Color Choice Made Easy. It's All Black or White.

procolThat her face, at first just ghostly...

...turned a whiter shade of pale.

Procol Harum-1967

I am thrilled, absolutely ecstatic. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore are in agreement. The Color of the Year for 2016 is...white! Although Benjamin Moore calls it "Simple White" and Sherwin-Williams likes the name "Alabaster ", whatever you choose to call it, the two paint mavens have made my 2016 so much easier. When Barb asks me what color we should paint the master bedroom walls, I can just say "Alabaster, dear. And those kitchen cabinets you were worried about? I think we should go with Simple." Our new house will be sooo hip.

But wait, life just got more complicated.  Pantone is naming "Rose Quartz" and "Serenity" the Color of the Year. Two questions. First, who the heck is Pantone? Second, Mr. Pantone, whoever you are, aren't "Rose Quartz" and "Serenity" two colors? And by the way, what kind of color is "Serenity" anyway? I suppose it could be worse. At least neither of those colors are the nightmare colors of the 50's, avocado green or harvest gold. Though I am sure Mr. Pantone is considering that pair for 2017 Color of the Year candidates. He will just rename them "Felicity" and "Authenticity."

You ask if there are any other important colors to keep in mind while we build the house? It took a little research on my part, but I was relieved to discover the National Foundation for the Preservation of Lawn Care has named "Green" as their Color of the Year for a record setting 134th year in a row. This jibes with the plans of the architect, the interior designer and Barb to have a green lawn, so unlike most things the design dream team agrees on, this is unlikely to cost me any extra money. The International Society of Astrophysicology has also proclaimed that 2016 will be the Year of the Yellow Sun. In the Society press release, their President noted that while there are a lot of red stars out in the cosmos, our sun seems to have a few billion years of yellowness left. Maybe solar panels will make sense after all. I have also verified that black is still the color for asphalt, so I have a pretty good idea of what our driveway will look like. And that will be perfect for any grandkids to draw their hopscotch court on. Have to keep every generation involved and happy.

Fortunately, the World Muntin Association is not naming a favorite color for 2016, so we are free to do our own thing on those. Speaking of muntins, Barb asked me to tell you all that I was LYING. The word muntin does NOT mean more money! But what does it matter. When it comes to spending more money on this house, I am waving the white flag. Just in time to honor the Color of the Year!

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