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.)
Instead, I chose to pair the Simply White with Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.
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.)
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