Benjamin Moore 2016 Colour of the Year and Our Home

Little did I know when I used Simply White to paint our family room in July 2014, our kitchen in November 2014, and our dining room in November 2014, that Benjamin Moore would announce, earlier this month, Simply White as the Colour of the Year for 2016. At the time I searched through tons of white paint chips and decided on Simply White OC-117. Now, over a year later, it is the upcoming Colour of the Year. 

I know I have said it many times, but I love love this colour. We bought our newly built home 17 years ago and I have painted many times. Never have I been happier with my paint choices than I was last year when I picked new colours for our main floor.

The rooms on our main floor flow into one another and share walls. Because we have the board and batten on one kitchen wall...

and wrapping around to the family room fireplace wall, I didn't want to use Simply White above the board and batten, which is painted BM Snowfall White. I wanted the board and batten to stand out a bit.  (The photo above is a nighttime IG photo of the new faux beam fireplace mantel in progress.)

We have lots of light in the kitchen and family room end of our home from patio doors, family room windows and two skylights in the cathedral ceiling. The white looks so fresh in here and I think it works really well with the wood stained chalkboard frame and open shelves. Black is one of my favourite accent colours and I think it looks so good against the Simply White backdrop.

Our dining room and front of our home often appear darker as there is only the dining room window (which faces our neighbour's brick wall), a narrow window in our living room, and the front entry door and sidelight. By painting the walls Simply White our dining room no longer feels gloomy. 

Just like in our kitchen, I love the white with our wood tones and black furniture pieces. 

Besides being brigher, the white also makes our small dining room appear larger. 

I think it is the perfect backdrop for our brown leather sofa and recliner and keeps the family room from feeling dark.

From Benjamin Moore:  "The Color Studio arrived at Simply White OC-117 after careful review of the company's more than 250 white selections. According to the Color Studio, it was the most neutral, level and constant in the various light sources used in today's design environments."

I have used white on our walls in other rooms as well, BM Cotton Balls in our living room (May 2011)...

... our oldest son's basement bedroom (January 2012),,,

...and our 4th upstairs bedroom/hobby studio (July 2011). 

If that isn't a crazy amount of white rooms, our guest bedroom upstairs is patched and waiting to be primed and painted Simply White and our master bedroom is partially painted Simply White (I stopped in the middle of painting our master bedroom when the new roof  leaked again and I had to repatch a freshly painted corner wall.) 

White walls are not for everyone but I love them with the neutrals, wood tones, browns, blacks and textures that I use in our rustic casual home. And I have a wee bit of a head start on using the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2016 -Simply White ;)

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  1. Elizabeth- You are a LEADER--and way ahead of the game. I love BM paints but have never used that particular white. I have used White Dove on my woodwork in at least 5 houses-maybe more. It is a rich looking white and I still love it.
    Your home is absolutely beautiful!
    Have a great day! xo Diana

  2. How about that?! I guess you were thrilled to have your decision validated with that becoming the color of the year. I was pleased to see white being chosen too. I hope that overflows into more white items being sold at stores. Usually the color of the year correlates to other things in the home besides just the walls. I think it's long overdue since neutrals have been so popular.

  3. You're a trendsetter, Elizabeth! I recently had to choose a white colour for my basement kitchen and was amazed at how many white tones there are to choose from. Your home is lovely!

  4. I love a good white. It's classic yet feels modern. How you've used it in your home is lovely.

  5. You're a trend setter Elizabeth! :) It is a nice shade of white and I like it with the Revere Pewter you have used as well. Love your home and decor!

  6. I have to check my files, but I am pretty sure that this is the color of Benjamin Moor paint that we have used all over our house.

  7. Whooo Hooo! Beautiful as always!


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