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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Posted on March 22, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

As far as tan and beige paint colours go, Manchester Tan has been kickin’ it longer than most. However, just because it’s FAMILIAR doesn’t mean it’s the best colour for your home, and it’s vital you do your research – so I’m glad you’re here!

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What type of paint colour is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan? Is it warm or cool?

Manchester Tan is a warm neutral paint colour. And while there are exceptions, you’ll find that many tan paint colours come across more muted and less golden warm than many typical beige paint colours, and Manchester Tan is definitely in the more muted group.

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What’s the LRV of Manchester Tan?

Manchester Tan has an LRV of 64.41, meaning it sits REALLY nicely in the light range – not too washed-out OR weighed-down.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

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Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Paint Colours with LRV

What are the undertones of Manchester Tan? Will it look yellow or green?

When it comes to the undertones of Manchester Tan, you DO have to be careful as while it’s neutral, it does harbour a very subtle green undertone (in a yellow base). To say it’s passive would be an overstatement, however, if you were to put it with products with say, a pink/red undertone, it would be hard to miss! As for yellow, Manchester Tan has some of the MORE MUTED warm neutral undertones and you’d be hard-pressed to find it looking too yellow…or too anything – it’s pretty subtle!

If you find that Manchester Tan is too, you MIGHT want to consider the more greige end of things.

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Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

What’s the best way to sample Manchester Tan?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE.

Samplize has peel & stick paint samples that are made with ACTUAL Benjamin Moore paint. They’re also more affordable and easier to use than traditional sample pots.

Read more: A Real-Life Review of SAMPLIZE

If I’m painting my walls Manchester Tan, which white paint colour is best for my trim?

When it comes to Manchester Tan and want a pretty trim colour, I’m going to check out…

I wouldn’t partner Manchester with a cold white or one that’s TOO creamy/yellow if I can help it.

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BM Manchester Tan walls, Simply White trim/doors

Read more: The 3 Best Warm White Paint Colours

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What paint colours are the same as or similar to Manchester Tan?

Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out…

The Best Beige and Tan Paint Colours

Why isn’t Manchester Tan as popular?

Oh, it’s popular, but only in certain crowds – crowds that love warm colours and lean more towards a green undertone over the typical golden approach of some beige and tan paint colours.

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Not sure if Manchester Tan is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. I think Manchester Tan would be perfect for my living room and dining room. However, I have trim and window shutters that are painted SW Alabaster and cannot be changed.
    Would Manchester Tan walls work with my Alabaster trim?


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  2. hi!! Was painting my north facing (but adequately lit ) living room accessible beige or modern gray. We have a warm white trim though. which works better in your opinion? also, the living room opens up into the dining room which is light french grey so I want them to coordinate obviously (literally drowning in paint samples!)

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