Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan Paint Review

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan – a great neutral paint color to consider this year.

I’m excited to share with you everything you need to know about this beautiful, neutral tan color.

Vermont condo painted in Manchester Tan by Benjamin MooreWalls of our old Vermont condo painted in Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan

I’m so glad so many of you are finding this post on how to pick the best ceiling paint so helpful!

Within this post I briefly mentioned our condo in Vermont, which we recently sold.

Not only did this jog my memory of the pretty paint colors we used here, but I suddenly felt a bit sentimental about this home.

This was the first remodel project we took on mostly by ourselves and it’s actually the origin of this whole blog!

So, not only am I happy to discuss this great looking beige paint color, but this post is also a swan song to this condo which served us so well for many years!

Ski condo painted on Manchester Tan by Benjamin MooreLiving Room / Family room painted in Manchester Tan.

Since we painted SO many walls with Manchester Tan here, I figured a full post on this color would be a great idea!

Manchester Tan is a warm, beige with a great depth of color.

In the interior design world this is considered to be a neutral paint color.

As you can see in the shot of our open plan living room above, this color looks great in natural light.

HC-81 Manchester Tan is part of the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection

It sounds a bit silly, but since this condo was just outside Manchester, Vermont I decided to give this sample a try based on the name alone!

With all the natural wood elements and stone accent walls in this space, the Historical Collection colors turned out to make a lot of sense for this project.

If you’re looking for a warm, neutral beige wall color, this Benjamin Moore paint could be the one.

finished basement painted with Manchester Tan by Benjamin MooreWe gave the condo’s basement a fresh look by painting the walls and trim all the same color.

Manchester Tan in natural light vs. artificial light

As you can see from my photos, this color looks different in natural light and artificial light.

With samples on the walls, and after careful consideration, we decided we loved how it looked in both types of light.

We also considered both Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige and Sherwin William’s Kilim Beige for this project.

We obviously chose Manchester Tan because it looks just a bit warmer and it made the whole space look inviting without any significant difference in the day to night lighting.

I also liked how it complimented the stone fireplace and the natural wood panels in this space.

I think it’s a great neutral paint which will work in so many different rooms.

Family rooms and living rooms are two spaces which I know look great in this color.

wood panels in dining room

I’ve been asked if this has a green undertone?

Honestly? I don’t know.

I don’t bother with this type of analysis because I’m not a “color expert” in this sense.

So, I just literally go with my gut and what I think looks good.

Truthfully, most of the time, when people talk about undertones, I think it has more to do with colors of things in the actual room, itself.

Floor color, southern vs. northern light, there’s so many variables which can have a big impact on the way a paint color is perceived.

Elephants Breath by Farrow and Ball on hutch and cabinets in kitchenThe hutch and kitchen cabinets here are Elephants Breath by Farrow and Ball.


Ultimately you need to love the paint colors you choose for your walls.

Which is why I can’t recommend trying it out as a sample in your home first.

Because, as you can see from my photos above – even the surrounding light from one room to another can differ.

This change in light will dramatically alter the look of any paint color.

Live with a few samples for a few days before making your final decision.

Always be sure to test the color in natural and artificial light too!

Samplize Paint Samples

Also, another great way to test out a paint color is to get these large self sticking paint samples.

Doesn’t this sound so clever?

No messy paint cans to deal with before you commit! Win/win!

If you’re at all curious, you can find them here and try it out as a sample in your home first!

samplize Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan paint swatch stickerSamplize paint swatch of BM Manchester Tan

Hopefully, you found this post helpful.

If you do end up using Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan in your home, let me know!

Even better, send me a photo – I’d love to see it.

If you’d like, you can always see more of our current home here.

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

paint sample of Manchester Tan by Benjamin MooreBenjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Which reminds me… I’ve already answered a popular inquiry on the best white paint colors to use for trim and baseboards, (just in case your wondering:)

I also wrote a similar paint color review on another favorite neutral paint color – Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory.

Additional Paint Color Inspiration:

If you’re looking for even more gray and greige paint color inspiration and home design ideas, be sure to check out these other posts by clicking on each title below-

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