If you think of white as the absence of color, it may surprise you to realize that paint companies — all of them — have hundreds, if not thousands, of shades for you to choose from. It is not possible to simply ask for a can of white paint and be guaranteed to be happy with the result.

One paint company, Benjamin Moore, recently announced that “Simply White” has been chosen as the 2016 standard-bearer for emerging color trends. As a color choice, it may be somewhat surprising, because it is described by the company as “transcendent, powerful and polarizing.”

As the company’s creative director attests, white is not only a design option, but an essential. Benjamin Moore also notes that, of its top 10 best-selling paint colors, whites occupy five separate slots.

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White Goes with Everything

What does this all mean for your pending kitchen design project or home remodel? You have more choices than ever before. Because white is so adaptable, you can combine it with other pale tones for a subdued, sophisticated palette, add layers of bright color for a playful design, play with shades of gray and a mixture of shiny and matte finishes for high-tech efficiency, or be dramatic with contrast between pale and dark in whatever combinations you choose.

Black and white are classic; forest green and white could be dramatic, red and white or blue and white are commonly viewed as cozy or country, and yellow and white are sunny and cheerful. Also consider the effect of chocolate with white, or a barely-there sea glass or gentle violet with that vanilla white. All of these options are a part of the Benjamin Moore 2016 color palette.

2016 color palette

Define Your Home with Color

If you like the idea of building a kitchen or bathroom with an easy-to-love neutral like Simply White, consider the ways to layer at least subtle color into the scheme to eliminate any hint of the clinical.

Paint walls and ceilings in white, and install new cabinets in an varnish version of the same white. Camouflage a refrigerator and dishwasher with cabinet cladding, and choose brushed stainless appliances to keep it soft and neutral. Keep flooring tile neutral as well, and add subtle color for window blinds and towels.

An alternative, slightly more contemporary option could include bleached wood cabinets, with a slightly darker wood floor to ground the space. A solid surface counter and simple backsplash in a neutral tone would complete the space.

A third option, and a dramatic one, might feature ebony-toned cabinets and Carrara marble counters, your choice of either off-white or deep charcoal flooring tile, simple accessories and pottery accents in matte white. Appliances in the new black stainless would be stunning.

Contemporary option include bleached wood cabinets 

Use The Kitchen Master as Resource

Our talented staff designers will help you find your way with color and assist you in finding perfect ways to express your kitchen personality. We have been helping area residents do just that since 1977. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation for any home remodeling project you have in mind.

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