12 Colors in the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection

12 favorite colors in the benjamin moore historical collection

I work often with clients to select paint colors. Some of my favorite paint colors like Edgecomb Gray and Hale Navy are included in the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection and I decided to do some research on how the collection was developed.

Facts about the Historical Collection

The collection includes 191 colors and  was developed in 1976 in conjunction with the American bicentennial celebration. According to Benjamin Moore, “Historical Collection was inspired by 18th and 19th century architecture found throughout North America. While the Historical Collection is steeped in traditional American design, these hues transcend architectural styles; for years, this celebrated collection has complemented both contemporary and transitional spaces.” 

Scroll down to view 12 of my favorite colors in the Historical Collection, each with in home examples of the color.

Quick Tip: This article includes the RGB and LRV value for each paint color. RGB represents how much Red, Green, and Blue is in each paint color. On the LRV scale, O absorbs all light (black) and 100 reflects all light (white). I numbered the colors below from lightest to darkest.

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12 Favorite Colors in the Ben Moore Historical Collection

1. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-120

BM Stonington Gray is a popular neutral gray, slightly cool with a blue undertone. I painted my kids’ room this gray in my first home and it definitely showed as a blue gray on the wall.

R: 202 G: 203 B: 197     LRV: 59.36 

below image source of BM Stonington Gray desk via Plank & Pine

2. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173

BM Edgecomb Gray is a popular neutral light greige. Edgecomb Gray is slightly warmer and lighter than SW Agreeable Gray and can read beige and gray depending on lighting.

R: 217 G: 211 B: 196     LRV: 63

below image source of BM Edgecomb Gray in living room via Design Dazzle

below image source of BM Edgecomb Gray in hallway via Turquoise Home

3. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172

BM Revere Pewter is a classic greige, darker than Edgecomb Gray. It has a touch of green undertone. Also highlighted in this greige paint article

R: 204 G: 199 B: 185     LRV: 55

below image source of BM Revere Pewter wall color via JKMartin34

below image source of BM Revere Pewter in bathroom via Walkers Point Italianate

4. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154

BM Hale Navy is a popular “true blue” classic navy. It is a beautiful color similar to Farrow & Ball Hague Blue, and similar to BM Gentleman’s Gray but with less green in it. 

R: 67 G: 75 B: 86     LRV:

below image source of BM Hale Navy board and batten wall via Sunny Side Design

below image source of BM Hale Navy on bookcase via Our 1922 Homeplace

5. Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue HC-156

BM Van Deusen Blue is considered a medium dark navy and lighter in color than Hale Navy. It is a cool color similar to Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. A good choice for accent walls.

R: 72 G: 91 B: 110     LRV: 12

below image source of BM Van Deusen Blue in office closet via Comfort Grace Home

below image source of BM Van Deusen Blue on bathroom cabinet via Carlough + Co

6. Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue HC-144

BM Palladian Blue is a soft blue that can appear gray green or blue green depending on lighting. While Palladian Blue is sometimes compared to SW Sea Salt, Sea Salt will show more green.

R: 193 G: 209 B: 201     LRV: 60

below image source of BM Palladian Blue on bathroom wall via Benavides Design House

below image source of BM Palladian Blue on cabinetry via Design Dazzle

7. Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169

BM Coventry Gray is a slightly cool toned medium gray with a blue undertone. A good choice for cabinetry.

R: 184 G: 186 B: 182     LRV: 48

below image source of BM Coventry Gray on kitchen cabinets via Haus of Rowe Interiors

8. Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage HC-114

BM Saybrook Sage is a cool, silvery green. Similar in color to Farrow & Ball Blue Gray.

R: 177 G: 183 B: 162     LRV: 45

below image source of BM Saybrook Sage on cabinetry via Carolyn Wilbrink

9. Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

BM Manchester Tan is a warm beige color. Manchester Tan has the same LRV as Edgecomb Gray, but Edgecomb Gray has more gray. 

R: 220 G: 211 B: 189     LRV: 63

below image source of BM Manchester Tan via Bella Casa Interiors

below image source of BM Manchester Tan via Calypso in the Country

10. Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC-147

BM Woodlawn Blue is a versatile soft green blue with a mix of green and blue undertones. It leans slightly more gray blue than Palladian Blue. 

R: 194 G: 209 B: 203     LRV: 61

below image source of BM Woodlawn Blue on bedroom wall via Tiarra | Interiors + Design

below image source of BM Woodlawn Blue on door via Lenny and Jenny Designs

11. Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171

BM Wickham Gray is a cool gray. Wickham Gray is similar to Farrow & Ball Dimpse and Sherwin Williams Reflection.

R: 212 G: 216 B: 210     LRV: 68

below image source of BM Wickham Gray on cabinetry via Ellsworth Home

12. Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray HC-165

BM Boothbay Gray is a medium steel gray with blue undertone. In some light it can have a green undertone.  Boothbay Gray is a popular choice for cabinetry.

R: 171 G: 179 B: 177     LRV: 43

below image source of BM Boothbay Gray: on cabinetry via Barrow Building Group

below image source of BM Boothbay Gray: on cabinetry via Refined Hive


Samplize offers 12” x 12” peel and stick paint samples for Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and Farrow & Ball colors. It is a fun way to test paint colors, and the material is flexible so you can wrap it around corners. I’ve ordered from Samplize for clients in the past, and found the paint samples helpful! 

12 favorite colors in the benjamin moore historical collection

Have you painted with any of the Benjamin Moore Historical Color Collection paint colors? Which colors are your favorite?

12 favorite colors in the benjamin moore historical collection

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