Colour of the Year : Simply White

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Simply White OC-117 is Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year! Check out the inspiration spaces painted in this shade of white here.

“Layered whites, diffused light… AMBIENCE. Surrender to the complexity of white.”

“Striking contrasts, bold lines… DEFINITION. Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black.”

“White-washed walls, hand-hewn beams… TEXTURE.”

“Energizing color, crisp white borders… FOCUS. White frames and flatters.”

We are very exciting to celebrate the beauty of Simply White in 2016! This has been our #1 shade of white for over 10 years, thanks to it’s soft neutral undertones and flexibility, it can be paired with almost any color!

How are you going to use Simply White OC-117 in your home this year?

Inspiration images: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.


Designer Picks : Tegan’s Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day

For me Valentine’s Day is not celebrated with the traditional romantic one on one dinner but with a big, fun and festive dinner party with the ones I love. The emphasis is on fun and festive and I want my dinner table to reflect this. You will find no traditional Valentine’s red in my room on this day! For me it’s blues, pinks and whites to celebrate my daughters, my son and all my wonderful friends.

If you are tired of the pressure of celebrating the traditional red romantic Valentine’s Day I highly recommend shaking it up with a bit of non-tradition.

Wishing you a Happy Fun Filled Non-Traditional Valentine’s Day!

Benjamin Moore colours: Blue Lagoon 2054, Taste of Berry 2085-40 + Simply White OC-117.

Designer Picks : Laura’s Coastal Comfort

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Coastal Comfort

There is nothing more soothing than the sound of the ocean, so why not bring this coastal calmness inside your home. With the heat that summer brings, it is so nice to retreat to a cool place to relax & unwind.

Taking inspiration from the sea, Benjamin Moore created a coastal palette of colours in their 2013 trends. They have combined the relaxing & soothing colours of Stratton Blue (HC-142), Lemon Sorbet (2019-60) and Tranquility (AF-490), with the watery hue of HC-145 Van Courtland blue and the freshness of Simply White (OC-117). Together this palette gives a fresh casual look and a seaside relaxing atmosphere.

To ground this palette, add in natural accessories with lots of different textures. Try a feature wall or back a bookcase with grasscloth- the one featured above is Beijing Grasscloth from Joanne Fabrics. There are some beautiful natural reed window coverings in the Levelor blind collection for your windows and ground the room with a sisal rug. Distressed wood furniture, rope & hyacinth accessories along with the classic seaside features of glass and pottery will finish off the look.

For a pop of colour there are so many fun fabrics to choose from in the coastal palette. Don’t be afraid to mix up the patterns of fabric for pillows, or reupholster a chair or stool.

And if the relaxing seaside makes you want to nod off…..there is an oversized hammock for the porch and a perfect spot for an afternoon nap.

Product Images: All available at Mountain Home Decor in Whistler, BC. 1. Blue glass lamp, 2. White ceramic shell decoration, 3. Geo printed fabric, 4. Hyacinth drum table, 5. Steel blue hammock, 6. Mixed glass votive, 7. Textured ceramic bowl, 8. Reed window covering, 9. Green glass vases.

DIY : Pallet Coat Rack

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DIY Pallet Coat Rack


– Paint pallet

– Sand paper or a sanding sponge

– Small hooks, screws & screwdriver

– Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer

– Multiple colours of paint

We used Benjamin Moore Aura for its durability and as we are doing a coastal theme in the store display, we chose Benjamin Moore Trend Colours for 2013: Van Courtland Blue HC-145, Simply White OC-117, Tranquility AF-490, Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 & Stratton Blue HC-142.

As we also have a Benjamin Moore Paint store attached to Mountain Home Décor we have an abundant supply of paint pallets in all sizes. We chose one with five slats for our Coastal Colour Trend which has five colours.


– Sand down any rough wood that might later catch on clothing hanging.

– Give the whole pallet a coat of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer & let dry.

– Apply two coats of each colour , letting dry in between each coat.

– Attach screws – we did them at varying heights.

And hang to any wall surface and voila, you’re finished!

Designer Picks : Katelyn’s Perfect Grey & Pops of Colour


If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me for my favourite grays, I would be a rich woman. For over a year, grays and whites have been the primary selections for paint colours. Yes, I will agree it is a welcome shift after a decade of builder’s beige and coffee inspired neutrals. My issue I suppose with our new palette of neutrals is that most people are still maintaining a monochromatic approach to their interiors. While an all white interior feels crisp and open, it can also feel cold and stark. The same with an interior finished in shades of gray. It is very difficult to create depth, interest or personality in these interiors. So, how can we bring them to life and interject some individuality? Texture and most importantly colour!!

Before I dive into the stimulating world of colour and texture I feel I should start by sharing my favourite whites and grays. After all, every interior needs a good foundation. Living on the west coast, I cannot stress enough the importance of considering your climate when selecting your shade of white or gray. In Whistler with all of our rain, it is important to insure your neutral has a warm undertone. Since I personally avoid pink undertones like the plague I typically suggest interjecting a little sunshine with a yellow undertone. My go-to white for walls is Ivory White CC-130. It is creamy and crisp and has just enough yellow to keep it feeling warm. Every once in a while I do have a customer who is after an even brighter white. In that case I suggest Simply White OC-117. It still has that little hint of sunshine but is much more of a vivid white compared to the Ivory white. With regards to grays, I like to stick with warm grays. Some of my favourites are Revere Pewter HC-172 and Stonington Gray HC-170. Revere pewter being a slightly brown-based gray while Stonington is a cooler gray with a slight taupe undertone.

Once you have selected a neutral that compliments your existing finishes and lighting it is time to have some fun! I believe that a great interiors appeal to the senses. One of my favourite senses is touch. Who doesn’t love the feel of a beautiful silk, linen, soft cotton or wool? Texture is the first element that is essential in creating interest and warmth in a gray or white interior. By playing with contrasting textures you are able to create a sensory journey through your space. For example the transition underfoot from hand planed wood floors to a silk wool rug. Texture can be introduced through the use of natural materials such as wood, grasses, wool, linen and stone. The sky is the limit with regards to options and applications for such an important design element, so have fun with it! Surround yourself with elements that appeal to your senses and you will instantly feel the warmth.

Colour is the other element that is essential to making a gray or white interior successful. Bright, saturated colour is best. It pops against the gray and white adding energy and vibrancy. If vibrant colour scares you, try simply introducing colour through your décor accents, you will be amazed at the life it brings to the space. Area rugs are another great way to introduce colour, they alone can be a piece of art. If you are feeling brave and get on a roll with colour, a fun way of

introducing more is by painting a piece of furniture in a vibrant colour. While there are always trendy accent colours I say pick your favourites. Your home should reflect you and your taste. Good design comes in many forms and styles so jump in feet first and put your personality into it!

Product Images: All available at Mountain Home Décor. 1. Oak and oak veneer coat rack. 2. Bamboo shade pendant light. 3. Colourful ceramic bottle vases. 4 Eclectic interior, image from Houzz. 5. Abstract Garden 3 by Mark Lewis, custom sizing and print options available. 6. Benjamin Moore, Stonington Gray, HC170. 7. Benjamin Moore, Ivory White, CC-130. 8. Benjamin Moore, Revere Pewter, HC-172.