2016 Color of the Year

This is one of my favorite times of the year - paint companies start to announce their Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore is one of the first ones out the gate with the paint color... (drum roll please)... Simple White (OC-117). Benjamin Moore typically selects more neutral colors than Pantone or Sherwin Williams, last year was Guilford Green and 2014 was Breath of Fresh Air.

I'm a huge fan or an all white room; half of my house is even all white. Done right, white spaces can come off as a soft romantic Parisian-inspired retreat or as a clean and minimal Scandinavian environment. A blank canvas really sets the stage to allow the details to be in the spotlight. It's a truly chameleon color. A white-washed wall paired with wood beams and leather takes on a textured and warm feel, while white can provide a crisp border to energizing, bright hues. 

While I'm a fan, there are some people going "huh? Is that even a color?" Benjamin Moore's creative director, Ellen O’Neill, gave a great interview with Architectural Digest where they asked her the tough question: Why white? (check the interview out here). The short answer - the selection of Simple White started in Paris and ended with the pope’s unforgettable alabaster ensemble.

Here are some examples of wonderful white rooms to inspire you for 2016.

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