Design Trends

Posted by Matt Brooke on May 22, 2016

The paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore selects a Color of the Year.  This year’s choice of Simply White OC 177 may have surprised some, but if you follow design trends you may have noticed white is having a major turn in the spotlight. Any magazine, blog or Pinterest page seems to have several projects, exclaiming the virtues of “painting it white”.

In the words of Benjamin Moore Creative Director Ellen O’Neill, white is “timeless and transcendent. More than that, it is ubiquitous. “From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form-that’s why we chose it as our Color of the Year.”

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Now, coupled with this trend toward white, is the accompaniment of grey. It’s the palette most requested these days when our clients are looking for clean, updated and fresh. Don’t let a drab battleship grey come to mind. The choices are many and grey can be a moody green or earthy warm. Imagine coastal fogs or river stones. Coupled with white trim, you have a classic combination.

The trend toward greys is showing up heavily in our kitchen and bath department and the custom cabinet lines we carry have taken notice. The white cabinet and marble countertop will forever be timeless but for those looking to try something different, we have an incredible selection of soft greys from driftwood to pewter or moodier graphites or black. If an entire kitchen of grey cabinets feels to risky, try just an island or maybe just base cabinetry. Our staff is ready to help pull samples and provide guidance in creating a space that balances trends and timeless style for your home.

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