2016 Color of the Year will be…
Color, along with pattern and texture, are crucial elements in the design of a custom home’s interior. But in the coming year, the predominant color trend may not be a color at all.
According to the experts at Sherwin-Williams, alabaster—a flattering, natural white—will largely inform many interior design choices in 2016. At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by technology, alabaster will encourage time to relax and re-examine.
“Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being and an atmosphere that is pure,” says Jackie Jordan, director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.”
A recent Sherwin-Williams study found nearly three-quarters of homeowners prefer alabaster’s barely-there undertones to plain white when selecting neutral colors for their homes.
If you’d like to incorporate alabaster into your custom home’s décor, consider pairing it with Scandinavian influences, such as sleek lines, copper finishes, marble and wood grain materials; adding it to a bedroom or nursery for a sense of healing and rest; using it alone in an entryway or home office; or contrasting it with bronze or gray in a spa-like bathroom.