Spring 2018 Paint Colors

Navy living room in Spring 2018 paint colors from the Ballard Designs catalogWe’re always looking for design inspiration, and we know you are too. That’s why for each new season, we like to share the paint colors we used in our seasonal rooms. In this post, we’re sharing all of the colors from our Winter 2018 catalog. Because we shoot in real homes, we’re not always at liberty to paint the walls, and in those cases, we’ve 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. It’s always a great idea to test a paint sample on your wall first.

Benjamin Moore’s Lucerne, #AF-530

If you want to create a cozy space, say in a library or guest bedroom, a dark wall color is a choice. There’s something about a navy, black, or dark brown wall that just feels like it’s wrapping you in a hug. We chose Lucerne by Benjamin Moore because it has a little bit of gray in it, so it feels soothing, while still packing a dramatic punch.

Benjamin Moore's Bunny Gray paint color in living room from Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore’s Bunny Gray, #2124-50

Sometimes you want a little bit of pigment on the wall, but you want it to feel soft and not compete with the other colors in your decor. We love using gray in those cases, and because we were accenting with navy, we chose Bunny Gray which has a touch of blue in it.

Benjamin Moore's Alabaster paint color in entryway of Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster, #876

In cooler months, we’re just dying to warm everything up. We open the blinds to let in natural light, inject the space with plants and flowers, and we chose a white paint color with a touch of yellow to it. The creaminess of Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster makes each room feel like it’s flooded with sunlight, exactly what we’re looking for as the weather warms.

Sherwin Williams' Gecko Green paint color in Ballard Designs catalog

Sherwin Williams’ Gecko Green, #SW 6719

We just could not get enough green this season. In solid linens, outdoor fabrics, and in floral prints, we were thrilled to splash rooms with a greenery and color. On the walls, Sherwin Williams’ Gecko Green feels lively, unexpected, and offers a great backdrop for neutral pieces.

Benjamin Moore's Exotic Pink paint color in Ballard Designs catalogBenjamin Moore’s Exotic Pink, #2003-60

When designer Bunny Williams wanted to paint the walls of her dining room pink, we were instantly on board. It’s a bold backdrop for her botanical prints and casts a flattering light to guests at the dinner table. 

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 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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    Lindsey king

    April 21, 2019


    The picture for alabaster with the greenish hutch with the black mirror window frame thing over it could I find out what color the hutch is? I can’t find that information.

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    April 11, 2018

    Is alabaster on the trim as well with a different sheen? Or is that another shade of white?

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 21, 2018

      I’m so sorry but I don’t have any information about the trim color or sheen. This is a real home that we used to shoot in, and the trim was already painted!

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    Julia Whittaker

    March 18, 2018

    Am looking for a bright colored tropical area rug with corals and turquoise.

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 21, 2018

      What about either our Glynne Rug or our Mayla Rug? Both of these would work with a tropical look!
      Happy decorating,

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    March 13, 2018

    Ballard Designs always great!