2016 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage Realty FA100041320

2016 Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

If I asked my dad to describe 2016 Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, he’d say

that’s a no-color, color.


Meet 2016 Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year -

Simply White OC-117 or 2143-70.





Simply White


Hard to argue with that.


Give me crisp, clean white-painted trim and millwork, and you’ll see this girl swoon. White walls… not so much. 


White definitely serves its purpose.


  • White plays well with others. One reason its a perfect backdrop to showcase museum-worthy art.


  • White has light-illuminating characteristics creating a sense of space. 


  • White is classic, and can be both traditional as well as modern.


  • White kitchens are my (and what seems like a zillion pinterest fans) favorite.


  • White offers a resting place for the eye in a busy, distracting room.


On the flip side, white has as many colorful undertones as the rainbow.


How do you see the undertone? An easy way to see any color's undertone is to look at it in relation to its neighbors on the paint chip.


simply white paint chip 

As your eye scans down the paint chip you'll find Olive Branch, Alligator Green and Sage. Of course, monitors do not relay a true, accurate color. However, these definitely lean towards a warm brown undertone. In my opinion, Simply White is not a bright, cool white. 


If you're looking for a white with a little warmth, Simply White OC-117 or 2143-70, just might be the ticket, but this whiter shade of pale will not be one I specify for my sellers.


To see Benjamin Moore's Color Trends Palette for 2016, click here. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/benjamin-moore-color-trends-2016



How about you? What do you think of 2016 Benjamin Moore's Color of the Year?

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I can see why many folks would go with white.  For me, I would choose the alligator green.

Oct 27, 2015 01:47 AM #1
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Ha! Wouldn't you love to be on the focus group who names these?

Oct 27, 2015 02:29 AM #2
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Your dads’ opinion of this color reflects his pragmatic mid-western heritage. On the other hand, my Louisiana friends may be pleased to see they can now buy a paint color named “Alligator Green.”

Oct 27, 2015 03:49 AM #3
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Oh boy, just be sure to mention its not a good choice for selling your home .

Oct 27, 2015 04:00 AM #4
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Much better than this years pea soup looking  green. Looks like they  are  moving into a more tasteful direction here. 

Oct 27, 2015 06:44 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I prefer more "color" in my color. LOL

Gorgeous for trim though, as you said.

Oct 29, 2015 08:46 AM #6
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Kim,

Your comment "this whiter shade of pale will not be one I specify for my sellers" is one that I agree with ... it's too pastel for selling, IMO.  

Oct 29, 2015 09:57 AM #7
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I loved your read today, hope this becomes a beautiful & successful week.

Nov 03, 2015 11:30 AM #8
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Nice response to the "color of the year", Kim!  That said, we're seeing more white walls with grey painted trim in new high-end homes in my area.

Nov 18, 2015 12:09 AM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

The subtleties of color is better left to a professional unless you have a really good eye. Many cannot tell the difference in our primary colors much less 100 shades of gray or white! Good post!

Nov 26, 2015 04:34 AM #10
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland thank you for your comment, so true! The art of Color Specifying continues to be a more complex process with the introduction of new shades, new tints and new undertones. Many of us on AR are professional, certified Color Specialists, but even so, I'm continuously learning about the science of color. Its a fascinating industry.

Nov 26, 2015 09:03 PM #11
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Kim, Benjamin Moore paint has been a favorite of mine since my design days.  I'm a fan of off white paint colors.  They set the perfect back drop for all the colors we add to our rooms with our belongings.

Nov 27, 2015 02:55 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Simply White is a safe selection for home sellers as they prepare their home to be listed.

Dec 01, 2015 11:17 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The colors of winter in Maryland...

Jan 08, 2016 12:19 AM #14
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