March-April 2013 Paint Colors

March-April 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 uses Sherwin Williams paint matches below. 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.


March-April 2013 Paint Colors


March-April 2013 Paint Colors

Browse more paint color ideas from our catalogs, or find paint color inspiration on our Pinterest boards.

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    September 7, 2015

    I painted my formal living room Benjamin Moore’s Tyler Taupe and the adjoining hallway Benjamin Moore’s Oat Straw. I go back and forth trying to decide if this color makes the living room look too dark. It’s a very deep mustard color. What other color would work well with Oat Straw and brighten the living room? There are two French doors facing westward so the room is dimly lit throughout the day. My furniture and rug colors are chocolate brown, lime green, reddish burgundy, with caramel-colored accents in several of the fabrics and gold, black and mahogany wood furniture. The rug has a large floral print with all these colors including a lighter greenish gray, too. The walls are two-story high with deep crown molding at the top and bottom. I am open to bold shades and taking design risks. My house is a classic, graceful Southern home. I want to use a color that will update the palette of my current colors.Thanks for your help!

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      September 11, 2015

      We know how tricky it can be to pick our coordinating paint colors! Benjamin Moore has a great tool on their website that shows other coordinating paint colors that can be super helpful. If you look at Oat Straw, they recommend a color called Rock Candy #937 that we think would be a great neutral to pair with Oat Straw and also brighten your living room like you want. It also has a touch a green in it that we think will coordinate with the gray-green in your rug. But as always, be sure to test large swatches on your wall before deciding on a color.
      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    July 18, 2013

    What is a good wall color to use with the Ballard burlap panel window treatments? I am trying to redecorate using neutrals (drop cloth slipcovers, burlap panels, hardwood floors) and I am struggling with the best wall color to go with my furnishings. Also, the beige vs greige war is confusing me. Decisions, decisions. . .

    • Miriam Leuthold


      July 19, 2013

      Sheila: For a medium tone, we recommend Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige # 6106. In the Sherwin Williams paint chips, going a shade lighter or darker will still work beautifully but it depends on your desired final results. Whichever shade you select, remember to first paint a test area on the wall so you can see how the color works within your space. Style Studio Team

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    Lori Larkin

    June 15, 2013

    Can you tell me the paint color used on page 75 of the Summer favorites 2013 catalog?

    • Miriam Leuthold


      June 17, 2013

      Lori: Sherwin Williams-Waterscape SW6470. Be sure to paint a test spot first because the catalog printing sometimes changes the way a paint color looks. Style Studio Team

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    May 13, 2013

    I’m looking for the paint color for the Casa Florentina bed in the distressed gray over white. Do you know what Benjamin Moore color would be a good match?

    • Miriam Leuthold


      May 16, 2013

      A similar color is a paint by Sherwin Williams called Balanced Beige – SW 7037. Even though this is a beautiful substitution, keep in mind it won’t be the exact color since the Casa Florentina finishes are hand applied, by artisans, one layer at a time. The Style Studio Team