Off-White is White Hot


Design forecaster are revealing the trends we’ll see in 2016, and you might be surprised at a color that’s popping up on the lists of four top-brand paint companies. It’s off-white – the basic shade that’s got a reputation for being boring – but designers say it’s not the color; it’s how you use it.


Off-white has a lot of advantages: it complements any color; it absorbs natural light and offers a reflective quality; it offers a calming sense of neutrality; and it showcases the details of moldings.


Benjamin Moore and Glidden have named their version of off-white their “color of the year” for 2016, while Behr and Sherwin-Williams include an off-white shade in their overall trend forecasts. Take a look at how it’s done:


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Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore suggests homeowners “surrender to the complexity of white. Coats of white refresh rustic boards and beams and take on a warm, soft glow. When used with a more vibrant color, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.”


Alabaster Sherwin Williams



Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams’ Alabaster uses marble hues, with grays turning to khaki and blushed neutrals. The look draws you to the colors of “nomadic sand baths and holistic massage rooms. We’re awakening from the recession, hungry for a new orderliness, ready to feed the spirit, make memories, and savor the moment.”


Cappuccino White Glidden 2



Cappuccino White by Glidden

Glidden introduces a soft white that offers “silence and creates a peaceful space away from the hectic landscape of everyday life. As legendary fashion designer Tom Ford said, ‘time and silence are the most luxurious things today.’ In an age of constant interruption and chatter, Cappuccino White offers a soft backdrop that helps defer distractions and creates a calm lightness in the home to encourage a relaxed mind.”


Ivory Keys Behr

Ivory Keys by Behr

Behr’s off-white is called Ivory Keys and it provides classic styling and reflective elements. Not too white and not too cream, the perfect neutral works well on trim as well as walls.

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