Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016

I think most of us in the design community are surprised three major paint companies selected a White as their 2016 color of the year.

Alabaster (SW 7008) is Sherwin-Williams 2016 Color of the Year, preceded by “Simply White,” picked by Benjamin-Moore, “Cappuccino White”, picked by Glidden.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style

White is said to have a strong connection with pureness and light across many cultures. “At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by the commotion of technology, Alabaster encourages a time to relax and re-examine,” says Sherwin-William’s announcement about the color.

Alabaster is part of the Sherwin-Williams Colormix Pura Vida palette which is composed of colors reminiscent of “the elements that remind us to live well, be well, and stay well.”

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style

Nuanced pastels will be a dominant trend in 2016. Decorating with whites is best done in layers. Adding elements with visual texture will keep your home from looking too sterile and cold.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style

This year, we forecasted colors that provide a range of inspiration for homeowners to create spaces that surround them with the things that ignite their passions and make them feel happy and healthy.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style

There will always be those who wish to buck the trend or who like a more graphic aesthetic. Alabaster (SW-7008) is warm enough to pair beautifully with an earthy bronze or off-black to create yin yang harmony and balance.

Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year 2016 | - KitchAnn Style

If you find yourself surrounded by “builder beige” you may find choosing a white paint a good solution for your home. As always with whites, test your paint in the room you want to use it in.

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