2016 Color of the Year Announced

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Jackie’s Notebook: 2016 Color of the Year — Alabaster (SW 7008)

Wassily Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract modern art, expressed it this way: “White resonates, like a silence that can suddenly be understood.”

We’re always encouraging you to surrender to your fear of color by splashing it all over your blank walls. However, the color white — and some debate whether it is a color at all — has a deeply rooted history filled with symbolic meanings, messages, and associations that speak to us in a profound way at this place in time.

I selected this color from our 2016 colormix™ Pura Vida palette because it represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being, and a pure and simple atmosphere. Alabaster provides an oasis of calm, simplicity, spirituality and a less-is-more visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but more exactly an understated and alluring white.

The chaos of everyday life calls for a color that is soothing and meditative yet allows us the freedom to take it in any direction that suits us. Our tendency suggests you pair it with other neutrals like soft grays, dusty blush hues, light to medium wood tones, honed Carrara marble and other natural materials. This color sometimes requires an earthy bronze or off-black to create yin yang harmony and balance.

Alabaster has no clear-cut design aesthetic, making it a versatile foundation for many design sensibilities. It elevates sleek and simple, wraps its arms around comfortable and eclectic, bridges transitional, modernizes traditional, and embodies Nordic design.

Thoroughly consider and be receptive to the idea of Alabaster walls and you may find it the best remedy to soothe your inner soul and live Pura Vida.



Banjamin Moore’s Color of the year Simply White – OC 117 – announcement from their website:

The Narrative


White with white story:

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 ben Eggshell

Layered whites,
diffused light…

Surrender to the complexity of white.
In this abstract artist’s townhouse, the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Aura Matte


White with black story:

Benjamin Moore Paper White OC-55 Aura Matte

Striking contrasts,
bold lines…

Angles and edges become sharply defined as white
is cut with black. This digital designer’s cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Regal Select Matte


White with wood story:

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Aura Matte

White-washed walls,
hand-hewn beams…

In the ceramicist’s studio, harmony reigns.
Coats of white paint refresh rustic boards and beams and take on a warm, soft glow.

Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 Aura Matte


White with brights story:

Benjamin Moore Royal Flush 2076-20 Natura Eggshell

Energizing color,
crisp white borders…

White frames and flatters. In this gallerist’s
brownstone, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.

Benjamin Moore Enchanted 2070-50 ben Eggshell

Check out Benjamin Moores video about choosing their color of the year!

 Speas Interior Design plans to have a lot of fun with white in 2016!!

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