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White is the new color

Each year Benjamin Moore Paints declares the color of the year…for 2016:  Simply White

Defining color as ‘the quality of an object or substance with respect to the light reflected by it’, hence ‘the object or substance defined as white reflects nearly all light’.

In the design world Webster is not the definitive player.  The definition of ‘white’ can be in the eye of the beholder…or  the imagination of the mysterious person(s) who assigns names to paint colors.  Introduced to Farrow & Ball Colours on a trip to England over 15 years ago – before they had a significant presence in the US – I marveled at the variety of colors with ‘white’ in the name…

lime white, old white, wall white, hardwick white, new white, white tie…to name a few…


(variations illustrated here by Essie)


Having always been a fan of white, I feel the pull back to clean ‘white’ walls, trim, ceilings…even floors!

Using white-on-white calls for a nuanced overall design, using texture, weave, and sheen for sophistication and interest.


source:  brightcd on Flickr


source:  Cottage Living


source:  unknown


 Are you tempted to go white???

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