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How To Decorate Using The Color Of The Year

By Katie Carlson on Nov 24, 2015
How To Decorate Using The Color Of The Year

The paint manufactures have spoken and as it currently stands, off-white is the clear frontrunner for winning the color of the year title. While this may excite some of you who are talented interior designers, it may also make others nervous about how they’re going to decorate their home in 2016.

If done right, decorating with a neutral color scheme can bring your home to a whole new level of sophistication. We’re going to make sure you’re prepared for what’s to come in home design, by outlining off-white décor and painting tips for every room in the house. 



An off-white or neutral bath is a very classy and sophisticated way to go. You’ll have no trouble finding décor ideas and pieces for a traditional or modern style bathroom using these colors. Incorporate an off-white color scheme by simply using linens, towels, glass canisters, mirror frames, soap dispensers and shower curtains to brighten the space. Start small and build from your accessories.

There are a few different approaches you can take when designing your bath with an off-white color scheme. Either you can leave no stone unturned and design your bath so every single item in the room is off-white, or you can approach it from a minimalist perspective, adding a few key elements here and there for a more subtle outcome. Installing a white bathtub, neutral shower tile or glass cabinets will bring elegance and style to any size bath.

Light and natural woods go very nicely with off-whites. On the other hand, if you’re looking to add a pop of color, think about purchasing colorful rugs, candles, artwork, cabinets and sinks for a contrast to your neutral foundation. Although white bathrooms are pretty, remember that they may be a little more work to keep clean.



Large striped area rugs, contrasting countertops and accent colors are ways you can bring some life to your off-white kitchen. Also, think about shaking things up by incorporating an unexpected piece of wood furniture, extra windows or installing high vaulted ceilings. All of these ideas will create a warm and inviting atmosphere so you can avoid worrying about an all-white kitchen looking too sterile.

When decorating with a neutral color scheme, you have lots of options for making the space pop. The stove is one area where you can get creative with colors and materials. One idea is to paint the range hood a bold color. If that’s out of your comfort zone, then think about adding a glass or tile backsplash on the stove wall.

Homeowners are going to be painting their cabinets all sorts of colors in 2016. It’s a great way to add simple style to your otherwise plain kitchen. The good news is that neutral kitchens will never go out of style, so you can always switch up the interior design with any different combination of these ideas.

Living Room

An off-white living room can be gorgeous if you put in the effort. If done right, you'll create a space that’s lovely and inviting, instead of cold and lifeless. The key in the living room is to focus on integrating architectural details, charming furniture and brilliant fixtures.

Painting the living room walls off-white and installing a neutral fireplace will draw the right amount of attention to the eye when walking in the room. Display a few plants and add some greenery in a neutral family room to generate a sense of calmness and peacefulness.



The color of the year is perfect for a bedroom because off-white and neutrals instantly creates a clean, tranquil and still atmosphere. This is exactly what you want so you can get a good night’s sleep.

It’s easy to forget that you can take any color to the next level by simply adding textured surfaces to a room. Some ideas include embroidery, mirrors and glass. Incorporating these details will get you texture and sparkle all in one. Layers of neutrals and different shades of off-white will add depth and complexity to an otherwise basic color. Also, gold accents look gorgeous with off-white.

Here’s a list of a few items you should consider incorporating when decorating with an off-color scheme in the bedroom.

  • Bedding & Blankets
  • Lamps
  • Furniture
  • Canopy
  • Paint & Artwork
  • Doors
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Carpet
  • Area Rugs
  • Tile

I also like the idea of installing dark hardwood floors in an off-white bedroom. These two elements combined bring a chic elegance to a room that’s hard to ignore.



Instead of using stark white paint, consider painting and decorating in neutral whites, grays and browns. This color palette will create a warm and homey environment and won’t go out of style as quickly as bright and bold color trends tend to do. 

I love the idea of painting wood cabinets or a wood vanity an off-white and adding brushed nickel hardware. Painting is a great DIY project and a budget-friendly way to instantly upgrade your home. Neutral paint will not only brighten up a room, but it’ll make it look bigger too!


White spaces can oftentimes feel cold and uninviting in your home, but this can easily be avoided by implementing these decorating tips. If you’re unsure about how you want to use off-white in your home, start small and slowly build on what’s working. However you end up decorating your home in the coming year, have some fun experimenting and rearranging!

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