As Jennifer Ott from Houzz reports, paint manufacturers and color forecasters are predicting that off-white will be the trending paint color for 2016. A benefit of using the hue? According to the article, those "barely there, wispy hues" are "a good choice if you need to boost the light in a space" and can add much needed blank space amongst bold colors.
As Ott writes, "white spaces can often feel cold and sterile, but you can counteract this if your space has striking architectural details and charming furniture, fixtures or accessories. In fact, the white wall color allows these details to take center stage where a vibrant color would be too distracting."
A final benefit is that using neutral tones mean that a space "won't feel dated as quickly as one clad in vibrant trendy colors," something to keep in mind if you plan on painting in the near future.