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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.