March – April 2014 Paint Colors

Gray bedroom with canopy bed

Because we shoot in real homes, we are not always at liberty to paint the walls. In those cases, we have chosen paint colors that best match the wall color in the photo. Please be aware that color may vary due to various light conditions, finish and other factors.  Therefore, it’s always a great idea to test a paint sample on your wall first. We use Benjamin Moore paint, but most paint stores can match any color.

We’re on the heels of Spring, and this year, we were inspired by open and airy neutrals, accented by pops of color. Grays and creams were our palette du jour, but we couldn’t help sneaking a few brighter hues in our accessories.

Home office with Ballard Designs furnishings

Gray study with Ballard Designs furnishings

Gray dining room with pedestal table and white upholstered chairs

Living room with coral and blue color palette

Browse paint colors from past catalogs, or find more decorating inspiration by visiting our Pinterest boards.

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  1. Reply

    Lauren

    July 22, 2016

    I absolutely love the last photo of the living room. What are the names of the colors used and is the furniture and decorations still for sale on the website?

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    Carol

    July 11, 2016

    Love the mirrors above the dining room windows, beautiful! Where can I purchase them? Thanks!

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      Lydia Merz

      July 14, 2016

      Carol,
      We don’t sell those anymore, but we have similar ones on our website.

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    Val

    April 3, 2016

    Hi, love the dining room with the circle light fixture! Any idea where I can find a similar one? Thanks!

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    Delia G.

    March 2, 2016

    Where are the curtains from in the Galveston Gray dining room?

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    Sarah

    October 7, 2015

    I live in Australia where Benjamin Moore colours aren’t available…how can I match them? I desperately want Chelsea Grey and Galveston Grey

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Hi Sarah,
      Not sure but you could see if your local paint store can color match to Benjamin Moore colors. Here in the states, most every paint store has these colors on file. If you aren’t able to do that, I’d suggest ordering a Benjamin Moore color deck and taking that to your paint store for them to match.
      Best of luck!

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    Sabrina

    July 26, 2015

    The elegant family/living room at end of post is gorgeous. Love the colors of the furniture. What is the peachy fabric print called on the accent chair?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 27, 2015

      Sabrina,
      Thanks for your comment. We’re so happy to hear you like this fabric! Unfortunately, we no longer carry this print, but our Belize Apricot Fabric is the same color in a different pattern.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Sarah

    July 9, 2015

    Hi! I am a very happy owner of the Ballard Designs Original Home Office credenza in Dark Grey. I’d like to paint some existing shelves to match the color of the credenza. Any ideas for what color might be a close to perfect match?
    Thank you!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 13, 2015

      Hi Sarah,
      Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact paint match for our Original Home Office Collection, but we would suggest you take a drawer out of your credenza and have the paint store match the color for you!
      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Krystin

    June 11, 2015

    I am enamored with the light blue accent chairs in the final photo, can you advise which style and color those are?! Thank you!!

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    suzanne

    June 9, 2015

    need a paint color recommendation to go with the Ava Block quilt in spa. will also be using the pom pom spa bedskirt

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      July 31, 2015

      Hi Suzanne,
      We can definitely help you pick some colors that match the spa in our Ava Block print quilt! 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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    Jamie

    June 4, 2015

    I love the chair in the home office photo that is used with the desk. Is that something you sell? Thanks, Jamie

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    liz

    May 25, 2015

    Where is the orb light from? Perfect size!

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    Kyle

    February 26, 2015

    I was wondering what color white you prefer for moldings and doors. What did you use in the dining room photo above? We are having a difficult time finding the right white. Thanks!

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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Kyle,
      The white we use most often in our catalog is White Dove. It’s also a favorite among designers so we highly recommend it!

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    Darah

    February 26, 2015

    Is the desk and bookcase from the Durham line? Thanks in advance!!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 27, 2015

      They are indeed, Darah! You can see the whole collection here.

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    Alida

    February 24, 2015

    Such beautiful work! I’m particularly interested in knowing where I can find the plaques on the center wall between the windows of the dining room? Thanks!

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    Courtney

    February 11, 2015

    I love the modern/rustic wood plank and metal desk! Could you provide any more information on how/where to buy?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Courtney,
      The desk you’re wondering about is our Durham Desk.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Cynthia

    February 10, 2015

    What is the color of white that is used for the trim? Nice contrast with out being grey. Thanks

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      March 25, 2015

      Hi Cynthia,
      This is a standard white trim color.

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    Val

    February 8, 2015

    Hey I love the rug in the dining room can you tell me what brand or where I can find it?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      February 9, 2015

      Hi Val,
      Thanks for your comment. So happy to hear you love this rug! It is our Ballard Designs Simrall Rug. Hope that helps!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Patty

    January 22, 2015

    In the office – where can I find the wicker mail sorter

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Patty,
      Unfortunately those wicker wall pockets are discontinued. I’m so sorry!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Christin

    January 4, 2015

    I asked earlier where the dining table was from in the Galveston gray room but your response was cut off:) can you tell me again?

    Thank you!!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 5, 2015

      We’re so sorry about that, Christin!
      That is our Andrews Pedestal Dining Table which we sell in both a 48″ round table and a 60″ round table. In that photo, it is shown in our Whitewash finish.
      Hope that helps!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Malea

    November 1, 2014

    Hello Team!

    I would like to have my oak floors redone in my house and I am wondering what stain color your would choose if you had all golden oak furniture?

    Thanks!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2014

      Hi Malea,
      Thank you so much for your comment. Unfortunately we can’t give you an exact stain color, because it would depend on the type of wood you’re staining and also the amount of coats you’re using. We would suggest though that you test a few colors on some spare pieces of wood and compare that to the furniture pieces you’re hoping to match!
      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Susan Trevillian

    October 11, 2014

    What is the art work in the Galveston gray dining room?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      January 23, 2015

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your comment. The artwork in that space is a trio of the Coretta Wood Fragments.
      Happy Decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Christin

    October 2, 2014

    Can you tell me where the round dining table is from?

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    Andrea

    September 26, 2014

    Hey beautiful rooms… Can you tell me where to find the dining room chairs?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 29, 2014

      Hi Andrea,
      Thanks for your comment. The chairs in the dining room of this post are the Ballard Designs Capistrano Chair in Limed Oak. Hope that helps!
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Ginger

    September 19, 2014

    Oh my gosh I love those drapes in the Galveston grey room! Where can I find them???

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    Angie

    August 21, 2014

    Beautiful rooms! Any idea where I can buy the light fixture in the dining room featuring the Galveston Grey paint? Also, I love the grey, but is it too dark for a basement?

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 22, 2014

      Hi Angie,

      Thanks for your comment! The light fixture in the dining room you’re asking about is the Ballard Designs Orb Chandelier. Also, we don’t think Galveston Gray would be too dark for a basement depending on what look you’re going for. It could definitely create a moody, cozy space! We suggest painting a large swatch on your wall before making your final decision!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Kristin

    August 6, 2014

    Can you tell me who makes the dining room curtains?

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    Laurie

    August 3, 2014

    Can you tell who makes the light over the dining table

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2014

      Hi Laurie,

      Thanks for your comment. The light over the dining table in this blogpost is the Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.

      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Amy

    April 22, 2014

    hello. could you please tell me the paint color to the dinning area on page 51 of the April 2014 issue.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 20, 2014

      Hi Amy,

      We recommend trying Benjamin Moore’s Jute (#AF-80). As always we suggest painting a few swatches on your wall before making your final decision. Depending on the lighting in your room and the furnishings, paint colors can read very differently from space to space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Anne

    April 16, 2014

    Can you tell me the paint color in the Elton Living Room (on the website)? Thank you!

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 21, 2014

      Hi Anne,

      That’s a gorgeous room, great choice! Try Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine (#2140-60). As always we suggest painting a few swatches on your wall before making your final decision. Depending on the lighting in your room and the furnishings, paint colors can read very differently from space to space.

      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Esther

    April 10, 2014

    Is this bedding available – the white with ruffle?

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 11, 2014

      Hi Esther,

      Yes, this bedding is available! It’s our Hailey Ruffled Bedding.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Tamara

    April 6, 2014

    I am not sure which catalog this was in – but I was wondering if you have a match for the walls of the Leyland Living Room (from the website?) This is the exact color I am looking for! Thank you!

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 7, 2014

      Hi Tamara,

      Unfortunately we do not have an exact paint color for that living room. We suggest you take your catalog tear to your local paint store and have them match it!

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Lisa

    March 19, 2014

    I’m looking for the perfect gray for the exterior of my house. I love the Galveston Gray photo. Do you think that gray is intense enough for outside, too?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014

      Hi Lisa,
      It’s difficult to say without seeing your home, but we see no reason why Galveston Gray, which really is lovely, couldn’t be used outside. Depending on the look you’re aiming for, it most likely won’t look too intense. As always with paint color choices though, we suggest you try a few shades of gray on the exterior of your home to figure out just the right option!

      Best of luck, and happy decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    shannon

    March 19, 2014

    The cover on your March 2014 catalog is the most beautiful shade of seafoam green. There is a small picture of a dining room on it painted the same color. Any idea what color it might be?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014

      Hi Shannon,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have the name of this paint color, as it was already painted before we photographed this space. I’d suggest just taking your catalog to the paint store to have it color matched!

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team!

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    D

    March 18, 2014

    How about some colors for those of us who don’t like gray?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014

      Hi D,

      You’re right this season had a lot of gray and cream wall colors. We really love the way they support colorful fabrics and a mix of finishes. You’ll find a little bit more color in the Summer catalog!

      Thanks for your comment,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Angie

    March 18, 2014

    Great colors and very inspiring rooms. I just used the Valley Forge Tan (aka Plymouth Rock) in our guest bath remodel recently. And I love the coral and soft blue grays in that last photo. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014

      Thanks for your comment, Angie. We’re so glad you like these rooms!

      The How to Decorate Team

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