Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016

It’s that time of year when all the manufacturing companies are getting their dibs in what is going to be the next trend for 2016.  Benjamin Moore announced earlier this month their color of the year.

2014 was Breathe of Fresh Air.  A soft but pretty shade of blue (do I dare say baby blue?)  People were a bit surprised how to take this but eventually most people warmed up to it in time.

2015 was Guildford Green.  A very respectful and already widely used color so it was embraced without much thought.

Introducing 2016 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

So coming from Benjamin Moore where they making their living selling colors (i.e. paint) and over 3,500 colors to count, you would expect another sensational color to get us excited.  Right?

Announcing Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year ……… Simply White!  Simply What? You ask?  Is that even a color?  Last time I checked white wasn’t even a color.  It’s a neutral!!!  Did I miss the email?

Architectural Digest interviewed Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director for Benjamin Moore on how and why she picked Simply White.

Ellen O’Neill: “People these days are just so visually overloaded by the Internet that when they take a break they want a clean space. You’re resting your eyes if nothing else. How much have we already absorbed since we woke up? Blasts of this and blasts of that and Pinterest and Instagram. You want to go into a space that’s not so overly cluttered.”

So there you have it.  Simply White.  Benjamin Moore 2016 Color of the Year.

Let’s see how Simply White can look.


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White on white living room. Photo: Benjamin Moore













 Various textures in this simply white rooms creates interest to the eye.

Colorful furniture livens up this living room.

Photo: Benjamin Moore

Cabinets are Simply White.   Walls are Revere Pewter.

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Simply white Leitcht kitchen. Photo:
Simply white with accent wall. Photo: Benjamin Moore


The natural wood and wicker breaks up the white walls. Photo: Benjamin Moore
Many years ago, when I first started staging houses, whenever I came across a “white” house, I made people paint their walls a beige color because white was too stark and plain.  It seems we have come full circle.  We are now covering our beige and gray walls in favor for white.

Are you ready to paint a room Simply White?

Debi Carser is a Designer.  She renovates “fixer uppers” to flip or to rent.  She staged houses for 10 years. She has seen houses at their best and their worst. Debi passes on her knowledge to make homes a stunning retreat while at the same time helping to Add Value to their Home

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