Jul 15 2011
Brown may seem like a dull color for decorating, but it can be livened up in so many ways. When you think brown just think of the expansive spectrum of colors within the family. Sand and cream shades, copper, beige, chocolate brown and even gold tones all stem from the world of brown. If your decor is based on brown and you want to brighten things up a bit, this article offers plenty of easy tips.
Contrast with light colors
Nothing is more beautiful than chocolate brown leather furniture, but it can make a room look dark if you aren’t careful. To offset the deep shade of brown, use accents that include white or ecru. White window treatments brighten up the room.
Consider painting the walls ecru to make the room look more open and spacious. Soft white throw pillows and casually placed accent rugs on wood floors add contrast and interest.
Ever considered pink and brown?
Mauve shades are beautiful and rich when combined with brown, especially in a bathroom. If you have chocolate brown towels and a matching bath rug, throw in some interest with a mauve and white shower curtain.
If your bathroom is large, consider a dark wood vanity topped with pink or mauve and white accents. A white glass vase filled with pink flowers adds a punch of color. Overall, use brown tones as the base adding small touches of mauve, white and pink for the best effect.
Animal prints with leather
Back in the living room, leather prints such as leopard look fabulous with chocolate brown furnishings if you like an exotic appearance. Throw pillows, blankets, rugs and even pictures can bring the look together.
With this decorating theme, brass or gold picture frames, candle holders and other accents add an occasional bright touch.
Love a warm, relaxed look?
If a comfortable, inviting look is what you’re after, decorate using other warm colors found in nature. A brown sofa and love seat look beautiful with burnt orange, golden yellow, green and rusty red shades.
A large sand colored area rug is beautiful with brown furnishings when edged in bold stripes of burnt orange, red, country blue and green. Use these colors throughout your decor in throw pillows, candles, wall art and more.
Brown and blue is another beautiful combination, and one that is perfect for those who prefer a modern look. Light blue geometric or abstract patterns splashed on throw pillows and other accents liven up the look, adding a contemporary appeal.
As you can see, there are dozens of ways to liven up a home that is based on brown shades. Don’t throw out your furniture – just add a few accents, paint the walls and you have an entirely new look!
Use your imagination and create a look that is uniquely yours. Nearly any colors work with brown, so have fun decorating your home with color.