It's spring, and that makes it the perfect time to give your Lake Winnipesaukee home a makeover. Isn't it time for at least a fresh coat of paint in the rooms to welcome the new season? Benjamin Moore, the premier paint sellers, have a new color of the year for 2016. What is it? It's Simply White.
Simply White was chosen because it captures the light that comes off the lake like nothing else, and of course, it complements any other color and any decor. But white does not mean sterile or chilly. Benjamin Moore offers over 250 shades of white, and these shades can be used with each other or with other colors to maximum effect. Other trending colors for 2016 include Lemonade, Banana Yellow, Ravishing Red, Gentle Violet, Blue Echo and Weimaraner.
Here are some ideas:
Consider a kitchen with a French window that opens to the backyard and has a southern exposure. This kitchen gets floods of sunlight all day and absolutely everything in white may be a bit much. So, the mullions and frame of the door and the wall around it can be painted Simply White, as can the ceiling and the walls. The kitchen peninsula has a white marble top that matches the white marble of the countertops. However, the wall and floor cabinets and the base of the peninsula are all Fresh Dew, a type of jade green, and the floor is covered with maple planks broken up by a large area rug of white and Costa Rica blue. Other pops of color include the stainless steel fridge, vent hood and stove.
A pale cream is the predominant color in the livingroom. The upholstery of the overstuffed chairs, ottoman and sofas is cream, though the furnishings have frames of dark wood that matches the wood of the coffee tables. Simply White may be the color of the walls but they have moldings of Weimaraner which is echoed in the floor length curtains, the frame around a large mirror, the base of a ginger jar lamp and the area around the built-in bookcases and the fireplace. The hardwood floor is mostly covered by a rug whose design echoes these neutral colors.
The Master Bedroom
Simply White is the color of the walls and the ceilings, which contrast nicely with the walnut floor. The canopy bed has a white canopy and white, cream and beige bedclothes. The armchairs near white wall length cabinets are upholstered in cream. The wood of the testers, the chairs, the end tables and the picture frames is dark, which gives a nice contrast.
The Girl's Bedroom
This bedroom also has a canopy bed, but its white is broken up with shades of delicate pink such as Cream Puff. The canopy is pink with a floral pattern that matches that of the draperies and the valence over the window. The built in shelves, the desk and its chair are white, though the chair cushion is pink. The chandelier is made of white metal with white pleated shades over the lights.
The Master Bathroom
The master bathroom can feature a deep, drop-in tub surrounded by tiles of different shades of white and gray laid in a bond pattern. The tile pattern and colors are repeated on the floor. Have the moldings around the ceiling and the door frame painted Simply White, while the ceiling and the wall around the door can be Benjamin Moore's Ballet White.
The outside shouldn't be forgotten! Use Simply White on the balustrade and the pillars while setting out white wicker furniture with pretty floral cushions or cushions with patterns of wide white and blue stripes. A Victorian, white-painted coffee table can be placed in front of the rattan settee. Sheer white curtains can also be hung to give some privacy or to filter the sunlight.