What’s not to like about brown? It’s warm, inviting, and reminds us of nature’s bounty and beauty. Not only that, it’s easy for decorating with brown because it comes in about a million hues.
The only problem when you decorate with brown is there can be too much of a good thing. Brown is one of the most popular neutral colors, but if one doesn’t take the time to consider all elements of a brown color scheme, a space filled with brown can quickly become boring.
When decorating with browns, consider these tricks and tips to create an interior space that reflects the best of brown; comfort, style and class.
Brown is one of the most popular neutrals in home decorating and decor and can work well in a monochromatic or one-color color scheme. This tone-on-tone color palette is very popular in contemporary styles but can work equally well in more traditional homes.
When using brown in a space, choose a variety of browns in varying shades and textures to create contrast and interest. For example, pair a rust-colored nubby fabric pillow with a khaki linen throw across a chocolate brown, smooth leather chair.
Combining pops of color with brown help keep this neutral from becoming boring. Try mixing brown with complementary cool colors like blues, teals, pinks or purples.
Most shades of browns are considered neutral colors. Even the darkest chocolate brown can be used as a neutral, much like black. However, remember that the darker the brown, the more it becomes the star of the show, while the lighter tans tend to showcase the other elements of a space.
Brown can vary from cool to warm on the color scale. The cooler browns will have more red or blue in them, while the warmer browns will have more of a yellow or orange undertone.
What you should remind when decorating with brown; remember that wood furniture, flooring and other “browns” in a space are considered part of the color scheme. Though it was once popular to match the wood tones in a space, this is no longer the case. Try contrasting wood tones – for example, dark wood flooring with lightly-colored wood furniture – for a striking combination.
Burlap fabric is naturally a wonderfully warm brown shade with great texture, and is much less expensive than linen. With care, this fabric can work well in home decorating. When shopping for brown fabrics, look also for unbleached muslin and osnaburg, which look great and cost less than $5 per yard.
Ivory or cream-colored molding in a space will soften the edge of brown, khaki or tan walls and lend a toned-down, more traditional look. However, if you prefer a more contemporary or transitional look, try painting your trim a cool or bright white. This will make your warmly colored walls – and your molding – pop.
Brown is reminiscence of our earth, so earth-friendly shades work wonderfully well with brown. Try when decorating with brown, combining brown with fern or sage greens, sky blues, sunflower yellows, rusts and other earthy colors for a warm and inviting color scheme. Since brown is such a nature-loving color, brown pairs well with natural elements such as woven baskets, aged woods, stone, leather, metals and glass, which is pretty much everything.