August – September 2013 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 used Benjamin Moore paint matches below. 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.




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

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    October 2, 2013

    What is the green paint color on the walls on p.94 of the October 2013 catalog? I love it for my son’s bedroom!

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    September 12, 2013

    Wanted to add – catalog is brown “Discover”. Thanks again.

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    September 12, 2013

    So inspired by all the colors in the current catalog. Can you share what colors on p16 (pic with TV cabinet), p26, p39, p64 (pic with light fixture), p66, p74, p84 and p98? I am looking for colors for family room, foyer, kitchen and hallway. Thanks so much!

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      July 7, 2014

      A minute saved is a minute earedn, and this saved hours!

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    August 23, 2013

    What is the paint color used for the living room walls on pages 84/85 of the August 2013 catalog? THX!

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      August 23, 2013

      Many times our photo shoot locations come already painted so we don’t have exact paint colors. Try Benjamin Moore Maritime White (OC-5) to recreate this room. Remember to first paint a test so you feel completely comfortable with this color in your lighting. Style Studio Team

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    August 7, 2013

    What color paint and brand is on the walls of the “Redoute Antiqued Mirror” on your sale page?

    Thank you

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      August 8, 2013

      Stacey: Try Sherwin Williams Watery SW 6478. We recommend painting a test area first so you can observe the color in your lighting. Style Studio Team

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    August 3, 2013

    Can anyone tell me the paint color used in the Britany Simon bedroom?

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      August 9, 2013

      Lisa: The fabulous color used is Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray (PM-7). We recommend first painting a sample on the wall so you can see how the color reacts to the changing light in your space. Style Studio Team

      • Lisa

        August 11, 2013

        Thanks, Miriam.