The Paint Colors in My Home

Somewhere along the way, I became obsessed with color.  I haven’t been able to place my finger on exactly when it happened, but it’s almost like a switch in my brain got flipped and then the breaker short circuited.  In a world of neutral, non-offensive color combinations, I find a little risk taking in my color choices thrilling. Finding the best paint colors for a room is like a treasure hunt to me.

I am frequently asked for the specific names of the colors I’ve used in my home, so I’ve put together this listing of my color choices.  I’m working through my blah blah builder’s beige home a room at a time, so I will link this page in my sidebar and update it as I complete each room.  I’ve also included links to the projects I’ve written about in each room.


Master Bedroom

Paint Colors in My Home - Master Bedroom | Makely School for Girls Chevron Striped Master Bedroom
Dark Granite by Behr
Powdered Snow by Behr
Decisive Yellow by Sherwin-Williams

Projects from this room:



Paint Colors in My Home - Office | Makely School for GirlsHerringbone Wood Paneled Home Office
Blue Blazes by Glidden
Lindsay White*

Projects from this room:



Paint Colors in My Home - Playroom | Makely School for GirlsVintage Inspired Playroom
Peacock Blue by Glidden
Lindsay White*

Projects from this room:


Powder Room

Paint Colors in My Home - Powder Room | Makely School for Girls Modern Vintage Powder Room
English Channel by Behr
Smoked Turquoise by Glidden
Seal Gray by Glidden

Projects from this room:


Dining Room

The Paint Colors in my Home - Dining Room | Makely School for Girls Turquoise Dining Room
Smoked Turquoise by Glidden
Lindsay White*

Projects from this room:



Paint Colors in My Home - Girl Nursery | Makely School for Girls Serene Baby Girl’s Nursery
Dover White by Sherwin-Williams
Wool Skein by Sherwin-Williams

Projects from this room:

* Lindsay White is my own made up formulation of the brightest, clearest white ever. I grab 1 gallon of Glidden white base paint off the shelf at Home Depot and ask the paint counter folks to add in 1 oz of white pigment.


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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. So I have to admit, when you said you love to paint with color, I thought it wouldn’t be for me…but your color choices and the way you use them are totally for me! I love all of them! Now I just need you to come paint my house….

  2. Love all these colors! It’s quite similar to our home colors.. which I get a lot of weird looks for when I say it’s blue, purple, gray, then end. Nothing like adding color in a neutral world, right? I think we could be design twins. :D

  3. This is such a great paint tour coupled with projects from each room. I feel the need to update my paint post:

  4. I love the stenciled wall on the bathroom. My favorite color is red, so my old house was decorated in Chinese red, cream, and black. In my new house, the walls are painted light olive and khaki and I have dark blonde hardwood floors. The red, black and cream still fits in…but not nearly as comfortably. The rest of my family would prefer to live in your blue house!

  5. I’m one of those people who decorates with neutrals and “safe” colors only– very muted! It’s amazing to me that just scanning through the thumbnails, I love the rooms with bold color much more than the nursery. I think reading your blog is inspiring me! Now if I could only be brave enough to actually USE a bolder color….

    • Music to my ears! You can do it!

      For what it’s worth, I’m so ready to change the nursery over from a baby room to her “big girl” room. I’ll probably leave the wall paint the same, but look for bright furniture. I’ve been dreaming of a green antique 4 poster bed to go in there.

  6. I have a question, I see you use your “Lindsay white” on walls and ceilings, do you change the type of paint? Eggshell or flat?

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