Benjamin Moore Historical Color Collection

July 24, 2016

Are you still having trouble choosing a paint color?  I think I can help start you in the right direction:

revere pewter1

via   Revere Pewter HC- 172

Take a look at the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection.  I look through the Historical palette frequently and realized the other day that 90% of the colors I specify for clients are selected from this color palette:


Louisville Green HC-113

stonington gray

          via   Stonington Gray HC- 170

man tan1

     via    Manchester Tan HC- 81

Why? Because they work. Classic yet modern, they are tried and true colors!  The Historical Collection is 174 of the most popular colors inspired by 18th and 19th century North American architecture reflected in a palette that still remains ageless today.

woodlawn blue

via  Woodlawn Blue HC-147

hale navy2

via      Hale Navy HC-154

shaker beige


They have proven over time to deliver classic, unchanging paint colors that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces.

grant beige

via      Grant Beige HC- 83

knoxville gray

via    Knoxville Gray HC- 160

Many designers go right to the Historical Collection because although we have played with and experimented with many different colors, this palette has proven over and over to be winning colors voted for and used by many. They provide good neutral backgrounds and serve to unify diverse color palettes.  Believe me- They are just great colors that work!!

So next time you begin searching for that perfect color for your home, first take a look at the Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection knowing that they are proven winners and used by many experts. This will help you start in the right direction.


  1. Hi Kelly, I love the Historical collection. Just a correction about the wall color in your second photo of the dining room. It’s Louisburg Green HC-113. I only know this as I recently painted our huge iving room and dining and cathedral ceilingl with this gorgeous color. It is my new favorite color as it changes with the light throughout the day. It works as a neutral even though it is green. Used Saybrook Sage HC-114 in the adjacent kitchen with cream cabinets and dark granite countertops. I used Elephant Tusk OC-8 as the trim. Beautiful with black wood accent pieces. Enjoy your postings. Wendy

  2. Hi– I love this color collection! I am going to to find a space to use that Knoxville Gray HC- 160 color– it’s so beautiful!!


  3. Great info! Always love the context of your posts as well as the gorgeous inspirational photos you provide. Thumbs up Kelly 🙂

  4. Hi,
    Can you please give me some ideas of what griege colors would compliment burnt orange/rust? I also have some shades of blue in my rug.
    Thank you

  5. Kelly, would Shaker Beige work as an overall color in an open floor plan with mostly yellow undertones and navy blue upholstery, creamy white kitchen cabinets and Ivory Tumbled Travertine backsplash which appears to have a pink undertone? Also, my great room hardly gets any natural light.

    • Hi Hope, I am afraid the undertones of Shaker Beige, which are red, would clash with the yellow and ivory you have. I think a green based undertone, such as Grant Beige or Man Tan would work better with your existing furnishings. Hope this helps!

  6. Hi Kelly,
    I have a large kitchen with Dakota Mahogany granite and oak colored cabinets. Unfortunately cannot afford to replace any of it right now but am wondering what paint colors would work? I live in a beach community and would like to go beachy if possible.
    Thanks much

  7. Hi Kelly I just painted my cabinets white and painted my counter tops to resemble marble. I love how they look together and we are working on a backsplash, but I need a gray paint that goes with marble to paint my walls. I am on my 6th sample and keep finding the gray is either too dark, too light, too brown, etc. One gray I chose solely because I saw it in a picture with marble counters and it looked amazing. When I painted it on my kitchen walls, it was so purple in my I couldn’t believe it. Any help would be great! Frustration is setting in on finding the perfect gray that will compliment my faux marble counters:)

  8. Hi Kelly, we are investing in some heirloom quality custom living room furniture and trying to decide on a stain. Our living space is Revere Pewter. Any stain suggestions to compliment Revere Pewter (and also stand the test of time) are appreciated! Thanks!

  9. Hi Kelly! We have a south facing formal living room in norther MN with chestnut woodwork and trim and a stone fireplace with yellows/reds/and even some dark gray. I painted it SW latte and do not like it. I’ve used Manchester tan in other areas and wonder if I should paint it man tan? I’ve also used revere pewter in the house. Thoughts? Thanks so much!!

  10. Hi Kelly,
    We are building two beach houses next to each other in Southern California.
    It’s time to pick Exterior paint colors, what do you think of BM Revere Pewter for one house and BM Stonington Gray or BM Coventry Gray for the other. Many thanks.

    • Hi Ami,

      It is too big of a project for me to give you answers online without seeing photos, etc. I would not want to see you mess up by my guessing answers and I think it is a project to be sure your get the right colors. If you would like to work together with my online color consulting service, please write me an email with photos and we will find you the perfect colors! Thanks for writing.

  11. Hi Kelly,

    I painted the exterior of my house Hale Navy with oxford white trim. I wanted to paint my front door an orange color to make it pop against the hale navy but I’m losing my mind trying to get it right. Do you have any suggestions from the current Benjamin Moore Collection. A redish orange would be my preference but I’m open to it all. I just want warm welcoming and inviting. And definitely not blah. Trying to finish this last piece of the puzzle over labor day weekend. Thank you!


  12. Wow Kelly, I just stumbled upon your web site when looking for a color that would go well with Hale Navy. We plan on painting the bottom part of the walls in the dining room with Hale Navy. Would you have any suggestions for the top part of the wall?

    Appreciate you site!

  13. Hi Kelly, We bought a house….ALL of the trim and all the doors are Manchester Tan….All cabinets in the kitchens and bathrooms are Manchester tan with a brown glaze over them. I am wanting to paint several of the rooms and I have decided to start with the office. It’s dark brown and the ceiling is too and is very very dark. Can you please give me some color choices that will go with the trim color of Manchester tan. I am driving myself crazy..please help. I would like it to be a lighter creamy color but at this point I am open to anything.

  14. Hi Kelly, It’s Beverly again,
    I failed to mention my kitchen color is Chestertown buff HC-9 with the manchester tan trim and the glaze on the cabinets. All suggestions here would be greatly appreciated. I would like to paint one wall as an accent wall and all the other walls a different color. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Beverly,

      Manchester Tan is a very nice green undertone beige. Quite a few colors will work with it. One idea if you want to go a little darker for walls- Grant Beige HC-83 would be perfect. Or a lighter color could be Navajo White OC-95. Both will work beautifully. If you need more personalized help, write me at [email protected] and we can work together with your photos and furnishings. Hope this helps!

  15. Hi Kelly:

    First of all, thank you for being an amazing resource! Large, open dining and living room with 15 foot ceilings. Dining room is being painted Hale Navy, looking for my neutral for living room, hallway and kitchen which has white cabinets, medium butcher block, and dark granite counters. Couch is a large sectional in a rich chocolate and dining room furniture is mahogany. Revere pewter scares me as it seems so gray paired with the chocolate/mahogany furniture. Any suggestions for walls and trim?

    Many, many thanks!!


  16. Hi Kelly!

    I love your colour choices and the BM HC are the best by far.

    I am painting my kitchen and tv room. I have a medium toned oak cabinets and well as wain scoting in both. The tv room has a large stone fireplace, grey toned. It’s an old farm house built in 1830’s. Original pine floors in a medium tone as well. I don’t do grey walls at all!!!Any suggestions as I am stuck!?!?! Dark or light, I’m open to all.

    • Hi Melissa, My favorite choice for oak cabinets is Georgian Green HC- 115. Just beautiful. The green will also work well with your fireplace which has green undertones. Be sure to sample in your home first before purchasing paint.

  17. Hi Kelly..I love the BM Historical colors since I love houses of that era. I am painting condo…lhabe decided on Revere Pewter for LR. So you thing Loisville green would coordinate with it for my kitchen and dining? I have medium maple cabinets. Thanks!!!

  18. I love the color Louisburg Green HC-113 on the chip. It doesnt appear that dark in that dinning room pic. I want to paint my living room and dinning room this color. Rooms get lots of natural light all day all year. My fear is it will close the space in at LRV 32.77. I have olive like furniture with burgundy roses and medium wood trim. I have a wood dinning room suit too. Thought this color would enhance the wood. Your thoughts?

    • I think most colors are darker on the chip Brenda. I think the photo is a better representation of the true color. Try getting a sample and painting two coats on poster board. Move around day and night to see if your lighting works well with it. Hope this helps.

  19. Hi Kelly I have kitchen cabinets that are very close to Barley and counters that are black granite with gray accent. I am looking for a color to make the cabinets pop and a neutral color for the adjacent family room. I have been thinking of grays. Can you help?

    • I would love to help you find colors for your home Betsy. I would need to see photos of your home to help you get the best color for your walls. I offer online color consultations. I charge $45.00 per color to help you get the best color choice. If you would like to work together, please email me here- [email protected]. Thank you.

  20. Can you please tell me what “white” you used in the first pic with the Revere Pewter? Would you use that same white with Edgecomb Grey?

  21. Kellie I have a litchfield colonial built in the late 89s. I have been remodeling using paint color the mo jes we had set aside for remodel went to our son who needed a kidney transplant. My husband gave him
    A 2nd Birthday by donating his kidney to our son. We have oak cabinets oak fhardwoud floors they the entire Home oak trim and out crown molding. There’s so much of it I am sure we can afford to paint it all white. It’s stained natural. So I have a fireplace in the family room that is open to a large kitchen I did that grant beige. The dining room off the kitchen I was thinking surge blue and the living room revere pewter and the powder room vans diesel blue but it’s all oak trim. Can you just give me your thoughts? Please and thank you!

    • Hi Lucy,
      I could not find the color Ben Moore Surge Blue. The Revere Pewter sound beautiful and so does Van Deusene Blu for the powder room. I love the oak trim with the darker wall colors.
      Hope this helps!

  22. What white trim paint would you use with Manchester Tan?
    Does BM white dove work? What about a creamy color as another option?

    • Hi Melissa,
      I double checked the colors- Manchester Tan goes well with White Dove. When you say a creamy color, I think of yellow. Is there a color you were thinking to try?

  23. Kelly, We are painting mainroom of our 1895 old schoolhouse home Powell Buff. It has four 7 ft windows that will be painted.What is a good shade for the windows and 7″ baseboards.The kitchen can be seen slightly and has a matching window, Baltic Grey lower cabinets and white subway tile backsplash. The front, south facing foyer (6x20with 16′ ceiling) I was thinking bold (Hale Navy e.g.). Also, 4 more windows and stair railingShould trim all match on this floor.Any other suggestion for foyer color? Thanks!

    • Hi Shirley,

      I would love to help you find the perfect colors for your home, bu t I can not select paint colors without seeing photos of your home. If you would like to work together, please email me- [email protected] and I will give you information on how the online color/decorating process works together. I am priced very reasonably and can help with your decorating/ color questions.
      Thanks for writing!

  24. Hi Kelly,
    Could you confirm the colors in the first photo. The walls look like the perfect grey I am looking for. I am still concerned that Revere Pewter may look to “khaki”. If you could please let me know for certain the color of the walls, ceiling and trim work. The caption underneath says Revere Pewter. Hoping not to make a costly mistake I will have to live with! How many coats of Revere Pewter does it usually take to reach that nice grey. Will a west facing room look grey or beige.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Bonnie,

      I researched and researched the source where that photo came from- Houzz. There is not one mention of the color Revere Pewter and designer never answered questions regarding paint. It looks like Revere but I can not say definitely. I am going to remove from blog also. As far as a west facing room, there is a lot of sun so our gray beige will look more gray than beige. Hope this answered your questions. Good luck with your project!

  25. Hi Kelli,
    Thank you for all the trouble you went to checking the paint color for me. My west facing room will have lots of sun light. Can’t wait to see that grey! You helped a lot!


  26. Kelly- Help I am struggling to find s nice exterior trim to match Ben Moore Chestertown Buff??‍♂️. I love the Chestertown Buff, but I think I need to soften it. I have black shutters, which I cannot change, the trim and doors are open for selection.
    Thank you

  27. Our entryway is painted Manchester Tan. We’d like to add more color to the southeast-facing living room adjacent (to the left) to our entryway. Our east-facing dining room (to the right of the entryway) is painted Wythe blue, which we love! Wondering if you have suggestions for the living room that might complement the MT and Wythe Blue. Picked up chips with Concord Ivory (seems a little mustardy), Hollingsworth Green, Adams Gold.

    • Hi Patricia,
      Have you looked at Hale Navy? It is hard for me to guess a color without seeing photos. Is there a fireplace? A lot of light? I do like the palette with Holllingsworth Green. That would be pretty with the Wyeth blue and Manchester Tan. Hope this helps!

      • Belated thanks! This is a traditional front living room with two east-facing and one south-facing window and nice light, especially in the morning.I also really like Shaker Beige, but fear it may be too similar to the Manchester Tan and perhaps too neutral. No fireplace or TV, a piano and an older couch and newer neutral swivel chair. I love the way the Wyeth Blue departs from the neutral in the rest of our house and am looking for something similar (non-neutral) for the living room. But I do like the SB!

  28. Hello. I need to paint my kitchen. My cabinets are white ..and the counter-top is a green marble. My floor is mostly black…and suggestions>

  29. Hi Kelly. Just discovered your blog. I love the HC colors. My problem is trying to find a mid-tone neutral to use in the foyer and kitchen. We have an open concept plan and it is mostly painted in Windham Cream (H 6). What do you suggest with this yellowy cream color to add some interest and a little drama? Would love to hear your suggestions.

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