October – December 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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    September 18, 2014

    Hi, I am trying to find the paint color for the dining room on page 88 of October 2013 catalog. Please help ~ I am in love with that green! Thank you!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 19, 2014

      Hi Janis,

      Thanks for your comment. The color is Benjamin Moore’s Peale Green #HC-121. Hope that helps!

      The How to Decorate Team

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    November 2, 2013

    What is the paint color you used on walls on page 11. The bedroom with the sunburst mirrors. I’m decorating a home with a pale butter great room that we cannot change right now. There is a den we’d like to paint but the ceiling is low in there and the dark salmon they have on there right now darkens and shrinks it. I would like a color that compliments the butter as the room is open and will be visible from great room. Will color on this page work?

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    October 30, 2013

    Tidewater makes a great color for a renovated garage now pantry. It is soothing and gets away from the dreadful garage beige that contractors use.

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    October 11, 2013

    I tried to find your TIP: to create your own gallery wall; but, unfortunately, I was unable to find it on your website. I do not do twitter or facebook. Can you help? I have a wall in our family room that I would like to hang pictures ‘gallery style’.

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      October 14, 2013

      Dianne: Try going to our “Learn” section – then click onto How To. In the search section on the top of the page – write in “Hot To Hang Wall Art. This should bring you to four articles on hanging wall art.

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    October 9, 2013

    can you please tell me the paint color on page 8 (bedroom, light blue) and page 71 (utility/laundry room, gray) of this October catalog (with DISCOVER written on the front) please! Thank you!!