March-April 2019 Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore's Peacock Feathers paint color in Ballard Designs bedroomIt’s only natural that color drives the inspiration of our new spaces each season. This Spring, much of our color inspiration came from natural elements — floral patterns, sunshine yellow, and vibrant sky blues. Because color has such a strong impact on the visceral feel of a room, we hope these happy, Spring colors bring a freshness to our spaces.

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 Peacock Feathers #724

Inspired by the French Riviera, we mixed navy, turquoise, and poppy red together to create a bold palette. Benjamin Moore’s Peacock Feathers contrasts bright red, making both shades feel more vibrant and energized.

Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Butter #290

Yellow can be a tough paint color to pull off — a shade too bright can burn your corneas but a shade too muddy feels dingy and worn out. Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Butter is the perfect in between. It’s clean enough to avoid that soured look but not so bright as to not be livable. 

Benjamin Moore’s Hazelwood #1005

Taupes are versatile wall color, and nearly everyone has some version of it in their home. Though they often get a bad rap for being boring, they work beautifully with blush pinks to calm down their sweetness. In each of these rooms, we’ve used lots of very feminine elements so that rich taupe offsets that femininity.

Benjamin Moore’s Silvery Blue  #1647

It’s hard to find a room where a light blue wall color doesn’t work — it’s easy to live with and a great complement to different color palettes. Clean, clear Silvery Blue by Benjamin Moore brings the perfect amount of personality to a space without overpowering the furnishings. 

Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Gray #1626

If you’re looking for a subtle wall color that supports your furniture choices but brings more personality to your space than a neutral, we love using a gray paint with lots of blue in it. Benjamin Moore’s Gentle Gray is just the ticket. We love it mixed with nearly every shade of blue — teal, spa, and powder blues.

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.


  1. Reply

    Phyllis Carter

    April 24, 2019

    I love your color inspiration for painting rooms. I have a north facing bedroom that get little to no light. Directly behind it is a bathroom painted SW Tame Teal. The bedroom has white furniture with a hint of gray on the top surface. Can you suggest a bedroom color that would brighten the bedroom a little and compliment the bathroom?

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      Abbey Nolte

      October 3, 2019

      Hi Phyllis,
      We have a team of interior designers who would love to help you figure out your decorating dilemma. Simply upload images of your room and your question here.