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Favorite Paint Color ~ Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

Happy Hues-day, friends!  In the spotlight this week is Manchester Tan, one of the top 50 paint colors from Benjamin Moore.

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Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

What color is Manchester Tan?

Manchester Tan HC-51, also known as Berber White 955, is a warm neutral with yellow undertones. It has an LRV, or light reflective value, of 63.24 indicating that it’s a medium light color.

It looks great in any room but especially those that face north. That’s because it has warm undertones, and rooms that face north don’t get any direct sunlight and appear cooler. Colors with warm undertones balance or warm up those spaces.

Although it’s a great neutral, the photos I’m showing today illustrate something very important…color looks different in each room, depending on the lighting and other elements that are located in the space. 

Tips for choosing your paint colors:

  1. If you don’t know where to begin, start with any items that won’t be changing like large furniture pieces, flooring, or any other permanent features in the area to be painted.
  2. Look for inspiration on pinterest, instagram, or in home magazines.
  3. Once you’ve decided on the direction you want to go, narrow your choices down to 5 or less paint colors, ideally.
  4. Keep in mind that paint colors will look more intense on your walls than they do on paint color strips with multiple shades. This means light colors will look lighter and dark colors will look darker.
  5. Look at the color you’re considering in the room that you will be painting, not outside in the bright sun.
  6. See how the paint color looks in that room during different lighting situations…on a sunny day, on a cloudy day, with and without the lights on, and at night. They look different in each of these situations.
  7. I strongly recommend testing the color either by painting areas of the room (next to the trim) or by using a peel and stick paint samples. You can get them here: Samplize Peel and Stick Paint Samples. They’re reusable, affordable, and you don’t even have to wash out a brush.
  8. Most importantly, remember that there’s not a “perfect” color. There are likely a few good choices that will look beautiful in your room.

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan Living Room

Here’s Manchester Tan on a sunny day paired with cool aquas and lime greens.  It looks like a creamy tan in this setting.  I love the accent colors they’ve used with it.

In this space, there isn’t quite as much natural light as the previous photo and the color looks a little “cooler”, or grayer.  Cooler colors are those with blue, purple, green or gray undertones.  Warmer colors are the ones with yellow, red, orange and warm brown undertones.

Pairing Manchester Tan with warmer accent colors can also make it take on a grayer appearance.  It sounds crazy, I know, but trust me.  Always look at colors next to furnishings and fabrics that will be in the room. 

Dining Room Painted with Manchester Tan

Becca at Adventures in Decorating used Manchester Tan in her dining area with some white ironstone accents.  It looks gorgeous and is a great backdrop for her white accessories.  I love the way it looks in here with her warm hardwood floors. 

manchester tan dining room

From Adventures in Decorating

In this space Manchester Tan pairs nicely with the wood floors, soft gray-green window shade, the light blue ceiling and the rosy sofa.  It’s a perfect complement to the soft accent colors.

manchester tan living room

Contemporary Family Room by Dc Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Liz Levin Interiors

The walls and ceilings in the sitting area painted with Manchester Tan have just the right amount of color to make the molding stand out.  Don’t you wish you had a sweet reading nook like this one?  I know I do!

manchester tan room

Traditional Bedroom by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Billy Beson Company

Home Office Painted with Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

By painting the walls and cabinets in this office in the same color, the setting is calm and peaceful.  Some would say it’s boring, but I think it would be a nice place to get some work done without being distracted by lots of bold colors and accents.

manchester tan office

Traditional Home Office by Mississauga Interior Designers & Decorators Jacqueline Glass and Associates

Cool, warm, whatever, right?  Manchester Tan is a great neutral in many spaces.  But the lesson of the day is to try it before you buy it!  

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and inspiring.  Let me know if you’ve used Manchester Tan before or if you have another favorite paint color.

My favorite, no-fail neutrals are found in this post:

Thanks so much for dropping by my little space on the world wide web!


  1. Hi Angie. I've been contemplating this color for my master bedroom, and your post has been helpful. I'm featuring your new paint colors series on Friday Finds today. Thanks, and enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thanks Laurel. I'm so glad you found it helpful. And thanks bunches for the feature! Always good to hear from you! ~ Angie

  2. I am rehabbing a 1925 city row home with an exposed brick wall. I have tried so many paint colors but nothing has worked. I read an article about Benjamin Moore Halo so my husband and I went and got a sample. He perused their historic collection and came up with Manchester Tan. I didn't really like it based on the chip, but went along with it anyway. That turned out to be the color I had been searching for. It's a perfect combination of tan and gray, not too dark but not too light. Historic and sophisticated.

  3. Thank you for this post. I am considering this color for my basement with an accent wall of BM Bachelor Blue. My all time favorite colors BM La Paloma Gray. It's the perfect greige (IMHO). But it's too dark for the basement, hence the hunt for a lighter color ….

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