Ideas and tips for using Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White” paint color in your home!
But first, a little background about my love-hate relationship with white walls. Steve and I rented our first apartment from his parents, basically an “in-law” apartment. Therefore we ended up redoing the apartment with their help, which was my first experience picking out paint colors, decor, etc. It was a nice apartment and perfect for us newlyweds at the time.
Each room’s color was carefully selected-mostly variations of tans, grays, and beige colors since we didn’t own the place, but definitely not just plain white. White was boring, lifeless, and outdated to me. Steve on the other hand insisted the entire apartment should be in Antique White, a sort of off-white…very plain.
Anyways, I bothered him for a few weeks about it and I felt so accomplished when he finally agreed that we needed some kind of color on the walls. Steve even went to our local paint store to pick up the paint-my first mistake! When he got home all of the cans were labeled the colors I picked out…until a few days later when the entire apartment was painted in that darn Antique White! That little stinker of a husband had worked with the guy at the paint store to trick me! The paint cans were labeled with the colors I had chose, however, they were all filled with Antique White. I was fooled! We still joke to this day about how Steve pranked me!
The Antique White walls ended up growing on me. I learned that neutral walls were the best for a rental or other short-term living situations. Add in the color with curtains, linens, furniture, and other decor. The tables have turned and now in my opinion there is nothing dreamier than simple white walls and a light, fresh, neutral color palate. I also think white is a great choice if you can’t commit to a color because you can again change your color palate with decor but also if you decide to change the wall color white is fairly easy to paint over.
Benjamin Moore even chose their “Simply White” as the 2016 Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore announces the Color of the Year each October, therefore I’m a little behind with this post, but to be fair this blog didn’t even exist last October!
Simply White is clean and crisp yet still a little more softer than a stark white. Therefore, this color is chosen for trim and ceilings in many homes. In fact, I think we are going to use it in our Master Bathroom remodel. I wanted to show you that white can be a classic, simple, and exciting paint color for your home!
Simple White has a LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 90, meaning it will reflect lots of light. A bright, stark white would have the highest LRV of close to 100. A dark color such as black or navy would have a lower LRV as it will not reflect as much light into a room.
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy has an LRV of only 8, therefore it is very dark.
Did you know there are different kind of whites? Well, there are! First you have crisp, bright whites that may have a cooler undertone, slightly bluish or green. There are more warm whites, which likely have have a pink or yellow undertone. Because Simply White is warm and soft while still being a clean white, it is not too stark or sterile feeling.
First, here’s an example of Simply White as trim. I am slightly obsessed with this dining room from Studio McGee. The dining room set, wall color, curtains all feel light and fresh.
Next we have Simply White on the walls. Here is an example for a living room-don’t you want to cozy up to this fireplace in the winter?! Most of all, gorgeous space!
Swooning over this woods and whites bedroom from Oliver and Rust (also this links to the home tour-a must see):
And because of its clean look, it is also a timeless, classic choice for kitchen cabinets:
Next, here is a bathroom with amazing faux shiplap painted all in Simply White (more pics of the bathroom at Shades of Blue Interiors):
Finally, this paint color is very clean and classic, perfect for an exterior like this farmhouse:
Where would you use Simply White in your house? Do you have any favorite white paint colors?