of the returned or exchanged items

Knowing the return policy ensures you choose your colors wisely and gives you a back-up plan in case you aren't happy with the color you select.

Plan How Much Paint You Need With the Benjamin Moore Paint Calculator

Use the Benjamin Moore Paint Calculator to estimate how much paint you'll need to purchase for your project. This tool can help you save money and plan your home renovation budget, all with a few simple steps to calculate the amount of paint you'll need:

  1. Choose between the imperial or metric measuring system.
  2. Find out the square footage of your room by inputting the length, width and height of the room.
  3. Make sure to include any windows or doors in the room so the tool can include them in calculations.
  4. Press calculate, and you'll have your recommended amount of paint!

Some other areas of the room you'll need to account for are the ceiling, doors, trims, cabinets and other aspects of the space. The Benjamin Moore Paint Calculator's numbers include two coats of paint and do not factor in the ceiling. It's also essential to be aware of the way you're applying the paint to the walls, which can affect how much you need.

How to Order Paint Online and Pick up at Your Nearest Aboff's Location

Aboff's makes it simple to order paint for your home online, cut the wait and have your paint ready in no time. Browse by types of products, like stains, primers, exterior or interior paints, and by color. To order Benjamin Moore paint online for in-store pickup, follow these steps: 

  1. Search for the paint color you desire.
  2. Decide how much of the color you want to buy once you find it. You can order anything from a sample pint to a gallon.
  3. Select your finish. You can choose from eggshell, matte, pearl, semi-gloss and flat.
  4. Adjust the number of cans you need.
  5. Click the "Add to Cart" button.
  6. Add all the products you want to purchase, then enter your zip code and select the Aboff's location closest to you for in-store pickup.
  7. Select your in-store pickup date.
  8. Proceed with the checkout process, and you're done!

Remember to visit your local Aboff's on the day of your scheduled pickup to gather your purchase. If you decide to take advantage of our curbside pickup, simply call the store when you arrive and your order will be brought out to you.


Contact Aboff's for Your Paint Needs 

Painting your home is a big project. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform your home's interior or exterior. When you're shopping for paint, it's important to choose quality products to get the job done right the first time.

Aboff's Paints has a team of highly skilled experts with years of experience in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 90 years and strive to deliver quality service to our customers. We are continuing to grow our services by offering online ordering and curbside pickup. Shop at one of over 30 locations on Long Island and see why we've been in business for all these years.

Browse through our various Benjamin Moore paint options online. If you want more help with your project, contact us today to speak to our design studio or give us a call to learn more about the services we offer.



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