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Benjamin Moore 2016 Colour of the Year

I get really excited this time of year when the colour announcements for 2016 come out.

I’m always intrigued by what the year ahead will look like in design and decor, and I play a game with myself to see if any of my colour predictions are correct.

This year I was in a mindset that the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year for 2016 was going to take the direction of a dark grey or dark purple-grey tone.

It seems like we have been surrounded lately by dark and moody decor trends and saturated deep colours in both fashion and home design so I was pretty sure that the colour for the coming year would reflect this trend.

So I was pretty surprised when Benjamin Moore just announced that their 2016 Colour of the Year is Simply White!


Surprised, and thrilled.

If you are a regular reader then you know that we tackled a big home renovation project this past summer and early fall {we are finished now and details are coming soon!}.

And guess what colour I picked for all the trim, cabinetry, paneling, mantel, doors, and for all the walls in the basement?!?

Um, yup.

I nailed it. Simply White!!

Simply White on the kitchen cabinets at thehappyhousie.com

Simply White at our investment property renovation at thehappyhousie.com

So you may be asking, is white even a colour?

Simply White OC-117

{Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117}

It seems like actually, whites are more than a colour. According to the colour experts at Benjamin Moore, white is “transcendent, powerful, and polarizing”. Of the most top ten most popular paint colours for Benjamin Moore, different variations of white fill five of these spots.

White goes beyond being just a design or colour trend and is instead an absolute essential in design.

WALLS & TRIM Simply White OC-117, REGAL Select, Eggshell (walls)

And OC-117 “Simply White” was chosen by the colour experts because it was found to be the most neutral, level, and constant white in various light sources.

I think it is an incredible choice!

I’ve been so taken lately with gorgeous spaces encompassing that white backdrop look…

Wall Simply White OC-117, Aura, Matte

WALLS Simply White OC-117, Aura, Matte

WALLS Simply White OC-117, REGAL Select, Flat


But don’t just take it from me! Listen the colour experts from Benjamin Moore tell you all about how they came to this choice for the 2016 Colour of the Year: Simply White.

You all know that I love to use a lot of colour in design. Colour and warm and natural textures.

And white is the perfect backdrop for those hits of colour and texture…

In fact, I seriously considered painting our kitchen/dining/living room white last year rather then the pale blue I finally selected. And I’m still not convinced that I won’t change the living room some time soon.

Imagine how my hits of aqua {and whatever colour I love at the moment} would pop against white walls…

WALLS Paper White OC-55, REGAL Select, Eggshell

Benjamin Moore’s Colour of the Year announcement also includes a group of 22 colors in addition to Simply White that are predicted to be trending colours for the year ahead.

Another one of my favourite paint colours is included in this mix… Gray Owl:

WALLS Gray Owl OC-52, ben, Flat

The others…


You can see the rest of the Colour Trends 2016 Palette and Look-book by clicking here:

Colour Trends CA 2016

To learn more about the Benjamin Moore Colour of the Year and Colour Trends 2016 palette, or to find the closest Benjamin Moore retailer, visit www.benjaminmoore.com

Think you might give Simply White a try?!


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Benjamin Moore 2016 Colour of the Year Simply White inspiration at thehappyhousie.com

You can also search #ColorTrends2016 on social media channels including Facebook (Benjamin Moore Paints), Twitter (@Benjamin_Moore or @BenjaminMooreCA), Pinterest (Benjamin Moore), Instagram (@benjaminmoore) and YouTube (BenjaminMoorePaints).


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  1. Hi
    I’m thinking of painting our house, and I want to make it brighter, since we have hardwood floors, and windows are also wood, and the french doors. I considered painting my windows white, but my husband thought I was nuts.

    My question is… If we paint it white, what’s the rule for ceilings? Does it have to be the same white? What about the doors upstairs and the trim around? Same white? Another white?


  2. Wow! I picked Simply White last fall for the color of my guest room! I was ahead of the trend (for once!). I love that you can put bright pops of color or stay more neutral. I love all the rooms you featured too!

    1. Thanks Pamela! I was thrilled that I had chosen it for our bathroom/kitchen paneling and all the trim in the rental project as well – I know what you mean about feeling ahead of the trend, lol!

  3. Hi, Krista ~ What a perfect choice for colour of the year! White is such a nice starting point and provides a beautiful backdrop for furniture and accessories. And those pictures are gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Corey – they are stunning images aren’t they?! It is a great backdrop – my sister and brother-in-law painted their house all white last winter and it is stunning. It mixes so well with the warm woods in their ceiling (they have a vaulted cedar planked ceiling with a huge center beam). It is pretty amazing!

    1. I absolutely loved it in our rental project house, Kristi! Now I am really tempted to do our living room…

    1. I love the contrast of white with warm rustic wood tones as well Katie – even though I have so much colour in our home, I am always taken with that look.

  4. I love that the colour of the year is simply white….anyone can work with that! White is the presence of all colour while black is the absence of colour so in reality you are painting your home with all the colours in the light spectrum! Fun fact of the day! Haha

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