Historical Collection

A white wood mantel features five decorative plates of varying sizes in neutral tones horizontally placed against a blue wall; a small antique painting hangs above. A white wood mantel features five decorative plates of varying sizes in neutral tones horizontally placed against a blue wall; a small antique painting hangs above.

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.
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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.

In this video, Jim uses colors from the Historical Collection, including Crown Point Sand HC-90 for the mantel.

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.

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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.

This light-flooded entryway features two tapered candles and a potted flower on top of a weathered antique table set against a deep, plum-colored wall.

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.

Ideas & Inspiration

Spark your creativity with a range of design and color ideas for your home.

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