January-February 2013 Paint Colors


Providing the paint colors used in Ballard Designs catalogs can be difficult, because we constantly shoot at actual homes that have been painted by their owners. However, our team of stylists has chosen paint colors that are as close to the actual wall colors as we could find. These colors will blend with our furniture, accessories and fabric.

As with any paint, various light conditions can affect how the color will look in your environment. We recommend purchasing a small paint sample. Paint a large square, let it dry and look at it in both the day and at night (paint color changes as light changes). This method is inexpensive and will save you from making a much bigger and more expensive mistake. Also note that printed colors will not match paint chips exactly, so always try a sample on your wall before you start your project. For simplicity, we use Benjamin Moore paint matches. Most paint stores are happy to match any color that you bring them.

We hope that you enjoy reviewing the colors chosen. We think the colors will give you a great background for your Ballard Look.










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  1. Danny February 21, 2015 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    What other wall colors compliment Scenic Drive #697?

  2. Stephanie Hron April 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Would it be possible to get the wall paint color from ” summer favorites 2014″
    Page 66? It is a warm beige but does not look like it has a lot of yellow in it! I really love this color and the entire room!
    Thanks so much

    • Caroline @ How to Decorate May 20, 2014 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Hi Stephanie,

      Is the room you’re thinking of a bedroom with accents of lavender? If so, we recommend trying Benjamin Moore’s Timid White (#OC-39). Just be sure to test out the color in your space by painting swatches on the wall before you make your decision. Some paint colors look different in different spaces!

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

  3. Robin Nickles January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Can you tell me the paint color of the wall and fireplace on the cover of your Holiday Decor 2013 catalogue? Thank you so much!

  4. Kimberly July 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    I would like to know the blue paint color on Page 38. I think it was in the Jan-Feb issue. Please help!

    • Miriam
      Miriam July 9, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Kimberly: Try Scenic Drive #697 by Benjamin Moore … but be sure to test a spot first since the catalog printing can affect how the paint color looks. Style Studio Team

  5. Lisa April 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Can you please tell me the color of the paint on pages 80-81 in the February, fall in love with color catalog?

    • Jane April 18, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

      The wall color is called Scenic Drive #697 from Benjamin Moore.
      The Style Studio Team

  6. Janet March 12, 2013 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I didn’t see where Niki was answered as to what paint color on Page 4-5 is. Did I overlook that?

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