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Brown Goes Beyond Basic


The Beauty Of Brown || Main ingredient or sidekick, this earthy hue creates calm comfort

Brown is one of those hues that is so ubiquitous, there are times when you may not notice it’s there. When it comes to furniture and interior décor, brown is most likely part of your color scheme already, even if it’s unintentional – it’s on everything from wood floors and kitchen cabinets to upholstery and area rugs. Because brown is such a comfort-inducing, tried-and-true neutral, it mixes easily with most styles, from traditional and farmhouse to industrial and glam elements. Your wood furniture likely boasts one or many tonal variations of brown that can go from warm and reddish to cool and greyish. Brown upholstered furniture works especially well as an anchor for any room, whether it’s deep chocolate or easy-to-coordinate beige or tan. And, few furniture pieces surpass the luxury of a cozy leather sofa, chair or sectional in a rich shade of brown. Color-wise, brown mixes effortlessly with white or ivory for a clean country farmhouse look; with black for sophisticated glamour; with silver metal accents for an industrial vibe; and with blue for a breezy coastal feel. For a bolder twist, try mixing it in textile form or on accent pieces with pink, mustard yellow, purple, green, turquoise or pumpkin orange, and you’ll discover brown can go way beyond basic.

Comfort-inducing, tried-and-true brown mixes easily with most decor styles

Living Rooms || One of the most enduring living room styles is a mix of calm neutrals in brown hues. This monochromatic color scheme usually starts with a brown, tan or beige upholstered sofa, and relies on a mix of textures and finishes to give it more visual interest and comfort. Add elements of black and white on an area rug, artwork or curtains to give it more sophistication, and bring in green plants for added natural beauty. To create a more eclectic look, begin adding colors using an intricately patterned area rug, a colorful accent chair or toss pillows, accessories, and personal accents to make the space uniquely yours.

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Dining Rooms || The warmth of brown makes it a homey and appetizing choice for dining spaces. Make it farmhouse fresh with a two-tone brown and white dining set. For a twist, use chairs upholstered in an eye-catching blue fabric or something with a colorful pattern. Brown works especially well with spice tones like yellow, red, and orange, or other earth tones such as green and grey.

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Bedrooms || Natural hues work especially well in bedrooms, including brown, taupe, tan, and cream to create a relaxed palette that’s conducive to a good night’s sleep. Make your bed the focal point, perhaps with a rich chocolate or espresso wood finish. A brown wooden bed with a cream upholstered headboard will be equally soothing. You can keep it monochromatic with neutral-hued coordinating furniture pieces, and bedding in beautiful textures for added comfort. If you prefer something more dramatic, blend in metallic accents in the form of a nightstand, bed or chest. Metallic lamps, colorful toss pillows or a bold patterned throw placed at the foot of your bed can add an eye-catching element to the space.

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