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