Ocean Home

February/March 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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34 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | F e b r u a r y + M a r c h 2 0 1 6 SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL words by Jura Koncius BENJAMIN MOORE'S PAINT COLOR OF THE YEAR IS SENDING HOMEOWNERS IN THE WHITE DIRECTION Design 2016 PA I N T D rumroll, please. Paint giant Benjamin Moore has released its 2016 Color of the Year: Simply White (OC-117). Huh? With memories of the vivid Coral Reef – Sherwin-Williams' 2015 choice – still fresh, how could a plain white get such an exalted ranking? "White is transcendent, powerful and polarizing," says Ellen O'Neill, Benjamin Moore's creative director. "It is either taken for granted or obsessed over." O'Neill says this particular color was chosen from the company's more than 250 selections of white paint because "it's the most neutral, level and constant in the various light sources used in today's design environments." Reaction in the design community is one of caution rather than surprise. Top New York City designer Miles Redd, known for his richly hued interiors, was hoping for a daffodil yellow or a shade of blue. "I don't think of white as a color but know it is. I live in technicolor with my designs," Redd says. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN BESSLER The white stuff Benjamin Moore's paint color of 2016, Simply White, gives homeowners a blank canvas to create their perfect design style.

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