It’s that time of year again when the leading color forecasters, paint manufacturers and experts on design and color release their picks for the top shades for the coming year. Typically these selections vary pretty widely from across the board, but it seems this year they have universally agreed upon one emerging trend. Shades of white and off-white have appeared on four major paint brands color trend forecasts for the coming year.
Both Benjamin Moore and Glidden have chosen off-white hues as their “2016 Color of the Year,” while Sherwin-Williams and Behr are both showing and off-white in their 2016 color forecasts.
Glidden’s Cappuccino White is is a creamy white that works best with warm hues. Natural wood accents and warm gray vinyl paired with darker beige walls accentuate the creamy white cabinets perfectly here.
Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster is perfect for those looking for a white with a little more substance. Since it doesn’t lean too far to either the warm or cool side, it pairs easily with pretty much any other color making it the perfect neutral.
While white spaces can often feel cold and sterile, that is an easy thing to counteract if your space has interesting architectural details and charming furniture or fixtures. This room in Simply White by Benjamin Moore feels warm and inviting thanks to the cozy furniture and abundance of natural light. The exposed beams in the ceiling add dimension to what would otherwise be a vast white space and the lack of distracting brighter colors helps the wine barrel table and wing back chairs hold center stage.
Behr’s Ivory Keys in the kitchen creates a modern farmhouse feel paired with marble counter tops, subway tile and a farmhouse sink. Again, natural light works wonders in an all-white room, and the dimension introduced by the molding arched doorways goes a long way.