Here we explore what colors go good with brown for interior design including living room, kitchen, dining room and bedroom ideas.
The color brown is often perceived to be dull, boring or lackluster. However, when it comes to interior design, this warm neutral shade is considered to be one of the most versatile colors in the palette. Naturally inviting, cozy and dramatic, the color brown can open up a lot of design possibilities not only in interior applications but also in architectural use as well.
There are so many colors that go well with brown and combined with the right shades, the color brown can help produce some of the most elegant and appealing spaces in a home.
Below we give you our very own ultimate guide on some of the best colors that match well with brown, along with some tips on how you can use them wisely in creating a spectacular color scheme for your home.
Colors That Go With Dark Brown
Dark brown is created by combining the colors of red, yellow and black. Brown is essential for any artist’s palette, and for this reason it can be combined with a variety of colors with great results. Here are some of the best colors that go with dark wood furniture, dark brown walls, dark brown couches and dark brown countertops:
White and dark brown will always be a classic combination. Paired together, a crispy, bright shade of white can easily enhance the visual appeal of a dark shade of chocolate brown. The simplicity of these neutral shades can create a clean contrast, whole balancing out each other’s starkness.
White furniture and furnishings set out against a dark brown wall can also be used to bring in traditional charm to a space. It produces a warm and welcoming ambiance, can bring a luxurious feel to a room and adds just the right amount of drama to a space.
This classic pair works for a majority of interior design styles — from traditional to contemporary and modern. You can see this color scheme widely used in Asian inspired spaces, particularly those with a Zen theme.
If you are working with a dark brown wall, you can introduce white through your furniture and soft furnishings like linens, curtains, throw pillows, bedding and drapery. If you want to make take this timeless color palette up a notch and give it a more modern update, use printed and patterned fabrics in the same color combination.
Color combinations to try : Cotton white and chocolate brown, hickory brown and white
Gold & Beige
The color gold in itself is rich, bold and opulent, but another one of its standout characteristic is its high versatility. Gold can be combined with almost any dark shade of color to create a dramatic palette for a space.
For those who find the color gold too overwhelming and bold, one of the best ways to tone down this color is by combining it with a dark shade of brown. Combing the bright and charming characteristics of gold with the warmth of dark brown can instantly make your home feel lively, refined and sophisticated.
To pull off the perfect look using the gold and dark brown color palette, you can opt for accessories with gold undertones such as table lamps, metallic furnishings and accents and set it up on room with a dark brown background or furniture. A less assertive beige color is another way to create a cohesive design with many different shades of brown.
Color combinations to try : Gold and chocolate brown, gold and walnut
Copper is one of the best options you can explore if you are looking for an alternative to gold. Nowadays, copper is considered to be one of the hottest colors in the interior design scene. You can find a myriad of accessories, home decor and furnishings in this color. Some manufacturers even produce kitchenware and appliances in copper. So you can be sure that if you opt to go with this color palette, it won’t be that hard to source your materials.
Copper exceptionally works well as a complementary color for dark shades of brown. The red undertones of copper offsets the heaviness of brown. Dark chocolate brown combined with a rich shade of copper can bring warmth to a room and create an inviting and welcoming atmosphere. This unique color combination is also very trendy and stylish and can be used for contemporary and modern style homes.
Copper also gives off a very energetic vibe. With its lively mood, you can easily brighten and liven up the mood of a bland shade of brown. This color also works well as an accent for brown monochromatic color schemes.
If you are looking for a lighter alternative to copper, you can also try Rose Gold as an accent color. Rather than having bright reddish undertones, rose gold has softer undertones which are pinkish to almost peach. This color also complements dark brown shades as well and can help bring in a stylish and feminine vibe to a space.
Color combinations to try : Copper and chocolate brown, copper and coffee brown
The color green, in general, is also a perfect pair for brown, but the lighter shades works best with a dark tint of brown. This soothing combination can easily bring in an organic feel to a space while also creating a restful yet welcoming ambiance.
One of the best light shades of green to pair with dark brown is Mint. Subtle, relaxing shades of mint green can easily balance the heaviness of a dark shade of chocolate brown. Together, this restful combination can lend an incredible air of sophistication to any type of space, whether it may be a bedroom, living room, dining room or kitchen.
A room that is dominated by dark wooden furniture, a dark leather sofa or a chocolate brown accent wall, can also feel too masculine, and an easy way to tone it down is to use mint green. Mint green is often perceived as a “feminine color” because its a soft, pastel shade. When paired with a dark shade of brown, mint green produces a mellow mood and a refreshing vibe. You can use this invigorating color combination to spruce up a traditional space.
Color combinations to try : Mint and umber brown, mint and dark chocolate brown
Turquoise & Teal
The perfect mixture of pale green and blue, turquoise and teal are best known for their calming yet uplifting mood. These colors are among the trendiest palettes of the season. Both of these shades of blue green pair well with any tone of brown, from light mocha to dark chocolate.
Turquoise, the lighter shade among the two, blends well with dark brown and works best when used in spaces that need to have a relaxing and calming vibe, such as living rooms and bedrooms. Dark brown and turquoise complement each other well and can be used for a variety of design styles, from vintage to contemporary. This color pairing can also be used if you want to bring in a fresh and summery vibe to your home.
If you are looking for something less feminine, another variation of turquoise is Teal. Teal, compared to turquoise is darker and is almost` similar to medium blue green. It has a richer and deeper tone that works well in adding drama to a color palette of a space. This versatile shade can be paired with any shade of brown, whether light or dark. Just like turquoise, teal combined with a dark shade of brown can be used for color schemes of rooms in various interior design styles — from traditional to modern.
Color combinations to try : Umber and teal, dark chocolate brown and teal, hickory and turquoise
Colors That Go With Light Brown
Whether you use a light shade of tan, sand, khaki or tortilla for the walls, furniture, floors or countertops, here are some of the best colors to pair with light brown:
As previously mentioned white and brown work cohesively together to create a soothing interior design. Adding white can help brighten up the space and creates a luxurious look.
This attractive home office pairs brown paint with white wainscoting with great results. Matching wood flooring, desk and shelving gives the design a cohesive look.
The color blue, in general, is very calming and relaxing — in fact, this color is often associated with peace. When used in interior spaces, the color blue has the ability to create an appeasing atmosphere. It is one of the best colors to use in spaces where a relaxing ambiance is needed, like bedrooms, living rooms and studies.
Blue is also one of the best colors to pair with light shades of brown. The cool tones in blue harmonize perfectly with the dark, warm undertones of brown. Blue can also help tone down the heaviness of brown and make it more easy on the eyes. Together, this lovely combination can be used to create modern and sleek spaces which are very stylish and trendy. See more bedroom paint color ideas here.
Blue and light brown color schemes are very versatile and flexible. It can be applied to both traditional and modern spaces, or you can use it for eclectic styles to achieve the perfect balance of contemporary and classic. This subtle color combination is also gender neutral, which means you can use it for boy’s or girl’s bedrooms. Because it is peaceful and very calming, it is also ideal for nurseries and won’t overwhelm the senses of an infant. There really is no limit to the use of this unique match.
When choosing the right shade of blue to pair with a light brown color, you can choose from any of its tints and tones in the whole color spectrum. From a dark midnight blue, prussian or navy, to a more medium toned hue like sapphire or steel blue, and the lightest shades such as Tiffany, sky blue, powder blue and baby blue — basically, all of the varying intensities of blue work well with any type of light brown
Color combinations to try : Light mocha and navy blue, khaki and midnight blue, powder blue and khaki
If you want to heighten the drama in a space clad in dark or light brown,go with an eccentric shade of Fuchsia as your complementary colors. Rooms with shades of brown as the dominant color can easily go from bland to full of energy with the quirky hue of Fuchsia. Together, this lovely color combination results to a space that is rich, sophisticated and lively — a perfect blend of playful and formal.
Fuchsia and brown are both rich and have depth, but when combined together, they are not too overwhelming nor heavy on the eyes. Fuchsia is also a good option to pair with brown if you want to tone down the masculinity of a room. It can also easily brighten up a room that is dull and change its atmosphere.
Contrary to popular belief, fuchsia is not hard to introduce in a room’s color palette. To compose an effective brown and fuschia color palette, apply light or dark shades of brown for the cabinetry, furniture or the walls, then add in fuchsia accents through the soft furnishings, pillows, bedding, accessories and window treatments.
Color combinations to try : Fuchsia and dark chocolate brown, fuchsia and umber brown
Yellow or Mustard
Yellow is one of the brightest and most lively complimentary colors of brown. Combined with brown it can create an exceptionally cheery, energetic and bright atmosphere while also adding charm to a space. Bright shades of yellow like canary, tuscany, amber, honey, yellow gold and fire makes a room look lively and fun.
Although not as versatile as other colors, the color yellow also stands out perfectly when placed in a neutral background like brown. It can be used as an accent color in a room that is dominated by brown hues and can bring an exceptional color palette into a space. In addition, this color combination can bring together the best of both classic, traditional and modern styles.
Both light and dark shades of yellow can be combined with light brown. Aside from the bright yellow tones, some other deeper shades of yellow that can be used to complement light brown are dijon, goldenrod and ochre.
Color combinations to try : Laguna yellow, amber, khaki and dark chocolate brown
Another color which combines beautifully with brown is orange. Together, this lovely pair creates an energetic and fun vibe in a space. Orange and brown both have warm undertones to them, but when combined they produce contrast. The warmth of orange and the neutrality of brown also balance each other out, without making a space too overwhelming. Orange as an accent color also makes brown more appealing and interesting. It can also give off an artsy flair, a stylish vibe and sophisticated charm
This color combination can be used in almost any interior design style, whether it may be traditional, Asian inspired, hipster, contemporary and ultra modern. However, they work best for contemporary settings.
To effectively combine orange accents with brown in a space, introduce it as a sofa color in a room with light brown walls and wood floors. Alternatively, you can do it the other way around and use khaki brown sofas with wooden center tables and orange walls.
Some of the best shades or oranges that work well with light brown are rust, tangerine, carrot, ochre, ginger and squash. In choosing the right intensity of orange to go with brown, you can actually explore the whole spectrum of its shades – from the lightest to the darkest, to create a tasteful color scheme for your home.
Color combinations to try : Light mocha and rust orange, burnt orange and khaki
Rose is one of the trendiest colors in the design scene today. Not only is it popularly used in fashion, but also in interiors as well. Considered to be more on the feminine side, rose can be used to create color schemes that are charming, sophisticated and luxurious. This subtle shade is soft on the eyes and just looks better and better the more you look at it.
A charming shade of rose contrasts nicely with the color brown. It has the ability to tone down the warmth and masculinity of brown, while also sending out an energetic yet cozy atmosphere. Together, rose and brown blend with each other harmoniously and creates an ultra stylish and luxurious space.
This pairing works well for living rooms as well as bedrooms. Rose and brown offer versatility when it comes to design options as it can be used for a wide range of styles ranging from old age vintage to modern chic.
Other shades of rose which go well with light brown are Old rose, rose gold, mauve, rosewood, rose quartz, blush pink, dusty rose and fuchsia rose.
Color combinations to try : Old rose, taupe and khaki, mauve, gold and wheat brown
What Color Walls Go With Brown Furniture?
As mentioned earlier in this article, there are numerous options that you can explore when matching the color brown with another color. Since brown is a neutral hue, almost any color goes well with it, however, there are certain options which stand out more than the rest.
When your home is dominated by brown furniture, whether it is made of solid wood,veneered, laminated or upholstered in a beautiful brown fabric, you need to choose a complementary color which will not clash with the warm tones of brown. Just like white furniture, brown furniture pieces are versatile, but they have their own distinct aesthetic which works well with many color palettes.
So what wall color goes with brown furniture? Choosing the best paint color for brown furniture is really not that difficult.There is really no hard rule on this as design is limitless and depends greatly on ones taste and needs. However, we can give you a guide so you can narrow down your choices and find a color scheme that works for your home.
Generally speaking, the best wall colors that go with brown furniture are earth tones, neutrals and cool hues. You can choose any of the following based on the overall look you want to achieve. The first thing that you have to think about when choosing a wall paint color to match brown furniture the visual attribute that you want to stand out in the space – whether it may be contrast or harmony.
Here is a look at the best paint colors that go with brown furniture, classified according to the effect you want to achieve. You can mix and match these recommendations and apply it to the rest of the room (e.g. color of walls to go with brown floors) when brown is part of your color scheme:
Harmonizing Wall Colors for Brown Furniture
Harmony is all about making all your design elements blend in the space. If you want your brown furniture to complement with the rest of the space, opt for a paint color that belongs to the same color family — which means your choices are limited to paint colors that are at least one to two shades lighter than your furniture. Think shades of brown like khahi, light tan,sand, mocha, tortilla or taupe. These colors add to the warm, cozy atmosphere and the organic feel of the room.
For furniture pieces that are mid to dark brown in color, choose a wall paint color that is lighter to balance out the two elements. If you go with a brown paint that is the same intensity as your furniture, there is a tendency for the space to look too bland. Even if your main goal is to blend and harmonize, you do not want your brown furniture to “disappear” entirely in the space under the exact shade of wall color. A lighter shade of brown as a wall color will create perfect balance, depth and layering.
Pairing brown furniture with a brown wall paint color also creates a perfect monochromatic scheme. Varying warm tones of brown creates a space that is naturally warm, organic and inviting. You can make your color scheme more cohesive by choosing furnishings, accessories and other design elements with the same brown tone.
Aside from choosing shades of brown which are one to two shades lighter than your furniture, you can also opt for muted brown paint colors. These colors have the right tonality to them, which means they aren’t too light nor too dark, making them a perfect match for any finish of brown furniture. Statement making muted brown paint includes taupe and soft mocha.
Dark brown paint can also be explored as a wall paint color for brown furniture if you want to add more drama to a space. However, it can be a bit tricky to pull off since they have a tendency to make a room feel smaller.
Contrasting Wall Colors for Brown Furniture
Contrast is one of the key elements of interior design. This visual effect creates depth and adds a dimension to a space and can be achieved through the use of varying colors and textures. In contrast, you can visually heighten the drama in the space or tone down the warmth or coolness of color.
If you want to create contrast between your brown furniture and the walls of your home, the main principle that you have to keep in mind is to choose a paint color that comes from an entirely different family or palette. Neutrals and cool hues have good complementary tones which contrast well with both light brown and dark brown furniture.
It will also depend on the intensity of the color of the furniture, whether it is dark brown or light brown. Ideally, if your furniture is dark brown like wenge, chocolate brown or umber, it is better to opt for a lighter wall color so as not to overwhelm the space and make it too heavy on the eyes — think light neutrals and light blues and greens. While if your furniture is leaned towards a lighter shade of brown, use medium to dark paint colors — such as muted greens and blues and medium neutrals.
Cool colors are the best options which you can explore if you want to create contrast with brown furniture. Cool hues such as greens and blues are considered to be the complementary colors of brown (as yellow, the general undertone of brown is opposite to green and blue in the color wheel). Also, the color brown generally has a warm tone so it obviously contrasts with cool undertones.
Colors from the green and blue families can significantly tone down the warmth of brown furniture, without taking away the cozy and welcoming feel. These colors can help make your room feel more refreshed and calm. For walls that go with dark brown furniture, explore paints in shades of light to medium blues like powder blue, soft blue gray, turquoise and aquamarine. If you want something green, try light shades such as mint, muted greens like olive, sage,moss green and fern green. Neutrals with cool undertones can also be explored as a wall color for brown furniture. You can find white or beige paint with tinges of green or blue available in the market.
Inversely, if your brown furniture is lighter brown in color, you can use medium to dark shades of blue and green like navy, prussian, blue green or teal.
Neutrals like white, beige, cream, greige and gray are also fail proof options for wall colors that go with brown furniture. Neutral colors are meant to compliment just about anything. The best thing about neutrals is that they go well with any type of brown furniture — whether it may be light, medium or dark toned. These colors also help build contrast when combined with brown or wooden furniture. In addition, they work well as a background and a foundation for building up your color scheme for the rest of the room. You can add any shade of accent color to the space.
White, ivory and light gray will help your brown furniture to stand out in a space. It can also make your space appear more open, visually larger, cleaner and brighter. Brown furniture which are on the darker side of the spectrum such as mahogany, ebony and espresso benefit best form neutrals since they balance each other out.
Rich earth tones, on the other hand, are unconventional choices yet effective wall colors that go well with brown furniture. These colors help heighten the drama in a space that is dominated by brown. Flushed with arm undertones, rich earth tones help make your space feel more welcoming and inviting when combined with brown furniture. Examples of rich earth tones that go with brown furniture are golds, yellows, mustard, oranges and rust and deep purples.
Although rich earth tones generally work well with both light and dark brown furniture, they can be a bit tricky to pull off, since dark wall colors have a tendency to make a room feel smaller. But when combined with the right color palette and some neutrals, it can produce an overall look that is exceptionally cozy and luxurious.
Dark brown furniture and rich earth tone wall colors are more well suited for traditional style spaces and interiors. See more living room paint color ideas here.
Decorating your Home with the Color Brown
We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to decorating with the color brown in your home. Here is our take on matching the color brown with the different elements in interior design:
Colors That Go With Brown Paneling
Paneling is one of the most iconic trademarks of period style interior design. A common feature in homes constructed during the 1960s to the 1970s, this classic decorative wall treatment is still used in traditional inspired homes.
Although wall paneling makes a house more interesting, it can sometimes make a house feel outdated. Dark brown wall paneling also has the tendency to make a room feel closed in. Wall paneling can either make or break the overall look of your home, and to pull it off perfectly, you need to match it with the right wall color.
One of the easiest ways to make brown paneling more updated is to pair it with the right wall color. Along with a good shade of paint, wall paneling can bring back the stylish flair into a space. But how do you know which colors to use when you have so many options to choose from?
For brown wall paneling, it is best to stick with neutrals and light colors. Brown paneling, specifically those that are depp to chocolate brown in color will benefit well from a light colored wall paint since this will prevent your space from looking too heavy and feeling too cramped up.
If going with neutrals, explore shades of white, beige, chiffon, linen and ivory as these are timeless choices which reflect classic inspired interior design. Soft grays are also a perfect choice if you want to update and make the space more contemporary and modern. Light shades of brown like khaki, light mocha, tortilla and light taupe are also ideal wall colors for brown paneling as they create a harmonious look and blend well in the space.
If you want more color, you can explore mellow hues and pastel shades of yellow and green. These two colors work well with brown paneling, whether in a traditional or contemporary setting. Light shades of yellow such as cream and mellow yellow ,when used as wall colors, can make brown wall paneling a more ‘happy” vibe. On the other hand, soft and muted shades of green like mint, sage, tea green and laurel, can significantly make dull brown paneling more relaxing to the eyes.
What Color Walls Go With Brown Floor?
A brown floor, whether made of wood, natural stone, ceramic tiles, vinyl or laminate, is one of the most versatile choices for flooring. It sets a flexible background where you can introduce a wide range of colors for other design elements in the space. With a brown floor, you can easily play up the colors of your furniture, furnishings and accessories.
When it comes to wall colors, there are several options which you can explore to go with a brown floor and as we have highlighted in some parts of this post, matching the color brown, whether with your walls, floor or furniture basically follows the same guideline. You can mix and match our recommendations and apply it to the different design elements in a space. You can read a more detailed overview on this under the subtopics “Colors That Go With Dark Brown”, “Colors That Go With Light Brown” and “What Color Walls Go With Brown Furniture”
To recap, here are some of the wall colors that go with brown floor:
- Neutrals like white, beige, cream and soft grays are wall colors which you can match with a brown floor, if you are looking for a soft way to create contrast and render a relaxing color scheme in the space. Neutral colors go with brown floors very well and help produce a clean, bright look while also retaining the warmth of brown floors and the coziness of the space.
- Cool colors like shades of blue and green also provide contrast if you choose them as a wall color to go with brown floor. But unlike neutrals, they bring in a pop of color to the space and give out a more refreshing vibe. A wall color in cool hues will help tone down the warmth of brown floors. In choosing the right shade, remember to go with the opposite side of the spectrum to balance out the scheme— light blue or green for dark brown floors, dark blue or green walls for light brown floor. Muted shades of blues and greens, however, can work with both light or dark brown floors.
- Shades of brown like khahi, light tan,sand, mocha, tortilla or taupe will create a harmonizing monochromatic color scheme if you choose them as wall colors for brown floors. These colors add to the warm, cozy atmosphere and the organic feel of the room. This option is ideal for both traditional, classic and contemporary styles. . In choosing the right shade of brown walls to go with brown floors, adjust the tint or tone of the wall paint to at least one to two shades lighter or darker than the floor.
- Rich earth tones like golds, yellows, mustard, oranges and rust and deep purple will warm up the space and increase drama if you choose them as wall color for a brown floor.
What Color Curtains Go With Brown Furniture?
Brown furniture is one of the most versatile furniture options when it comes to design and styling. This is basically because of its neutrality. The color brown contains a bit of each primary color, so it goes with almost any accent. A good brown furniture can easily set the foundation for building your color scheme for a room. You can create a warm palette or a cool palette, depending on the accent color that you introduce to your color scheme.
When it comes to choosing the right color of curtains to go with brown furniture, your final decision will greatly depend on the overall look you are aiming to go for in a room. The rich hues of brown furniture can fit a variety of design styles, whether it may be traditional, contemporary or modern. Brown furniture pieces are a versatile addition to a space as they can be used to set any mood — whether you are aiming for a laid back vibe to an elegant flair.
One of the best ways to create a cohesive design style and color scheme for a room is to coordinate your brown furniture with matching curtains. Here are some of the best colors of curtains that go with brown furniture:
- Neutral Colors – Neutral colors blend with everything. And yes! Including brown furniture. Neutral colors like white, beige, cream, gray or greige are a safe and fail proof option when it comes to decorating. If you are aiming for a classic look, a neutral colored curtain paired with brown furniture will give your home a timeless appeal without too much effort. If you want something casual, you can use curtains in white, cream, ivory, taupe or tan shades which have lighter fabrics. On the other hand, if you want to create a more modern look, look for neutral shade curtains that have prints on them — like white or brown geometric patterns and stripes.
White curtains combined with brown furniture are also a classic combination. Brown goes well with different shades of white – from the crisp ultra white, to a creamy off white. This is a perfect curtain-furniture color combo if you are going for a cozy, contemporary look. The two colors also pair well together because they create contrast. If you want a bit of color, white or cream colored curtains with a slight undertone of yellow will do the trick. To pull off this look, pair light brown furniture with crisp white curtains for a bright and airy feel.
- Shades of brown – You can actually pair brown furniture with brown curtains. In fact, the color brown is one of the best colors to use in a monochromatic scheme. Pairing brown furniture with brown curtains are a perfect choice if you want to create a calm, subdued and sophisticated atmosphere. Contrary to popular belief, repeating the same hue from a single color family will not make your room appear dull or bland. Keeping the same color of curtains and furniture will help create an illusion that the room is bigger than it is.
Choose the right intensity of brown to go with your furniture by simply adjusting the color of your curtains at least one to two shades lighter or darker than your furniture’s color. For example, if you have a dark brown couch, consider curtains in a lighter shade of brown, alternatively, if you have a light brown couch, go with a darker shade for the curtains.
- Warm Colors – Warm colors such as oranges and yellows blend well with shades of brown. Warm colors and browns have the same undertones and tend to energize a space. This color scheme is perfect for spaces which need to be emotionally stimulating, like living rooms, family rooms and kitchens.
Combining the earthy color of a brown furniture with the perfect shade of orange or yellow curtains create a natural look. This color combination is also ideal if you are aiming for an “autumn” inspired mood in your home. Some of the best shades of warm colored curtains to pair with brown furniture are gold, burnt orange and rust. Just remember that if you combine warm colored curtains and brown furniture, balance out your color palette by incorporating a few lighter colored pieces and accessories like neutral colored pillows and cream colored walls. This will make your room less overwhelming and dark.
- Cool Colors – Aside from warm colors, another good option for curtain colors to pair with brown furniture are cool hues. Although they belong to entirely different sides of the spectrum, cool colors compliment brown shades very well through contrast. While warm colors energize and stimulate, cool hues such as purples, blues and greens bring in a more relaxed and soothing ambiance to a room, making them more suitable for bedrooms. These colors help temper and tone down the warmth of brown and balances out the whole color scheme.
Brown furniture can be paired with light blue curtains for a more stylish flair. Curtains with a shade of purple and light brown furniture offer a more regal and rich vibe. Turquoise curtains and dark chocolate brown furniture are perfect if you want a coastal inspired space. While green draperies and brown furniture bring in a more organic look.
What Color Pillows Go With A Brown Couch?
Aside from choosing the right curtains to match brown furniture, another task that you have to decide on is the color of the pillows that will go with your ensemble. Basically, all the colors that have enumerated above such as neutrals, cool hues, warm colors and shades of brown can be used as the color of pillows to go with a brown couch.
Now that you at least have an idea of the best complementary colors for brown, the question is, how do you know which one to choose in order to create cohesive loom for a space. Here is a guide on how you can choose what color of pillows to go with a brown couch:
- Think of an overall style. The style of your room plays an important part in choosing which colors should go with your brown furniture. It is more than just matching your pillows with the couch per se, but you also need to blend it with the rest of the room. All the design elements that you put into the space, including the pillows should match the style of your room to create a cohesive overall look.
The space should have a general theme or style and this style will help you determine the colors which will be included for your palette. Design styles have more or less signature colors — period styles are often dominated by deep and rich colors, modern styles are typically neutral, Zen inspired interiors are comprise usually of two simple colors like brown and white, and so on and so forth.
- Consider the color of your brown sofa and the overall color scheme. The actual color, hue and shade of your brown couch will also pretty much dictate which colors you can use. Does your brown sofa have a deep rich chocolate brown color, is it more of a light khaki to beige or does it have a bright reddish copper tinge to it?
Aside from the exact shade of your brown couch, you also have to coordinate it with the entire room. The pillows can be the same color as the curtains, it can echo the hue of your walls, it can belong to the same color family of the other furnishings and accessories. This will ensure that the rest of the room has a harmonious palette and a cohesive look.
- Ways to match the color of your pillows with your brown couch. There are three basic ways to match the color of your pillows with your brown couch:
Stick with neutrals for a relaxing color scheme. Matching your brown couch with neutral colored pillows like white, beige, ivory or soft grays will result in a very relaxing color scheme. As we have mentioned, neutral colors are fail proof choices when it comes to design. You can never go wrong with it. Neutral pillows combined with a brown couch are a perfect choice if you want a minimalist look.
Aside from shades of white and cool grays, you can also explore shades of brown as your pillow color. Just remember that if you plan on matching a brown couch with brown pillows, opt for something which is at least one to two shades lighter or darker to make it more visually interesting.
What about black pillows, can you match it with a brown couch? The answer is yes! The color black is also a neutral shade, which means it goes well with almost anything. When matching a brown couch with black pillows, make sure to throw in a bit of light neutral pillows into the mix to balance the rest of the color scheme.
Opt for contrast by throwing in a bit of color. One of the best ways to add a splash of color to a room is through the use of accent pillows. In addition, this will also draw attention to your brown couch as it will make it stand out more in space. Shades of green, blues, yellows and oranges are some of the best pillow colors which you can match with a brown couch if you want a more lively and cheery vibe.
- Stay with shades of brown but go for a variety of textures and patterns . Include different shades and textures of pillows to make your brown couch more interesting. If you want to match your brown couch with pillows of the same shade, opt for variety whether in the patterns, textures or prints. Play up with texture by mixing brown pillows in different materials like faux letter, plush, velvet or suede. This will significantly add some visual appeal without straying away from a monochromatic color scheme.
What Color Cabinets Go With Brown Granite Countertops
Brown granite is one of the most versatile countertop materials for kitchens. When it comes to interior design and styling, pairing the color brown is fairly easy because it works with most colors due to its neutral shade. Mixing and matching cabinet colors, accessories, hardware and furnishings will be the least of your worries because there are a lot of colors which work well with brown granite countertops.
When it comes to pairing brown granite countertops with the right cabinet color, the guidelines you need to follow are practically governed by the same design principles we mentioned above, such as contrast and harmony — brown or wooden cabinets paired with brown granite countertops if you want the two to blend in the space, while if you want contrast, pair brown granite countertops with cabinets that are painted in neutrals and cool hues. See more examples of kitchens with dark wood cabinets here.
The style of your kitchen and cabinetry also plays a significant role in choosing the right color of cabinets to go with brown granite countertops. Glossy bright white cabinetry, for example are typically paired with more solid color brown granite countertops if the kitchen is contemporary and modern in style. On the other hand, distressed white or beige cabinets are often paired with rich brown granite countertops if the kitchen leans more toward the traditional style. Cool colors such as pastel blues or mellow and muted greens can be used with contemporary or cottage style kitchens.
Here is a more detailed look on the best color of cabinets that go with brown granite countertops:
White Cabinets with Brown Granite
White cabinets and brown granite is considered is classic combination in kitchen design. It is well loved by many homeowners and designers because of its perfect contrast and timeless appeal. This color combination works not only for traditional styles, but also for transitional, contemporary and even modern kitchens.
White cabinets and brown countertops go well together because they balance each other out. A kitchen dominated by brown granite countertops can sometimes look too gloomy when paired with an equally dark colored cabinetry, and white cabinetry does just the opposite — it makes your kitchen look bright, clean and visually larger.
Kitchen Colors with Brown Cabinets
The color you select to go with your brown cabinets will depend largely on their color and your personal taste. As a general rule of thumb neutral colors pair really well with all shades of brown. Colors like greens, beige’s, whites and grays are always in demand. For a rustic or warmer look you can combine brown cabinets with oranges, reds and other shades of brown. Read more about the best kitchen paint colors here.
Beige Cabinets with Brown Granite
If you find white too bright, another alternative you can explore is beige. Beige is another type of neutral but has a slightly yellowish undertone to it. Just like white kitchen cabinets, beige kitchen cabinets are also versatile and flexible in terms of decor and styling. Its neutrality works for both light brown and dark brown granite countertops.
Beige cabinets paired with brown granite countertops also produces contrast and adds depth and dimension to the overall look of the space. Although it works for most design styles, it is more commonly used for traditional and classic kitchens. Typically, beige cabinets are finished with a distressed texture to fit the traditional aesthetic. Some other variations of beige which can be paired with brown granite countertops are ivory, cream, porcelain, alabaster white, eggshell white and linen.
Light Wooden Cabinets with Brown Granite
For those who do not want the look of painted cabinetry, you can also leave your wooden cabinets in its natural finish or treat it with a wood stain. This is your best option if you want your cabinets and brown countertops to blend together and create harmony, rather than contrast. Brown cabinets and brown countertops go well together because they belong to the same color family and exhibit the same warm undertones and organic feel. Wooden cabinets when paired with brown granite countertops produces an overall atmosphere that is exceptionally warm, homey, cozy and inviting.
Light wooden cabinets are best paired with brown granite countertops that are light tan, sienna to dark brown in shade. The rich earth tones of brown granite and the streaks or speckles of black minerals which highlight the brown base color beautifully blends with light colored wood, without making the space feel too heavy on the eyes.
Although light to mid colored wooden cabinets are more ideal to pair with brown granite countertops, it does not mean that you can not use dark and deep colored wooden cabinetry. You can opt for dark wooden cabinetry if you want to heighten the drama in the space.
Wooden cabinets paired with brown granite countertops are ideal for traditional and rustic inspired kitchen settings.
House Colors To Go With Brown Roof
Some of the best house colors that go with a brown roof are:
General exterior color:
- Earthy shades of brown – Light to mid shades of brown like tan, mocha and taupe are some of the best paint colors that go with a dark brown roof.
- Muted tones – Instead of fresh and vibrant exterior paint colors, choose grayed, dulled or desaturated shades of green, blue, oranges, reds and yellows (pairs best with both light and dark brown roofs)
- Neutral colors – For exterior paint colors that go with brown roofs, choose neutral shades like beige, cream or ivory. It is best to go with shades of white that have a warm undertone. Avoid bright, ultra shades of white.
- Brick colors – Any color of brick goes well with a brown roof. You can choose from reds, oranges, yellows, and browns.
- Warm stone colors – If using stone for the sidings and the facade, choose warm hues like cream, light to mid shades of tan, shades of brown with undertones of orange or yellow (works for both light, mid to dark brown roofs). Terracotta, for example, is one of the most popular stone colors for houses with a brown roof.
- Warm colors – Colors that have a warm undertone like cream, beige and dark chocolate brown are some of the best trim colors that go with a brown roof.
Exterior House Colors That Go With Brown Trim
Since dark brown is the most common shade of brown used for trims in houses, it is best to pair it with a contrasting color to make the rest of the exterior stand out. Pairing dark brown trim with dark exterior paint colors will make the trims less visible and will most likely result to an overall look that lacks depth and visual appeal.
Some of the best house colors that go with brown trims are:
- Light to mid shades of brown – For an overall earth tone, pair brown trims with light to medium shades of brown such as mocha, tan, sand and taupe.
- Cool hues in muted shades – balance the warmth of brown trims by pairing them with muted shades of blues and greens like sage, moss green, Russian green, blue gray or pigeon blue
- Warm hues in light to muted shades – Muted shades of yellows and oranges like ochre, cider, sandstone, terracotta, amber, goldenrod yellow and trombone yellow are some of the best colors to pair with brown trims as they create an inviting overall look.
- Light neutral colors – Beiges, creams and ivory contrast well with brown trims and are perfect for almost any style.
- Cool and mid shades of gray – Light to medium shades of gray like fossil gray, smoke and cloud gray match perfectly with dark brown trims and can be used in houses that have a modern and contemporary architectural style.
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