October-December 2015 Paint Colors

Paint color from the Ballard Designs catalog

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.

This holiday season we were focused on creating cozy spaces that feature all of the things we love during the holidays — glitter, glamour, rustic touches, and hints of red. To set off all of these accents we chose lots of moody grays and taupes, and a healthy dash of creamy white.

Paint color from the Ballard Designs catalog

Baltic Gray by Benjamin Moore

Baltic Gray by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

Wildwood Crest by Benjamin Moore

Wildwood Crest by Benjamin Moore

Rocky Coast by Benjamin Moore

Rocky Coast by Benjamin Moore

Rocky Coast by Benjamin Moore

Rocky Coast by Benjamin Moore

Rocky Coast by Benjamin Moore

Willow Creek by Benjamin Moore

Willow Creek by Benjamin Moore

Willow Creek by Benjamin Moore

Silver Bells by Benjamin Moore

Silver Bells by Benjamin Moore

Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore

Find our best tips on choosing paint colors, or browse paint colors from past catalogs or decorating inspiration by visiting our Pinterest boards.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.

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25 Comments

  1. Reply

    Randi

    February 19, 2017

    Love this post so much. Where might I find that white office desk? Please share, thanks!

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      February 20, 2017

      Randi,
      This is our Whitley Desk. So glad you like it!

  2. Reply

    Zeynep

    February 19, 2017

    Hi! Could you tell me where the white desk is from in the second picture where the office is in white, blue and gold combination?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      February 20, 2017

      This is our Whitley Desk. So glad you like it!

  3. Reply

    J

    January 21, 2017

    Hi, what a great site! May I ask where the cabinet is from in #1538 please? Thanks!

  4. Reply

    Rita

    January 7, 2017

    Hi- can you tell me where to purchase the desk chair featured?

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      January 9, 2017

      Rita,
      Which desk chair? There are several in this post!

  5. Reply

    Stacey Staples

    October 14, 2016

    This is such a wonderful site. Thanks for all the good advice. I live in a 1830 federal and have a farmhouse feel to my decor. I am redoing my 12 year old daughter’s bedroom that has painted floors and I am trying to decide on floor and wall colors. She wanted a very light turquoise/aqua wall color and off-white creamy floor (BM Simply White), but I am worried about coverage and if it would be hard to keep them clean. Basically, I just want a clean, crisp feel that would be appealing to the masses. We are toying with the idea of putting the house on the market in the Spring, so I want colors that would universally be liked. Thanks for your help!!!

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    Kathleen

    July 18, 2016

    I want to repaint the inside of the house and I’m trying to find a creamy white or a very subtle soft gray tying to achieve a French county feel with blue, yellow and red accents. Any suggestions?

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    Jennifer Simms

    November 20, 2015

    I love the wall treatment on page 76. Is that a paint effect or wallpaper? Thanks for your help!

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 23, 2015

      Jennifer,
      That’s a faux-plaster finish. We don’t have any information about the colors used. So sorry!

  8. Reply

    Annie Murphy

    November 13, 2015

    Hello,
    Enjoy seeing how rooms are put together with wall color. Have you considered listing the products shown in each photo, along with fabric selections? Would be a helpful shopping tool!

    • Caroline McDonald
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      Caroline McDonald

      November 15, 2016

      Annie,
      Yes, this is a great idea. We’ve been doing this very thing in our “Get the Look” series.
      Thanks for the suggestion!

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    christine luhrs

    October 21, 2015

    I would love to know the paint color and brand shown in the Suzanne Kasler room in the holiday catalog. It is a soft gray. on pg. 13

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 21, 2015

      It’s Benjamin Moore’s Cement Gray #2112.

  10. Reply

    scarlett bassett

    October 19, 2015

    I would like to see the rug in #1467

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    scarlett bassett

    October 19, 2015

    I would like to see the rug in picture #1467

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      November 5, 2015

      Scarlett,
      I’m not sure which rug you’re referring to as there are two rooms with the paint color #1467, but you’re either looking for the Highclere Rug or the Bermuda Rug in Mocha.
      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Tricia

    September 30, 2015

    This site is fabulous ! Thanks so much for the inspiration from the catalog (and the great products 🙂 and then the details you provide on this site about paint colors used. I am trying to track down the deep blue wall color on page 20 of the Oct 2015 catalog that features product E1 (piedmont lantern). I would be delighted if you are able to share the shade used. Thx !

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 1, 2015

      Tricia,
      No problem! So glad you love visiting How to Decorate! The wall color is Bachelor Blue #1629 by Benjamin Moore.

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    Jeannette

    September 27, 2015

    I love your ideas. I have a split foyer and never know what to do to fill up the large walls. one set of stairs go up to a living room, the other leads to the family room. Any idea what to do with the large walls. Our tastes lead to traditional with a few eclectic items
    Thanks for your help
    Jeannette
    PS Why not do a spread on split foyer homes.

    • How to Decorate Team
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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 28, 2015

      Hi Jeanette,
      We have two ideas. First consider hanging a gallery wall of family photos on one of the walls. We love the look of all matching black frames, or perhaps print off your family photos in black and white to unite them all. Another option would be to wallpaper the foyer. This will give the entire space texture and interest, and you won’t need as much art. If you’re nervous about wallpapering or don’t want too much pattern, consider a grasscloth wallpaper. It has a gorgeous texture and sheen to it that would really warm up your foyer, not to mention bounce light around the space.
      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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