Benjamin Moore Black Tar 2126-10 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Black Tar paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful 2126-10. Find out if this gorgeous cold grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Black Tar 2126-10
Color code:2126-10
Color name:Black Tar
Brand:Benjamin Moore

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What are Benjamin Moore Black Tar undertones?

Blue is Benjamin Moore Black Tar undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

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RGB code:

56, 57, 58

Is Benjamin Moore Black Tar 2126-10 cool or warm?

warm colors
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cool colors

With a hue of 210° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

2126-10 Black Tar HSL code: 210, 2%, 22%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Cool Grey shades make a room feel sleek, fresh and modern
  • Cooler hues have a calm and relaxation effect
  • Cool Grey undertones make small spaces feel more open and expansive
  • Cool paint hue are ideal for bedroom or bathroom. Be careful with deep blues and greens in bathroom, which will reflect on your skin.

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Benjamin Moore Black Tar:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Benjamin Moore 2126-10 Black Tar

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Black Tar 2126-10 vs Midnight 2131-20

Can't decide between these two shades for your project? We break down the differences to assist you in making the right choice.

Benjamin Moore Black Tar 2126-10 vs Benjamin Moore Midnight 2131-20Open Black Tar 2126-10
LRV: 5.65%
Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 6.2%
Dark color
Temperature: cold

Black Tar 2126-10 vs Black Ink 2127-20

Trying to find ideal shade for your next project? Let's help you make the best decision for your design goals.

Benjamin Moore Black Tar 2126-10 vs Benjamin Moore Black Ink 2127-20Open Black Tar 2126-10
LRV: 5.65%
Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 5.81%
Dark color
Temperature: cold

LRV of Black Tar

Black Tar 2126-10 has an LRV of 5.65% and refers to Dark colors which means that this color almost does not reflect light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 5.65% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

Color codes

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HEX#38393Acopy color code
RGB Decimal56, 57, 58copy color code
RGB Percent21.96%, 22.35%, 22.75%copy color code
HSVHue: 210° Saturation: 3.45% Value: 22.75%copy color code
HSLhsl(210, 2, 22)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 3.45 Magenta: 1.72 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 77.25copy color code
YIQY: 56.815 I: -0.917 Q: 0.1copy color code
XYZX: 3.858 Y: 4.072 Z: 4.585copy color code
CIE LabL:23.91 a:-0.196 b:-0.77copy color code
CIE LuvL:23.91 u:-0.551 v:-0.81copy color code
Decimal3684666copy color code
Hunter lab20.18, -1.195, 0.656copy color code
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