Color of the Month: Dusty Lilac
by Diana Olvera
February is the month of cozy time spent indoors, cuddling up with a favorite read and a cup of cocoa. As the days get longer, the western evening sky delights with soft hues of orange, pink and lilac. February is also a time of sharing sweet treats, such as the timeless classic, conversation hearts. Behr color Dusty Lilac N110-1 calls to mind the light lavender hue that adorns these candies, store decorations and gifts shared during this season, which is why we’ve selected it as a Color of the Month.
Dusty Lilac offers welcoming, peaceful energy when used on living room walls in place of white. Paired with furnishings in subtle gray, silver and white tones, the colors seem to blend for a dreamy, ethereal vibe in this warm, soothing space. This color combination works just as well with contemporary or retro-inspired room styles.
In the dining room, Dusty Lilac walls make the room feel spacious, open and airy, setting the tone for pleasant conversations over brunch. This color works wonders in a room with dark wood floors, as it brightens up the space a bit. A sideboard in a smoky navy blue hue offers storage while also making an artistic statement. Round out the space with white door trim, soft gray doors and a dining set in white and silver or gray.
Dusty Lilac is just as lovely on half a wall as it is over every wall surface in a room. Paint the lower half of the walls in lilac, the top white for a look that suits just about any space. A Mid-century sideboard in white and wood tones looks striking against this lilac backdrop. Adorn the top of the sideboard with accent pieces in deep blues, whites, mellow lavenders and grays.
The kitchen is another place to explore the wonders of Dusty Lilac. This soft shade works particularly well as a contrasting tone for an alcove or nook area offset from the rest of the room. Create a soothing yet creative environment by outfitting the lilac space with furnishings in dusty pastel hues, such as a mellow aqua sideboard or set of storage drawers, topped with ombre glass bowl in shades of sea or sky. A watercolor artwork featuring subtle expressions from gray to lilac to blue turns this space into a relaxing area that’s also well-suited for a home office or a place to read the latest library find.
Showing off a completely different approach to color, a Dusty Lilac bathroom ceiling sets the stage for a relaxing, luxurious spa day at home. A black and white theme creates a luxe look in this sumptuous space outfitted with a black and white clawfoot tub, black vanity and black wall sconces against a white backdrop.
Dusty Lilac is an excellent choice for bedroom walls, creating a relaxing environment that’s just as soothing at night as it is when first waking up. It even works well a space with variations in architectural details, such as an attic bedroom with a sloped ceiling and beadboard walls. Paint the focal wall behind the bed in Dusty Lilac, as well as the areas decked out in beadboard, leaving the areas sloping towards the ceiling white. Add artwork with pops of bright color, such as cobalt blue, to create a point of visual interest.
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