Color of the Year: White – Really!

November 4, 2015

Some people are calling it a genius choice, others are scoffing at Benjamin Moore’s selection of “Simply White” as Color of the Year 2016. White? Really? I say...

Some people are calling it a genius choice, others are scoffing at Benjamin Moore’s selection of “Simply White” as Color of the Year 2016. White? Really? I say yes!Photo Courtesy of benjaminmoore.com

White is a bold, back-to-basics option that I call cleansing, quieting and versatile. It’s the equivalent of a terrific white “boyfriend” shirt - I should know, I own 7 of them and can’t live without them!  Dress it up, dress it down, add color and accessories and it works for any occasion.

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I’m not crazy about all white,  it can be very crisp and elegant, but it’s a bit sterile for me.

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But after Benjamin Moore’s choice last year of that horrible Guilford Green (below) - ugh! -  I’m ready for something easy on the eyes. Simple.

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Actually, Ben Moore has been on a streak of somewhat saturated colors: Before that yucky green it was Breath of Fresh Air blue in 2014….

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...and in 2013 it was Lemon Sorbet.

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So I’m welcoming Simply White with open arms but a realistic point of view – If you have kids and pets limit the white to walls and accent pieces, not carpeting and upholstery. If you have a mostly kid-free zone – go for it!

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