historical collection

Experience the 191 colors of the Historical Collection, a celebration of 200+ years of American style.

The Historical Collection is sophisticated and understated, a family of favored colors that enhance any style home.

Tried and True

Benjamin Moore’s revered 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.

Design opportunities abound: Set a tranquil tone in any room with calming Woodlawn Blue HC-147 or Wickham Gray HC-171. Go for a touch of old world drama with New London Burgundy HC-61 or Cushing Green HC-125. Or beautify any space with Whipple Blue HC-152 or Hawthorne Yellow HC-4.

For exteriors, the Historical Collection is also a favorite: Consider the enduring appeal of Gloucester Sage HC-100 or the rich and deep Hale Navy HC-154.

For homeowners and designers alike, the Historical Collection offers a mainstay with perennial style.

The Beauty of Craftsmanship

A seasoned painting professional from New England, Jim Lacey’s work involves a focus on historic reproduction.

When discussing color, Jim encourages his clients to rely on Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection, citing its colors as working extremely well for both restoration and traditional painting projects.

A Vibrant Legacy

Here is just a sample of the collection; all 191 colors can be found exclusively at Benjamin Moore retailers.

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Woodlawn Blue

HC-147

Red 2000-10

Cushing Green

HC-125

Exotic Red 2086-10

Hawthorne Yellow

HC-4

Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Whipple Blue

HC-152

Dinner Party AF-300

Hale Navy

HC-154

Boston Brick 2092-30

New London

HC-61

On-Trend and Timeless

While the Historical Collection enjoys a legacy of 40+ years, it still delivers significant style currency: Knoxville Gray HC-160 is integral to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color Trends, a palette of 23 highly-influential hues hand-curated by the Benjamin Moore Color and Design team. The Historical Collection’s Guilford Green HC-116 – ‘nature’s neutral’ as we like to call it – took the trend-setting role of Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year in 2015.

With its steadfast relevance, it’s clear why the appeal – and designer demand – for the Historical Collection persists.

White Hero

“THE MUTED, SOPHISTICATED NATURE OF THIS COLLECTION HAS MADE IT A CUSTOMER FAVORITE FOR YEARS.”

Home and Heritage
The Historical Collection debuted in tandem with the 1976 American bicentennial celebration – a time of renewed interest in American history and heritage. Several buildings under the U.S. National Park Service’s purview served as inspiration.

Originally described as ‘reflecting the dignity and warmth of an era of gracious living.’ Over forty years later, we’re pleased that this characterization of the Historical Collection perseveres.

Pair with Your Choice of Product
Colors from the Historical Collection can be used in a range of Benjamin Moore paints. Explore the product that’s right for you in The Right Paint or Stain for your Project section.

—Andrea Magno

COLOR & DESIGN EXPERT

Tried and True

Benjamin Moore’s revered 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.

Design opportunities abound: Set a tranquil tone in any room with calming Woodlawn Blue HC-147 or Wickham Gray HC-171. Go for a touch of old world drama with New London Burgundy HC-61 or Cushing Green HC-125. Or beautify any space with Whipple Blue HC-152 or Hawthorne Yellow HC-4.

For exteriors, the Historical Collection is also a favorite: Consider the enduring appeal of Gloucester Sage HC-100 or the rich and deep Hale Navy HC-154.

For homeowners and designers alike, the Historical Collection offers a mainstay with perennial style.

The Beauty of Craftsmanship

A seasoned painting professional from New England, Jim Lacey’s work involves a focus on historic reproduction.

When discussing color, Jim encourages his clients to rely on Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection, citing its colors as working extremely well for both restoration and traditional painting projects.

A Vibrant Legacy

Here is just a sample of the collection; all 191 colors can be found exclusively at Benjamin Moore retailers.

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

Woodlawn Blue

HC-147

Woodlawn Blue HC-147
Whipple Blue

HC-152

Red 2000-10

Cushing Green

HC-125

Dinner Party AF-300

Hale Navy

HC-154

Exotic Red 2086-10

Hawthorne Yellow

HC-4

Boston Brick 2092-30

New London

HC-61

On-Trend and Timeless

While the Historical Collection enjoys a legacy of 40+ years, it still delivers significant style currency: Knoxville Gray HC-160 is integral to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color Trends, a palette of 23 highly-influential hues hand-curated by the Benjamin Moore Color and Design team. The Historical Collection’s Guilford Green HC-116 – ‘nature’s neutral’ as we like to call it – took the trend-setting role of Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year in 2015.

With its steadfast relevance, it’s clear why the appeal – and designer demand – for the Historical Collection persists.

White Hero

“THE MUTED, SOPHISTICATED NATURE OF THIS COLLECTION HAS MADE IT A CUSTOMER FAVORITE FOR YEARS.”

Home and Heritage
The Historical Collection debuted in tandem with the 1976 American bicentennial celebration – a time of renewed interest in American history and heritage. Several buildings under the U.S. National Park Service’s purview served as inspiration.

Originally described as ‘reflecting the dignity and warmth of an era of gracious living.’ Over forty years later, we’re pleased that this characterization of the Historical Collection perseveres.

Pair with Your Choice of Product
Colors from the Historical Collection can be used in a range of Benjamin Moore paints. Explore the product that’s right for you in The Right Paint or Stain for your Project section.

—Andrea Magno

COLOR & DESIGN EXPERT

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Frequently Asked Questions

When touching up a hole repair, why do I notice a difference, why is the color different?

Paint ages and loses sheen over time, so even within 3 months of painting, the wall is now less shiny than the touch up, meaning it will stand out more. In time the touch up will dull down and blend in a little, but the touchup must be applied lightly in order to keep the wall looking as close to uniform as possible.

Should I do two coats?

You should always do two coats for the following reasons:
-Uniform color - if you only do one coat there is no guarantee that the color will be uniform if the previous color is showing through due to improper film build.
-When doing a color change you should definitely not rely on one coat, depending on what you’re changing to, 2 coats is usually enough.

Do I need to prime?

Priming is necessary when you have new drywall/drywall mud to seal it so that it doesn’t absorb more paint than is needed. Also if doing a color change from dark to light 1 coat of primer might be recommended in order to achieve the desired color.

Why do I need to wait for the paint to dry?

The re-coat window is necessary to ensure that your 2nd coat doesn’t re-wet the first coat. Applying paint too early can just re-activate the previously applied coat of paint, meaning that you don’t get a proper two coat film build, and so it doesn’t cover as two proper coats.

How long do I wait to be able to wash my walls

Most paints require 28 days to full harden and cure, giving you maximum durability for the product. only ever wash your walls with warm soapy water, avoiding bleach or ammonia based cleaning products.