Behind the Color Brown
If you want a color that encourages your family and friends to slow down and relax, brown can be the solution to your problem. A weighty and robust color, brown represents nature and natural materials.
Use brown to highlight stronger colors like lime green or orange, or to tone down a room. Brown gives you an earthy richness that makes a room feel warm and inviting.
"Brown is less harsh than black, so I'll use a creamy vanilla white for the walls with a deep-brown bronze color for the crown molding," says interior designer Shannon Kaye. "The look is modern and elegant and the combination shows off artwork and sunny spaces beautifully."
"Brown is the color of wood, which is a stable color that we inevitability have in our homes," says Elaine Ryan. "What we need to do is counterbalance all that brown with another shade on the wall."
Brown comes in many different tones and shades, and offers the kind of variety you need for both the interior and exterior of your home. Medium-toned brown molding looks inviting when combined with muted sage-green walls.
Mix things up by painting your walls a rich chocolate brown to create a sophisticated backdrop for neutral accessories. Brown can be paired with burgundy for a swank dining or living room, or used with pale aqua to create a lighter and airy feel.
"Contrasting light and dark and mixing textures is how you want to use brown," explains Kaye.
Cafe Kitchen Design
When we think of brown in the context of drinks, javas, espressos, and cappuccinos come to mind. Using coffee cabinets and milky-white subway tiles creates an inviting combination for a modern, industrial design. Designed by Randy Weinstein
The St. John's Wort of Color
Brown calms us, which is why it's a great choice for high-traffic areas. Using different shades of wood adds architectural dimension and a contemporary flair to this kitchen. Designed by SPG Architects
Warm and Inviting
Casual and relaxed, this family gathering space is designed for a gourmet chef, yet approachable for the novice cook. Copper elements add a touch of elegance. Designed by Lori Dennis
Ways to Create a Down-to-Earth Space With Brown
- Soft browns like beige, flax or linen can add warmth to the walls of a kitchen.
- Mixing cool blue with dark brown evokes the feel of the earth and sky.
- Combine a masculine brown with a feminine color, like a light purple, to add softness in a space.
- Brown and pink is a natural color combination (think cherry blossoms) that's well-suited for a young girl's bedroom.