We all dream of living in an elegant, cozy oasis. This is precisely why we spend so much time figuring out which colors are perfect for our interior.
With living rooms and similar common spaces where everyone clings to their own ideas, things get really bad, and the decision takes almost as long as the joint decision.
People spend thousands of dollars on “holy cause”, unsure what to do, and are often frustrated with the outcome. They regret that they haven’t done anything easier.
Well, there is a trick to please everyone without combining the unmatchable: use brown!
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The brown interior design is impressive for hosts and guests as it symbolizes the earth and the fact that we live on it. The use of brown in your interior speaks to the fact that you are a warm and welcoming person. This is exactly how you want your space to feel.
In addition, if you use brown in your interior, you can use many other colors and have a wide range of shades and nuances. You can go all the way from light beige to dark espresso to make the place comfortable so you can forget about the constraints and restrictions that other colors impose.
Here are some useful tactics to know before decorating with brown:
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The advantage of using monochromatic shades of brown is that you don’t have 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 are aiming for is forest-like comfort. The best way to achieve this is to surround yourself with cavernous heavy wood and avoid shiny and threatening surfaces.
One idea for a stunning backdrop is to use a brown accent wall as a backdrop for light furniture, as fresher hues can really help make small spaces look calm and clean.
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Tone-on-tone patterns and multiple textures can help you break the monotony without rethinking or investing a lot.
Tone-on-tone patterns are the hallmark of contemporary homes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look equally good in modern homes.
Brown’s rustic nature
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Rustic houses in mountainous and rural areas are just perfect for a brown setting as there are many natural materials and accessories to decorate them with.
River rocks, flagstones or chimneys are already great in their brownness and look absolutely stunning when you combine them with chestnut, sand or gray tails for depth and warmth. Remember that the best colors to choose from are those that already exist in nature.
The historic feel of brown walls
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As mentioned earlier, a brown accent wall is the perfect choice for lighter, tastefully chosen furniture, but you need to be very careful with them.
Try to balance between being too subtle and overwhelming, and complete the look with delicate moldings that give the “heritage feel” of traditional homes.
Brown is both formal and informal
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Brown is one of those rare colors that look equally stylish in urban offices and eclectic, natural bedrooms. The reason for this is that brown occurs naturally all around us and the combination with leather seats or similar textures just looks fantastic.
The availability of patterns and shades is an added benefit: you can get khaki seating, for example, and decorate it with seagrass carpets and colorful window treatments.
Brown has a wide variety of undertones
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Artificially, brown is created by mixing primary colors like red, yellow, and blue. A closer look at the palettes or color chips therefore shows that each shade of brown has a different undertone (a red, purple, orange, or yellow).
This gives you a lot of room for choosing accent colors, especially when you know what a good match brown is for many colors. For a beach-inspired pairing, mix warm browns with cool turquoise, while for a retro and energetic mood, use brown along with sunflower yellow or sparkling gold.
A unique and modern combination is the use of brown with purple (espresso with raisins, chocolate with lavender, etc.), and this definitely creates the most beautiful and sophisticated schemes.
Brown in your kitchen
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After developing the presence of brown in the interior, we would easily understand how this color turned out to be so popular.
It used to be a spectator, but it took over the central stage in no time, which is why we see more and more kitchens with wooden cabinets and countertops made of butcher’s blocks 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 great ideas. Animal prints shaded in brown make very meaningful statements, so you can apply them to your bathroom linen, pillows or carpets.
At the same time, you can use geometric shapes such as polka dot circles, squares, zigzags or basic stripes. A timeless motif is damask, but you can also choose a cheaper variant such as lily, flowers, for any abstraction you like. Use bronze, copper, or similar metal tones for additional dimensions.
Combine it with other colors
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As we explained, brown counts towards a neutral color that leaves enough space to combine with many colors. Mixing in with pastel shades (especially pink and green) looks amazing in kindergartens, while living rooms with vibrant and light tones could be a little more lively.
The most modern solution, however, is to combine them with other neutral colors, such as dramatically dark cushions on light beige sofas.
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Attract interest in your otherwise neutral walls with plantation, art, or stained wood paneling. Use hammered copper details and rustic logs to combine creamy yellow lights, pine walls, and honey tones. Replace the upholstery with natural leather and distribute it ideally on the headboards.
In terms of texture, consider only rich settings in attractive colors such as mocha and dark chocolate. Another great idea for an earthy texture is a grass cloth wallpaper, preferably in camel, nutmeg, cinnamon or almond tones.
All of these strategies will help you make the most of Brown’s welcoming nature and add sophistication to what would otherwise look like a rustic, unfinished cabin.
Brown is the preferred choice for dining areas
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For both formal and informal dining rooms, brown accents add a pleasant, genuine sense of comfort. It can be a simple accent wall for visual interest, or it can be multiple shades of color applied to furniture and lighting fixtures.
Also think of door / furniture fittings and plumbing. There’s nothing like bronze and copper to make it more elegant!
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Brown is probably a color for the fall and winter months, but with an appropriate and colorful decoration, it looks great every other season.
In short, it’s a timeless, classic interior that you don’t have to adjust year after year. As if that wasn’t enough, you have a variety of hues and undertones to achieve any level of comfort.