All About: Benjamin Moore Simply White
Check out my video at the end of the blog post…
Where have the reds, greens and corals of 2015 gone? Where are the ‘statement’ colors that rocked feature walls and front doors world wide? Well, they are still kickin’ around but they need to give a wide berth to the new kid on the block…
I realize that some people might be disappointed that the ‘color’ of the year for 2016 is a white, but don’t fret – this isn’t just any white…this is Simply White and you will likely want to use it somewhere in your home. Why? Because it is simply the best white paint color on the market and I’m glad to see it get the recognition it deserves!
So, why is it so drool-worthy?
- It is versatile. Because it doesn’t have a dominant undertone it suits almost every home/style
- It is neutral. While it has a slightly warm undertone, it’s super passive and just comes off as a fresh off-white without any definitive ‘color’
But the BEST thing about Simply White is that it is good for every surface in your home. Walls, trims, exterior, interior, cupboards, furniture, doors, ceilings – you name it, it’s got it covered.
Now let’s see how it might work for you…
Simply White in the Kitchen (cabinets)…
Simply White is a no-brainer for kitchen cabinets. It’s fresh, but not stark white appearance is the perfect choice with marble, slate, subway tile or any other products that you want to throw at it!
Source – Rom Architecture
It looks beautiful with the herringbone backsplash and contrasting black countertops. To be honest with you, I likely would have chosen a more stark white or gray paint color to coordinate with the marble, but overall it still looks beautiful and shows you the ‘softness’ and subtle warmth of this color.
Source – Massucco Warner Miller
A beautiful and seamless off-white palette with a striking stainless steel focal point.
I love it with the painted wood floor and chocolate brown feature wall in this under-the-stair bar station.
Simply White on the Walls
Looks to me like this is a North facing room as Simply White switches to a more subtle, not as ‘fresh’, but still awesome approach.
Source – Manhattan Nest
You’ll also notice the trendy painted black doors (which I’m still not convinced is a good idea), but regardless, it looks high contrast and fabulous!
Source – Eric Roseff Designs
Simply White looks fresh and inviting in this transitional style kitchen and complements the wood flooring and chairs.
Simply White on Shiplap Siding…
I don’t care if it’s a trend – I LOVE IT ANYWAY!
Source – Studio McGhee
There are 2 things that are HUGE these days…laundry rooms and shiplap siding (the horizontal boards seen here). Combine those with Simply White and even LAUNDRY can be fun!
Simply White on Trim and Ceilings
When choosing the right white for trims and ceilings it can hard to figure out which one will be best for BOTH. Well, stop that smoke from coming out of yer’ ears and check this out…
Source – The Lettered Cottage
This before and after is a perfect example of how Simply White acts like white – without being stark or cold feeling.
Simply White on Trims and Railings
Is it time to update those old oak railings? Or maybe your chipped and dirty white trim has seen better days? Either way, Simply White can add a breath of fresh air to the finer details in your home.
Source – The Lettered Cottage (awesomeness)
Simply White in a Kids Room
It can be hard to find a paint colour that both you and honey-booboo agree on. By painting the walls white, you can have FUN with accent colours, fabrics and accessories!
Source – A Country Farmhouse
Whether you are wanting an all-white room or are pairing white with a smashing feature wall, Simply White is fabulous and timeless for a kids bedroom or nursery.
What to watch out for…
- Simply White can fall flat in a low-light/low energy room as it really is a glorified white and is better suited to moderate to well-lit spaces
- While it does ‘suit’ warm and cool colors, blue/green/purple can very (very) subtly enhance the yellow undertone of this color (super passive)
- It is not great with pink tones
- It looks ‘good’ with marble for a slightly softened look, but personally I prefer a more stark white or gray
A bit more about Simply White
- It is an off-white that will ‘act like white’ – just not as stark
- Compared to Cloud White it is a bit more fresh, bright and clean looking
- It has a slightly warm yellow undertone vs plain white which can be a bit more stark
- Simply White is a FAB backdrop to artwork
- It matches some of Ikea’s whites like Lidingo White as shown here…
Source – Involving Colour
Do you want to see Simply White in action? Check out my video explaining MORE about this great white paint colour!
So while we aren’t being GOB-smacked with color this year, I think that Simply White is a refreshing and versatile choice – do you?
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