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: 8
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!
Have you painted with any of the Benjamin Moore Historical Color Collection paint colors? Which colors are your favorite?