March – April 2014 Paint Colors

Gray bedroom with canopy bed

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.

We’re on the heels of Spring, and this year, we were inspired by open and airy neutrals, accented by pops of color. Grays and creams were our palette du jour, but we couldn’t help sneaking a few brighter hues in our accessories.

Home office with Ballard Designs furnishings

Gray study with Ballard Designs furnishings

Gray dining room with pedestal table and white upholstered chairs

Living room with coral and blue color palette

Browse paint colors from past catalogs, or find more decorating inspiration by visiting our Pinterest boards.

 
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70 Comments

  1. Reply

    Kristin

    August 6, 2014
     

    Can you tell me who makes the dining room curtains?

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    Laurie

    August 3, 2014
     

    Can you tell who makes the light over the dining table

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      August 4, 2014
       

      Hi Laurie,

      Thanks for your comment. The light over the dining table in this blogpost is the Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.

      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Amy

    April 22, 2014
     

    hello. could you please tell me the paint color to the dinning area on page 51 of the April 2014 issue.

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 20, 2014
       

      Hi Amy,

      We recommend trying Benjamin Moore’s Jute (#AF-80). As always we suggest painting a few swatches on your wall before making your final decision. Depending on the lighting in your room and the furnishings, paint colors can read very differently from space to space.
      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Anne

    April 16, 2014
     

    Can you tell me the paint color in the Elton Living Room (on the website)? Thank you!

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 21, 2014
       

      Hi Anne,

      That’s a gorgeous room, great choice! Try Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine (#2140-60). As always we suggest painting a few swatches on your wall before making your final decision. Depending on the lighting in your room and the furnishings, paint colors can read very differently from space to space.

      Best of luck!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Esther

    April 10, 2014
     

    Is this bedding available – the white with ruffle?

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 11, 2014
       

      Hi Esther,

      Yes, this bedding is available! It’s our Hailey Ruffled Bedding.

      Happy Decorating,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Tamara

    April 6, 2014
     

    I am not sure which catalog this was in – but I was wondering if you have a match for the walls of the Leyland Living Room (from the website?) This is the exact color I am looking for! Thank you!

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      How to Decorate Team

      April 7, 2014
       

      Hi Tamara,

      Unfortunately we do not have an exact paint color for that living room. We suggest you take your catalog tear to your local paint store and have them match it!

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Lisa

    March 19, 2014
     

    I’m looking for the perfect gray for the exterior of my house. I love the Galveston Gray photo. Do you think that gray is intense enough for outside, too?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 27, 2014
       

      Hi Lisa,
      It’s difficult to say without seeing your home, but we see no reason why Galveston Gray, which really is lovely, couldn’t be used outside. Depending on the look you’re aiming for, it most likely won’t look too intense. As always with paint color choices though, we suggest you try a few shades of gray on the exterior of your home to figure out just the right option!

      Best of luck, and happy decorating!
      The How to Decorate Team

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    shannon

    March 19, 2014
     

    The cover on your March 2014 catalog is the most beautiful shade of seafoam green. There is a small picture of a dining room on it painted the same color. Any idea what color it might be?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014
       

      Hi Shannon,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have the name of this paint color, as it was already painted before we photographed this space. I’d suggest just taking your catalog to the paint store to have it color matched!

      Best of Luck,
      The How to Decorate Team!

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    D

    March 18, 2014
     

    How about some colors for those of us who don’t like gray?

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014
       

      Hi D,

      You’re right this season had a lot of gray and cream wall colors. We really love the way they support colorful fabrics and a mix of finishes. You’ll find a little bit more color in the Summer catalog!

      Thanks for your comment,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Angie

    March 18, 2014
     

    Great colors and very inspiring rooms. I just used the Valley Forge Tan (aka Plymouth Rock) in our guest bath remodel recently. And I love the coral and soft blue grays in that last photo. Thanks for the inspiration!

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      How to Decorate Team

      March 19, 2014
       

      Thanks for your comment, Angie. We’re so glad you like these rooms!

      The How to Decorate Team

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