And the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is...

We did not see this one coming, but we're really okay with it.

And the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is...
courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore just named Simply White the 2016 Color of the Year, and if you're anything like us, upon hearing that news your thoughts may go a little something like this: *Saucily places hand on hip* Like straight up white? What kind of year-long research project ends up at white? Does that mean we're in for the most boring 12 months ever? They hosted a massive party in NYC full of fancy design people, to talk about painting stuff white?  It seemed counterintuitive, and to be honest, anticlimactic. 

But then we let the idea settle in. Go ahead, take a moment for yourself. We don't not like white. It's clean and modern and fresh. Heck, we've written many (many) articles on the virtues of pale spaces. And this is a really nice white. It's crisp, but not institutional. Bright, but not harsh. And taking these three spaces, sheathed in the hue, as evidence, works with myriad decor styles.

And the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is...
Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore has also announced a corresponding palette of 23 colors that will "illustrate how white works within the color spectrum," which again, seems a little silly at first. But being the color pairing fanatics we are, we're not gonna not look

So what say you? The perfect blank canvas or too blah for your blood? 

And the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year is...
Courtesy of Benjamin Moore

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