When Benjamin Moore revealed its 2016 Color of the Year, many who follow interior design trends were surprised. Why? Ben Moore’s top pick for this year: Simply White (OC-117). Others in the design community couldn’t agree more with Ben Moore’s color choice because it is consistent with where design has moved over the past few years—a trend toward paring back, simplification and polished minimalism. Simply White was chosen by the color experts because it was found to be the most neutral, level, and constant white in various light sources, and looks fresh with warm or cool palettes. Plus, said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore’s Creative Director, “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential.”
I’ve seen white paint work beautifully, and in many cases, do just the trick in Boston condos. Here’s why:
- White is a great backdrop: If you collect artwork or sculpture, white walls concede and let the artwork take center stage. There’s a reason why so many art galleries use it.
- White expands your space: Fresh and airy, white opens up a room and creates the feeling of a larger space, which can be particularly effective in city condos with smaller rooms.
- White directs your eye: Whether it’s on a molding, a doorframe or other architectural details, white helps the eye organize and direct.
- Shows off colors you love: White walls offer an opportunity to express yourself through fabric, art, textiles and accessories, and provides a platform for these items to really pop. It creates better visual impact to pick up your favorite bold colors in furnishings and rugs, for example, than on the walls.
- It’s timeless and transcendent: White is neither trendy nor dated, and may prolong your desire to repaint in order to do away with an outdated design trend.
- White is cleansing and fresh: White walls project cleanliness and purity, a factor buyers may consider when touring a condo that’s for sale. Paint influences first impressions and if you happen to be selling your home, consider that prospective buyers want to imagine their new place as a blank canvas that they can fill with their own images, colors and art.
Check out some of these gorgeous rooms with Simply White walls. These spaces look anything but plain.
So what do you think? Are you inspired to dial up your painter or head to the hardware store and break out your paint roller for some perfectly white walls?