{benjamin moore 2016 color of the year: simply white}


Sometimes, Benjamin Moore goes with a “lighter  touch” in its annual Color Trend Forecast. Like last year, when Guilford Green was the 2015 Color of the Year.  Or 2014, when they went with a light blue, Breath of Fresh Air. But this year, it’s simply white. Or “Simply White OC – 117” to be exact.

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Walls: Simply White OC – 117 Aura Matte | Trim: Simply White OC – 117 ADVANCE Semi-Gloss

“We try and infuse color theory and color appreciation into the trend book every year,” says Benjamin Moore creative director Ellen O’Neill. “We thought white is the silent hero here. Why not white.”

Front Wall: Paper White OC - 55 | Back Wall: Ballet White OC - 09 | Trim: Simply White Oc - 117

Front Wall: Paper White OC – 55 | Back Wall: Ballet White OC – 09 | Trim: Simply White OC – 117

“It was the most neutral, and it was very constant in various light sources,” explained Priscilla Chaznavi, Benjamin Moore color and design director, focusing on the complexity of the color. “We have over 250 whites in our catalog. Who better to serve up the options of white than Benjamin Moore?”

Walls: Simply White OC - 117 | Floor: Ice Mist OC - 67

Walls: Simply White OC – 117 | Floor: Ice Mist OC – 67

“White has always been a hugely important color in architecture. It’s able to exhibit the shadows, the darks, to help us appreciate the forms of the shapes itself,” says Andrea Magno, manager of Benjamin Moore’s Color & Design Studio. “White is a perfect way to define a space  in a really beautiful and sophisticated way.”

Benjamin Moore Colors of 2016

Benjamin Moore 2016 Color Palette

For more on why Benjamin Moore’s trend experts picked Simply White OC – 117 as the 2016 Color of the Year, watch this video:

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One Response to “{benjamin moore 2016 color of the year: simply white}”

  1. {interior trim 101: five fool-proof whites for all your rooms} | Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    […] White is Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year. “Simply White is a warm white, and it felt to us the cleanest and the most versatile. It […]


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