January-February 2016 Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore's Sugarcane Pink from 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.

Benjamin Moore's Sugarcane Pink from Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Sugarcane Pink from Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Sugarcane Pink from Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Clinton Brown from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Cement Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Cement Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Cement Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's Brewster Gray from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

Benjamin Moore's White Dove from the Ballard Designs catalog

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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.

16 Comments

  1. Naomi March 1, 2016 at 12:18 pm - Reply
     

    I love all the art work on the walls in these pictures. Where can I find this great selection? Naomi

  2. Lisa February 22, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply
     

    is the pink on the walls actually the Benjamin Moore Sugarcane or is this one of the swatches that matched closely? i love the pink and the accessories with the serengeti print! also are the walls actually Benjamin Moore Clinton Brown?

    • Caroline @ How to Decorate February 23, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply
       

      Lisa,

      Both Sugarcane and Clinton Brown are the exact color used in the room with these items, but we do still recommend you paint swatches in your own space first. Sugarcane is a clear, light pink without much gray in it, but depending on your room, it may come out darker or muddier. The same goes for Clinton Brown.

      Best of luck!

  3. Angela February 14, 2016 at 9:16 pm - Reply
     

    I like the Brewster Gray color for my dining room, but in many of the pictures there seems to be a bit of a blue hue in the color. Is that based on the accessories added to the room, or does that have a blue tone? Some of the pics make the paint look more gray. I’m trying to find a true gray. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Caroline @ How to Decorate February 16, 2016 at 9:12 am - Reply
       

      Angela,
      Brewster Gray definitely has a blueish tint to it. If you’re looking for a true gray, we don’t suggest this one. Maybe try something like Benjamin Moore’s Silver Lake?

  4. Christy February 12, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply
     

    Hello! I love the way White Dove looks in the pictures in the catalog. I’ve made so many costly painting mistakes. And the thing is, I’ve purchased so many samples of paint, have fan decks, ordered larger paint chips from SW & BM, used poster board, etc. This is my issue: I want to paint the same neutral, classic color throughout my house. My house is a colonial with a huge 2 story entry that faces the north (the DR & LR do too), and a wall that is shared & connects to the back of the house which has a 2 story family room facing the south. There are lots of windows, so plenty of natural light, and there is a “bridge” walkway on the 2nd flr that overlooks the entry way & family room. I typically like the paint in the family room, because it turns out warm, but anything I paint in the front of the house turns either fleshy, peachy, pink, and the grays I tried look either lilac, blue, etc. I have to paint the same color in the front entry, as in the back family room because they share a wall – and am fine with even a beige, tan, etc. But would White Dove be appropriate throughout the house? Can you describe the color to me – i.e. undertone, feeling, etc. How does it look in rooms facing the north? I have Mullican Wire-Brushed Hickory Champagne floors throughout (they have a orangish undertone). I never thought of White Dove for walls (only for trim). I will purchase a sample to try, but would love your professional opinion too. Thank You

    • Caroline @ How to Decorate June 29, 2016 at 9:48 am - Reply
       

      Christy,
      Paint is so tricky. One color can look vastly different from room to room. White Dove is usually a warmer white but still white. Not a lot of undertones. However, our best suggestion would just be to pick 3-4 whites that you like, BM White Dove, Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, and maybe another two. Then paint a swatch on each wall in each room. That way you can get a feel for how it will look from space to space. Also, if you are going to paint the whole color throughout the house, which sounds like a great idea, you may need to accept the fact, that the color may not look the same in each room. That’s ok!
      Best of luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

  5. Kim January 23, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply
     

    I’ve been toying with the idea of using pink in a room. It really amazes me how lovely the pink shows up in the photos when the swatch looks quite light. Brilliant.

  6. Christie January 20, 2016 at 12:10 pm - Reply
     

    Is the paint color on page 94 White Dove or something else?

  7. Phyllis Spencer January 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm - Reply
     

    Great photos of good decorating ideas. Thanks!!

  8. Saundra January 16, 2016 at 11:45 am - Reply
     

    Your paint samples are great and the decorating is exquisite! Really brings out the color on the walls. Loved it.

  9. emily January 16, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply
     

    Love the helpful paint colors with different styles ! thanks …keep it going!

  10. Kacie December 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm - Reply
     

    Can you please let me know the paint color used on pages 32-35? Thanks!

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