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Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart Color Review

Learn all about Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart in this color review (Sample Here).  This soft black paint color with subtle deep blue undertones is a beautiful option for exteriors with red brick or warm stone colors.  It looks much brighter outside than on the page. It’s too blue to be black and too black to be gray.  It is complex and beautiful.  It changes in the light, all day long.

This color is also an excellent option for interior accents.  It’s pretty dark so should be used in rooms with tons of light.

Please note that all the photos in this post are from Color Concierge projects.


We even painted the gutters and the downspouts the same color as the body.  The homeowner took it an extra step further and painted the back porch ceilings Cheating Heart.  It looks intentional and amazing!

Back porch with Cheating Heart ceiling
Photo by C. Black
Back porch with Cheating Heart Ceiling
Photo by C. Black

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What are the Best Exterior White Trim Colors for Cheating Heart?

You can absolutely use this color for cabinets.  If you want to use it for both upper and lower cabinets, make sure that you install soft white countertops and a white backsplash to keep the look light and balanced.  You can also use it as a lower cabinet with white upper cabinets.  Ideally, the upper cabinet white should be the same as your white trim color.

What is the easiest way to test Cheating Heart?

We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change a color completely. 

In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess.

Now we have SAMPLIZE, 9X14″ Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

Comparisons with Other Black Paint Colors

Cheating Heart vs. Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is the darker paint color.  They are both soft blacks with blue undertones, but Cheating Heart will look bluer outside.

Cheating Heart vs. Hale Navy

Although they both have blue undertones, Hale Navy is the darker color and a deep rich blue outside.

SW Peppercorn vs. Cheating Heart

Peppercorn is pretty different – it is much lighter and has violet undertones.  They would read pretty similarly, though.

Which Sherwin-Williams Colors are like Cheating Heart?

Sherwin-Williams doesn’t have any colors that are close to Cheating Heart, and it is very difficult to copy because of its subtle undertones.    If you want a Sherwin-Williams color, you will need to compromise.

Learn more about matching paint colors here.

Key Learning Points – Cheating Heart

Benjamin Moore’s Cheating Heart is a complex charcoal-ish black with blue undertones. It’s too blue to be black and too black to be gray.  It is complex and beautiful.  It changes in the light, all day long.  It’s gorgeous with red brick outside, and nice as an interior accent in a room with tons of light.

No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors.  It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. We love to test with SAMPLIZE peel-and-stick samples.  Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified.  Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

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About the Author

Michelle Marceny, principal designer and founder of The Color Concierge, a paint color consulting company in Denver, Colorado.

Hi, I’m Michelle Marceny, founder, owner, and Principal Color Designer at The Color Concierge. I believe a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. The Color Concierge was born out of my drive to help clients fall back in love with their homes. My clients trust me to help them find the perfect paint color for their home – whether it’s a whole-house paint color scheme or ideas for a single room. 

Since The Color Concierge was founded in 2017, we have completed over 3000 color consultations, both online and in-person.  I am a Certified Color Expert with 7 years of experience creating interior and exterior color palettes throughout North America.

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One Response

  1. Thank you for the great article addressing red brick. Great ideas! Have always been drawn to the old red brick but when it comes to interior and exterior colors that work I’m at a loss.

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