Color of the Month: Soft Focus

by Quinn Larson

November is the month when we migrate indoors, prepping for cooler weather and spending time seeking cuddly comfort and warmth. Behr’s Soft Focus T18-09 is the perfect reflection of the simplicity and tranquility that are oh so important in life — especially before the holidays — which is why we’ve chosen this pleasing white hue as our Color of the Month.

Soft Focus T18-09

A coat of Soft Focus on the exterior of a home keeps things simple, stylish and stunning. Soft Focus makes an excellent backdrop for wrought iron hinges on barn-style doors or for just about any dark shutter color. Add white plant pots fitted with regal red or purple flowers for a spot of striking beauty.

Behr 2018 Color Trends

Featured color: Soft Focus T18-09

Soft Focus sets a peaceful tone for the entire home when used on entryway walls. This color works equally well with modern or classic decor or even combinations of the two. Add a wooden bench, vintage tin or steel storage bins and black-framed artwork featuring natural elements to enhance the tranquil vibe. Silvery gray, distressed wood flooring looks especially nice against a Soft Focus backdrop.

2018 Behr Color trends

Featured colors: Soft Focus T18-09, Carbon N520-7

Soft Focus also serves as a great backdrop for an eclectic yet subdued dining or lounging room outfitted with an array of seating options. Outfit the room with assorted chairs and stacks of floor pillows in espresso tones, grays and soft beige hues, paired with several patterns to add visual texture.

2018 Behr Color trends

Featured color: Soft Focus T18-09

A white garage or workshop doesn’t have to be boring. Set the stage for a fun, inviting environment with Soft Focus on the walls, then add an apple green pegboard, robin’s egg shop stool and colored glass accents in the windows. This just may become your new favorite hangout space.

2018 Behr Color trends

Featured colors: Soft Focus T18-09Riesling Grape PPU9-06Flaming Torch PPU3-03

Add Soft Focus to a pink nursery or toddler’s room to tone things down a bit, making the space more peaceful and perfect for sleep. Add gray poufs and stuffed animals, followed by a few white fabrics for a cohesive calming space.

2018 Behr Color trends

Featured colors: Soft Focus T18-09, Positively Pink T18-01

In an adult’s bedroom, Soft Focus adds to a relaxing yet glamorous environment, no matter what the style. From an upholstered headboard to a chic chandelier, Soft Focus helps tie the look of the room together. Add crisp white elements such as a down comforter and nightstand lamps to complete the look.

2018 Behr Color trends

Featured color: Soft Focus T18-09

Go for total tranquility in a bathroom by painting the walls in Soft Focus. This versatile shade works equally with white tiles, wooden elements such as a vanity and even black or darkened bronze hardware.

Featured colors: Soft Focus T18-09, ULTRA PURE WHITE

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Colorfully yours,


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