2016 Color of the Year: Off-White

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

This year has been colorful. We had Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year) and Coral Reef (Sherwin-Williams 2015 Color of the Year) as two good examples of it. They are everywhere from paint to fabrics, turning 2015 into a vivid and bright year.


Portofino console by Cattelan Italia

However according to the four major paint brands, 2016 will be the year of white. Actually, it will be the year of shades of off-white. Last October, Benjamin Moore officially announced its color of the year: Simply White, followed by Glidden that also has made an off-white hue its color of the year. Besides that, Sherwin-Williams and Behr included off-white in their color trend forecasts for 2016.

Magda chair by Cattelan Italia

Magda chair by Cattelan Italia

But if you are a little bit disappointed by the news, there is hope. Unlike bold colors, off-whites are soft and neutral and can be used in the entire room, rather than as an accent only. Also, because white is neutral it can be a nice backdrop for a gorgeous room, making it easier match with other colors and materials.

Besides that white is fresh and evokes a clean feeling which helps to create a resting place for your eyes after a long day being bombarded by so many colors. To take advantage of this new trend, use bold accents to make a statement or keep you décor in soft hues to have a calm room to relax and recharge.


Vienna sectional by Camerich


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