The Depth of White in 2016 Interior Design

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Beautiful cream white walls give this home a refined glow
Beautiful cream white walls give this home a refined glow (smalldesignideas)

Although the authority on color, Pantone, has not yet announced the official color of 2016, Benjamin Moore has designated Simple White.  One may argue that white is not even a color; it is, in fact, the absence of color.  However, there are many nuances to white.  Consider off-white, cream and eggshell white.  There is brilliant white which, in some instances, has a slight tint of blue.  On the other end of the scale, there is white with a hint of the red spectrum, which is quite a bit warmer.  Here are examples of the variety of ways in which white can appear in interiors.

Cream walls and white trim highlight this stylish room
Cream walls and white trim highlight this stylish room (livingroomideaspic)

Brilliant white is clear, clean and crisp.  If not used correctly, brilliant white interiors can come off sterile and cold.  Add black to contrast and lift the space.  Lighting can create a warm glow and small touches of color give the scheme life.

Brilliant white interior
Brilliant white interior (home-designing)
Bright white interior is clean and crisp
Bright white interior is clean and crisp (homedit)
Crisp white interior
Crisp white interior (janetrevisinglife.blogspot)
Beautiful natural colors come alive in a white room
Beautiful natural colors come alive in a white room (bmodm)
Pure white interior
Pure white interior (home-designing)

Off-white used in interiors presents a fresh and ethereal quality.  Include shimmering surfaces to truly bring the space to life.  Wood finishes also show off well in off-white rooms, lending warmth and natural essence.  A muted palette with a few darker pieces grounds the space.

Off-white creates an ethereal bedroom
Off-white creates an ethereal bedroom (newhomesource)
Off-white room
Off-white room (home-designing)
Off-white walls in this modern room
Off-white walls in this modern room (maisonidee)
Off-white lends soft enhancement to this room
Off-white lends soft enhancement to this room (jguesthome)
Off-white and cream create subtle depth
Off-white and cream create subtle depth (irepairhome)
Beautiful interior enhanced with soft off-white walls
Beautiful interior enhanced with soft off-white walls (arcadianhome)

Cream white has a bit more warmth than off-white, creating a subtle richness.  On kitchen cabinets, cream white brings out the detail of the cabinetry and highlights the hardware.  Walls of cream glow with soft sophistication, providing a clean and neutral backdrop to room designs.

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Creamy white cabinetry in this open kitchen
Creamy white cabinetry in this open kitchen (jenepting)
Cream walls and upholstery enhance this room of colorful accents
Cream walls and upholstery enhance this room of colorful accents (omahamagazine)
Creamy white walls and upholstery give this room a fresh look
Creamy white walls and upholstery give this room a fresh look (homebunch)
Beautiful creamy tones of white shine in this room
Beautiful creamy tones of white shine in this room (jguesthome)

Interiors rich with variances of white, from brilliant to off-white to cream, have dimension and warmth.  These interiors have definition and a sophisticated elegance.  With the addition of textural elements, such as stone, wood and various natural elements, white interiors are strong on depth.

Cream walls give warmth to this comfortable room
Cream walls give warmth to this comfortable room (meddiodesign)
Beautiful room highlights variety of whites
Beautiful room highlights variety of whites (dyfariinteriors)
Gorgeous creamy whites give this room refreshing style
Gorgeous creamy whites give this room refreshing style (bestofinteriors)
White cream walls unite the spaces in this home
White cream walls unite the spaces in this home (decosee)

White in any shade is fresh and always in style.  Take a look at a few pieces of truly ethereal furniture that embody the essence of white.

Heavenly white furniture
Heavenly white furniture (Paola Navone for Baxter Furniture via trendir.com)
Heavenly white furniture
Heavenly white furniture (Paola Navone for Baxter Furniture via trendir.com)

White may not be an official color, but this absence of color can surely make an impact on a room.  White can also change dramatically under natural light at certain times of the day or depending on your interior lighting.  Be it brilliant white, off-white or cream, Benjamin Moore has beautiful variations for 2016.

 

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