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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.