HC-81 Manchester Tan Colorography 1.0

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2 thoughts on “HC-81 Manchester Tan Colorography 1.0”

  1. Matthew Giordano

    Long shot here but wondering if there is a Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams color than falls between Manchester Tan and BM Muslin in the colorgraph wheel.
    We have a large home, open concept with cathedral ceilings, mostly low/little natural light and have been sampling both colors. Muslin continues to look a bit pinkish to me. Wife feels Manchester Tan looks green. What color will meet in the middle?

  2. Hi Matthew,

    I really, really do not like to get into paint color formulas because once you go down that rabbit hole, it can be a major time suck and waste a lot of money. I much prefer to use color notations to navigate to the “perfect color” instead of playing the colorant guessing game.

    However. . . Manchester Tan has yellow oxide and a lil shot of black. That’s where the edge of green your wife is detecting is coming from. Whenever a color from the yellow hue family has black in the formula, there’s a chance of strong green-yellow overtones; especially if the other colorants are shot short. Even a tiny shortage of other colorants in the mix can allow the black to dominate. This is one reason why some people see so much green in Manchester Tan while other’s will argue “it’s just a nice NEUTRAL tan” color.

    What you can do is ask the Benjamin Moore folks to make a sample quart of Manchester Tan without the black colorant. An experienced colorist can do that, no problem; they will probably substitute the black with an umber. I believe you will get a color that reads between Muslin and Manchester Tan.

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