The Beauty of Brown

Brown is an often overlooked, underused color. What can brown do for your home? Check out these pictures and find out.

angular lines softened by living room furnishings

Welcome Home

Various woods and leathers meld to create a welcoming mood in this cozy living room in shades of brown. Designer Judith Balis suggests: \"Calm the eye by breaking up harsh angular lines of architectural features with soft curvy pieces and accessories like these opposing camel-backed sofas and round copper mirror.\"

bedroom color palette creates restful scene

Brown Bedroom

Different shades of brown can work very well together, even in the same furniture piece like this custom chair. Design by Darla Blake. Photo by Dan Steinberg.

Artwork, Subdued Lighting Create Illusion of Depth in Dining Room

Wood Paneling Revisited

This isn't your grandmother's wood paneling. These rich panels delineate a dining room and offers a sleek, neutral backdrop for the eye-catching modern painting. Design by Christopher J. Grubb. Photography by Scott Mayoral.

Bathroom Beauty

Warm colors make a small bathroom seem larger. Create a sophisticated look like this one by mixing rich woods with a granite countertop and rich salmon accessories. Design by Beth Haley.

wooden dinette with built in cabinet

Rich Kitchen

To lighten a room filled with rich wood tones, incorporate a contrasting color. Here, a tiled wall and white pottery do the trick. Design by Beth Haley.

southwestern inspired kids playroom

Create a Scene

Create a Southwestern feel by mixing various shades of browns with terracotta, rust red and a touch of turquoise or pull colors from Native American artwork such as a tapestry or beaded piece. This space calls for relaxation and play — no matter your age. Design by Beth Jones.

stylishly appointed home office

Get to Work

A great place to design with the color brown is in a home office. For a touch of the unexpected and exotic, pull in a pattern, like an animal print. Design by Ammie Kim.

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