Summer 2018 Paint Colors from our Catalog

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray paint color in 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 Summer 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.

Sherwin Williams' Pearly White paint color in Ballard Designs catalog

Pearly White #SW7009, Sherwin Williams

If you’re looking for a white but worried about a room feeling yellowed, we suggest Sherwin Williams’ Pearly White. It has a little bit of yellow but gray too so it’s not too cold and not too warm. It’s like the Goldilocks of white!

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray paint color in Ballard Designs catalog

Colonnade Gray #SW7641, Sherwin Williams

Grays make a serene paint color in rooms that get lots of natural light, and we love Sherwin Williams’ Colonnade Gray because it reads as a true gray but because it’s got a touch of warmth, it never feels cold. Mix it with blues, warm woods, and even other grays.

Benjamin Moore's White Dove paint color in Ballard Designs catalog

White Dove #OC-17, Benjamin Moore

Seeing as it’s Suzanne Kasler’s favorite white, you can bet that she used it as the backdrop for her new Southport Dining Collection. This warm white looks great with both crisp whites and natural textures like rattan. In our Southport Bedroom and Messina dining room, we added in touches of black for contrast and drama.

Benjamin Moore's Stone Hearth paint color in Ballard designs catalog

Stone Hearth#984, Benjamin Moore

To play of the oranges and taupes in these rooms, we wanted a paint color with more body than just white. Benjamin Moore’s Stone Hearth reads as taupe, but it has a touch of gray that keeps it from feeling too brown. 

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

Did you like this post and find it helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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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    August 18, 2018

    August issue — What color/name is the blue paint on page 58?

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 21, 2018

      That is Benjamin Moore’s Windy Sky #1639. So glad you liked it!

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    August 13, 2018

    Wall color on page 70 please!

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 14, 2018

      Did you want to know the paint color on page 70 of the August 2018 catalog? It’s Inner Balance by Benjamin Moore.
      Happy Decorating,

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    Tina Garry

    July 24, 2018

    Hi there,
    I am interested in finding out the color of the walls on pages 38-39 of the July 2018 catalog. I do not see it listed in any of the months I looked up.
    Thank you.

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      Caroline McDonald

      July 30, 2018

      Tina, this color is Benjamin Moore’s Spring Mint #2040-70!

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    June 29, 2018

    Just found your site & FB page, love your designs. Looked over your ‘how to’ section but didn’t see anything on how/where to paint an accent wall. I.e., bathroom, do I paint the wall that has the sink & mirror or the wall opposite that is just a blank wall with the towel bar. Am so confused, so I do nothing. OR not even have an accent wall. Any ideas/opinions would be appreciated.

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      Caroline McDonald

      August 21, 2018

      You’re right, we don’t have a How To about painting an accent wall, but I’m sure there are great painting tutorials out there that could help you. Is there a reason you want to paint an accent wall rather than painting the whole room? You’ll get a lot more drama from painting the whole room, and a bathroom is the perfect place to have fun with a bold color. Another great option would be to wallpaper your bathroom. We love wallpapering bathrooms because they give small spaces tons of personality!
      Good luck and happy decorating,

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    May 13, 2018

    Would be great if you could include the exterior paint colors too. Am particularly interested in the painted brick colors on pages 66, 67 and 74 of the summer catalogue.


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      Caroline McDonald

      May 14, 2018

      Sadly, we don’t know any of the exterior paint colors where we shoot! I’m so sorry. I could try to color match them for you, but you’d probably have better luck having the paint store help you figure it out. Or at least point you in the right direction! The guys at the paint store are so knowledgable and will give you far better suggestions than I will. Exterior paint colors can be tricky!
      Best of luck,

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    Kathleen Kelly

    May 2, 2018

    I loved this story on pinks. I know that I’m not the only one with a picture in their mind from a long ago time in their life when they felt that excitement within after seeing a beautifully decorated room that matched their idea of a fairy tale. Moving from the Shores of New England to Palm Beach as an adolescent was beyond culture shock. That must be why I’ve always loved pinks, especially in rooms decorated in what’s described as “Palm Beach Regency” which includes the bright tropical flower & leaves prints, stark white-framed furniture with garnishes of brilliant gold accessory pieces! This story has piqued my interest, and although I don’t recall rooms decorated in the above manner described, it seems to me that Ballard’s carries many of the essential ingredients to make this happen….Perhaps it’s time for me to ask for the assistance of one of Ballard’s professional decorators!