Decorate With Brown: Afraid?

Afraid of brown?  Feel indifferent about it?  Hate it?  Love it?  Considering it?  Well, I hope you may at least be considering it.  Yes, yes, I know its often viewed as plain.  That's really a cultural view that has wrongly evolved in western countries, such as the United States.  This is so unfortunate.  The various shades of Brown, adored by nature, is reflected in many of the most beautiful natural landscapes, animals and birds in the world. 

Zion National Park from GloHoliday and found on Pinterest

Zion National Park from GloHoliday and found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

The above image as you can see is from HGTV.  I love its description for this room and will quote it here:

Layered Interest

When designing an interesting space, layering can add visual interest to a room. Unified by color, a mixture of stripes, patterns and solids are all displayed in this sitting area. It’s important not to focus on each piece individually, but to understand how they all work together collectively. Design by Donovan Swick
— HGTV.com
This gorgeous Christmas setting was found on Thrift Decor Chick Blogspot.com

This gorgeous Christmas setting was found on Thrift Decor Chick Blogspot.com

If brown is your favorite color, your are definitely a wonderful person.  Well, that's at least how your personality traits are summed up  from Empower Yourself With Color-Psychology.com.  Here are just a few traits attributed to you (the list is really much longer):

You are honest, down-to-earth and wholesome, salt of the earth people with both feet planted firmly on the ground.
You are steady and reliable and quietly confident.
You are friendly and approachable, genuine and sincere.
With a personality color brown you have a keen sense of duty and responsibility - you take your obligations very seriously.

You are a home body - family and family life is extremely important to you.
You like physical comfort, simplicity and quality.
You are a loyal and trustworthy friend, supportive and dependable.
You are sensitive to the needs of others and sensitive to criticism by others.
— ...Color Psychology.com

I once painted guest bedroom walls the color of Hershey chocolate, from Ralph Lauren paint collection.  The name has since changed since he now offers a range of this very rich color.  The trim was painted a very light caramel. 


Let's look at more wonderful examples of decorating with brown.

From House Beautiful article on Bay Area Browns

From House Beautiful article on Bay Area Browns

Also from House Beautiful article on Bay Area Browns

Also from House Beautiful article on Bay Area Browns

From Zuniga Interiors Z For Zebra

From Zuniga Interiors Z For Zebra

From annsliee pillow collection

From annsliee pillow collection

Are you now interested in brown?  But maybe you're wondering what colors would work well with it. Just about any other color.  In the mixing of paint pigments, brown consists of equal parts yellow and red and varying part of blue for intensity.  These are the primary colors.  As you saw above, brown comes in a wide range of hues.  Personally, I love the deep rich browns contrasted with whites and cream which makes both colors dramatic.  Some browns appear flat and perhaps this is why some consider it boring.  But I find that this often happens when brown is not paired with another color in the right hues.  Sorry, I try to stay away from the bad examples so will not show them here. 

An excellent source for developing a color palette with brown can be found on Design Seeds.com.  I really love this one for showing the range of other colors that love being with brown.

So have I inspired you to consider the color brown or have I helped to confirm your desire to use brown?  Would love to hear from you - xo