See why four paint brands have chosen a shade of white as their hot hue for the new year.

We had a wonderful time at the International Home Furnishings Market last week in Highpoint, North Carolina. It’s always an exciting time of trend spotting and gleaning knowledge from people we admire. One of the events we attended was at the Surya Rugs showroom, where Candice Olson of HGTV’s Divine Design fame, shared her unique approach to designing spaces in neutrals tones.

When asked what her thoughts were about paint brands naming shades of white as their hot hue for the new year, she answered, “Neutral tones are not about trends, they are timeless and give our design clients a big value for their design dollar. Layering a space with neutrals, is not a trend, it’s a movement.”

The La-Z-Boy Showroom at Highpoint was right on trend as well. We counted eight vignettes featuring white or off-white sofas that stole the show.

“It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. There are four major paint brands’ achromatic color picks and they are easy to use in your home. Benjamin Moore and Glidden have made off-white hues their “color of the year” for 2016, while Sherwin-Williams and Behr are each showing an off-white in their 2016 color trend forecasts.”   – Houzz Contributor and Principal Designer at the San Francisco-based firm, Jennifer Ott Design, LLC.

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