August-September 2012 Paint Colors

Providing the paint colors used in Ballard Designs catalogs can be difficult, because we constantly shoot at actual homes that have been painted by their owners. However, our team of stylists has chosen paint colors that are as close to the actual wall colors as we could find. These colors will blend with our furniture, accessories and fabric.

As with any paint, various light conditions can affect how the color will look in your environment. We recommend purchasing a small paint sample. Paint a large square, let it dry and look at it in both the day and at night (paint color changes as light changes). This method is inexpensive and will save you from making a much bigger and more expensive mistake. Also note that printed colors will not match paint chips exactly, so always try a sample on your wall before you start your project. For simplicity, we use Benjamin Moore paint matches. Most paint stores are happy to match any color that you bring them.

We hope that you enjoy reviewing the colors chosen. We think the colors will give you a great background for your Ballard Look.




Crocus #1401

Browse more paint color ideas from our catalogs, or find paint color inspiration on our Pinterest boards.

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    June 18, 2015

    My home was built in 1955,it’s a story and a half, to say the least the rooms are very small. How should I choose a color? My taste is French country.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi Kim,
      Paint colors can be tricky. We’d be happy to make some suggestions though! Simply complete this form (don’t forget to include photos and measurements!), and our design team will contact you with a plan and next steps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    January 14, 2014

    Painters are headed my way soon! Can you tell me the paint color on pages 70-71 from the Sept 2012 catalog! Love!

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      How to Decorate Team

      January 14, 2014

      Try Benjamin Moore #HC143 Wythe Blue. As always, we recommend that you paint a large square on your wall before you make a decision.

      Happy Decorating!
      The How To Decorate Team

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    sue minch

    August 10, 2013

    I would love to know the paint for for the Lyon living room. Shown in catalog dated Late Fall 2012.

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      August 13, 2013

      Sue: Try Sherwin Williams Universal Khaki SW6150. Remember to paint a test on your wall first since the catalog printing can sometimes affect how a paint color appears. Style Studio Team

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    June 1, 2013

    What is the color that was used on page 29 of the June 2013 catalog? Thank you.

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      June 3, 2013

      Try Seaspray #941 by Benjamin Moore. We suggest you paint a sample first since the catalog printing can sometimes affect the way a colors looks. – Style Studio Team

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    February 6, 2013

    Please provide the paint color for the color featured on the cover of the early spring 2013 catalog. The one with the yellow chair.

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      February 7, 2013

      That is Benjamin Moore 1545 Iron Gate.

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      February 12, 2013

      The color is Iron Gate #1545 by Benjamin Moore.