We all dream of living in an elegant, cozy haven, which is exactly why we spend so much time figuring out which the perfect colors for our interior are.
Things get really nasty with living rooms and similar shared spaces, where everybody sticks to their own ideas, and deciding takes almost the same time as it took to decide everything else together.
For the ‘sacred purpose’ people spend thousands of dollars, not really sure what they’re doing, and often end up frustrated by the result, regretting they didn’t do something simpler.
Well, there is a trick to please everybody without combining the un-combinable: using brown!
Brown interior design is impressive for hosts and guests, as it symbolizes the earth and the fact we live on it. Using brown in your interiors speaks of you being a warm and welcoming person, which is exactly how you want your place to feel.
Besides, using brown in your interiors allows you to use many other colors, and has a wide range of shades and nuances to choose from. You can go all the way from pale beige to dark espresso to make the place comfortable, so you can forget about the restrictions and limitations other colors impose.
Here are few useful tactics to know before starting to decorate with brown:
The advantage of using monochromatic brown shades is that you don’t need to guess which colors look good together and which don’t. The palette should be simple and neutral, including caramel, creamy beige, coffee, wheat, or dark chocolate.
The feeling you’ll be striving for is forest-like comfort, and the best way to achieve it is to surround yourself with cavernous heavy wood, and avoid shiny and ominous surfaces.
An idea for a stunning backdrop is to make an accent brown wall as the background for light furniture, since fresher shades can really help making small places look calm and clean.
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Tone-on-tone patterns and multiple textures can help you break the monotony, without over-thinking or heavy investment.
Tone-on-tone patterns are the trademark of contemporary homes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look equally as good in modern ones.
Brown’s rustic nature
Rustic homes located in mountainous and rural areas are simply perfect for a brown setting, since there are a lot of natural materials and accessories you could use to decorate them.
River rocks, flagstones, or fireplaces are already great in their brownness, and will look absolutely breathtaking when you combine them with chestnut, sand, or gray details for depth and warmth. Have in mind that the best colors you can choose are those that already exist in nature.
The historical feeling of brown walls
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As we already mentioned, a brown accent wall is the perfect choice for lighter, tastefully chosen furniture, but you have to be very careful with them.
Try to balance between too subtle and overwhelming, and complete the look with delicate moldings that attach the ‘heritage feeling’ of traditional homes.
Brown is both formal and informal
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Brown is among the rare colors that look equally stylish when applied in urban offices and eclectic, natural bedrooms. The reason is that brown occurs naturally everywhere around us, and pairing it with leather seating or other similar textures will look simply amazing.
The availability of patterns and shades is an additional benefit-you can get khaki seating, for instance, and decorate it with sea grass rugs and colorful window treatments.
Brown has a variety of undertones
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Artificially, brown is produced by mixing primary colors, such as red, yellow, and blue. Therefore, a closer look on the palettes or paint chips will show you that each brown shade has a different undertone (a red, violet, orange, or yellow one).
This gives you a lot of space for choosing accent colors, especially knowing what a good match brown is for many colors. For a beach-inspired pairing, mix warm brown with cool turquoise, while for retro and energetic vibes, use brown together with sunflower yellow or sparkling gold.
A unique and modern combination is to use brown with purple (espresso with raisin, chocolate with lavender, etc.), and such definitely creates the loveliest, most sophisticated schemes.
Brown in your kitchen
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Following the development of brown’s presence in interior, we’d easily understand how this color turned out to be so popular.
It used to be a bystander, but took over the central stage in no time, which is why we see more and more kitchens with wooden cabinetry and butcher block countertops every day.
Brown and neutral patterns
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A pattern can be neutral, and still look amazing, and brown makes this possible by looking at Mother Nature’s magnificent ideas. Brown-shaded animal prints make very powerful statements, so you can apply them on your bath linens, pillows, or rugs.
At the same time, you can go for geometric shapes such as polka circles, squares, zigzags, or basic strips. A timeless motif to use is damask, but you can also go for a cheaper variant such as fleur de lis, flowers, on any abstraction you like. For some extra dimension, use bronze, cooper, or similar metallic hues.
Pair it with other colors
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As we explained, brown counts for a neutral, which leaves enough room to pair it with many colors. Mixing it with pastel nuances (pink and green in particular) looks amazing in nurseries, while living rooms could use a bit more vividness with vibrant and bright tones.
The most modern solution, however, is to pair it with other neutrals, as for instance dramatically dark pillows on light beige sofas.
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Attract interest towards your otherwise neutral walls with plantation-style, art, or stained wood trims. Use hammered copper details and rustic logs to match creamy yellow lights, pine walls, and honey tones. Replace the upholstery with natural leather, spreading ideally to the headboards.
In terms of texture, consider only rich settings in attractive colors such as mocha and dark chocolate. Another excellent idea for an earthy texture is grass-cloth wallpaper, preferably in camel, nutmeg, cinnamon, or almond shades.
All of these strategies will help you make the most of brown’s inviting nature, and to add sophistication to what would otherwise look like a rustic, unfinished cabin.
Brown is the preferred choice of dining areas
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Both for formal and informal dining rooms, brown accents provoke a pleasant, genuine feel of comfort. It can be a simple accent wall for visual interest, or multiple shades applied on furniture and lighting fixtures.
Have this in mind also for door/cabinetry hardware and plumbing, there is nothing like bronze and cooper to make them more elegant!
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Brown is thought to be a color for fall and winter months, but with appropriate and colorful decoration it will look good in every other season.
Shortly explained, it is a timeless, classic interior choice that you won’t need to adjust year per year, and as if this was not enough, you have a multitude of shades and undertones to invoke any degree of comfort you want.