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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36 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 "Most people do go for white paint," he adds. "Color is something people don't always know how to handle. I guess it's not surprising given that white sheets and towels are the number-one sellers, too." milesredd.com Designer Mary Douglas Drysdale, based in Washington, D.C., is not surprised. "I think it's consistent to where design has been moving over the past three to four years," she says. "ere's a paring back and a real simplification, which has to do with the interest in decluttering. And it's not a weird color that everybody can't have. It's about the democratization of design." marydouglasdrysdale.com "I have never met a white I didn't like," says Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest. She then retracts that statement, recalling that she had to have a new apartment repainted because the white was too beige. "I love the fact that Benjamin Moore chose a white, because it calls attention to the fact that there are so many nuances in white. You just want it to be the right one." Jean Molesworth Kee, a leading color consultant working in the Washington, D.C., area, is seeing a lot Light fantastic "White is a good choice," says top interior designer Erin Paige Pitts, who has offices in Maryland and Florida. "My own house is almost all white. It's fresh, clean and bright." Design 2016 of white in European design blogs and thinks white will replace gray as the hot color. Kee, whose own home is painted Benjamin Moore's Linen White, counsels that Simply White is just one of many neutral choices. "Be careful choosing colors on Pinterest. You should only use that as inspiration; you have to test it in your own house," she says. White isn't right for every home. "White is at its most gorgeous in Southern California and Australia where there is beautiful light," Kee adds. "If it's somewhere without light, it goes shadowy and dies." paintedroom.com "White is my favorite color," says designer Erin Paige Pitts, who has offices in Florida and Maryland. "My kids joke that there is no such color in their art classes, but my house is almost all white." She adds that Simply White has a bit of yellow in it, which makes it more cheerful than some whites. "It's fresh, clean and bright," Pitts says. "It's a good color choice." erinpaigepittsinteriors.com THE DETAILS For more information,visit benjaminmoore.com PA I N T PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BESSLER / ORIGINAL ARTICLE "SIMPLY WHITE IS THE 2016 COLOR OF THE YEAR. HUH?" APPEARED IN THE WASHINGTON POST, OCT 7, 2015 © WASHINGTON POST COMPANY. USED UNDER LICENSE.

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