By Madison Krupp | Edited by Andrea Bosco Stehle

A new year means new beginnings, and of course, the arrival of Sherwin-Williams’ 2016 Color of the Year. And the color is… Alabaster (SW 7008)! The hue was chosen for its pure qualities, which give a room a clean feeling that is complemented well with natural light. “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness, well-being, and an atmosphere that is pure,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality, and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white.” At a time when homeowners are faced with excess and clutter, and may be overwhelmed by the commotion of technology, Alabaster encourages a time to relax and re-examine, says Jordan. Sherwin-Williams suggests pairing the shade with sleek lines, copper metallic finishes, marble, and wood grain materials. It sets the tone for healing, rest, and meditation in a bedroom or nursery, and stands strong in a chic entryway or home office. The company suggests pairing it with contrasting dark colors, such as Urbane Bronze and Gray Area in a spa-like bathroom. The color is comfortable, elegant, and functional — add a hint of blush for an added light touch.




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