Color of the Month: Wabi-Sabi

by Quinn Larson

September is the month when summer winds down and the air becomes slightly more crisp, clean and free from humidity. The subtle, nature-inspired beauty of Behr Wabi-Sabi T18-10 is as peaceful as a September afternoon of skipping river rocks while strolling along a stream. Subdued natural beauty and tranquility are the stars of this month, which is why we’ve chosen Wabi-Sabi as the Color of the Month.

Wabi-Sabi on the exterior of a home adds the right touch of warmth to make the structure seem more inviting and cozy before even stepping foot inside. Accent a Wabi-Sabi exterior with white window and door trim to frame this modern classic hue. Wabi-Sabi works well with slate-toned shingles and serves as an excellent backdrop for partial stone facades in shades of tan, gray, red and brown.

Indoors, Wabi-Sabi works its magic in virtually any room. On dining room walls, this hue brings a sense of tranquility whether the room is decked out in dark or light accents.  Darker, richer tones such as espresso or black and medium wood tones also look stunning in a Wabi-Sabi dining room. Soften the space a bit with a woven natural-fiber area rug beneath the dining table.

Wabi-Sabi walls make a great backdrop for an eclectic living room. The subdued browns, reds and oranges in a Southwestern throw pillow add a sense of excitment to the space, tying the entire look together.

A tranquil bathroom is an ideal bathroom, which is why Wabi-Sabi works so well as a wall color here. Give the bathroom the vibe of a spa in a favorite saltwater vacation destination by painting the walls Wabi-Sabi. Medium wood cabinets and neutral tile flooring add an earthy, tranquil vibe to this sacred space.

For more trend color inspiration see our 2018 Color Trends Article

Colorfully yours,

Quinn

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