Brown may seem mundane but not so in the world of interior design. It’s another neutral color that’s fun to play around with and can work well with every color and with any design style.
The different tones of brown have varied effects when combined with other colors. Brown can make other colors stand out, making them look richer and brighter. It can also shine a spotlight on the objects around it and even play up a room’s architectural details.
Naturally, brown injects warmth and a cozy look to a room. It also makes people feel safe, comfortable and grounded. It’s the color of choice for those who want to feel relaxed and create a bit of intimacy to their space. It’s also woodsy, rustic and can even be dramatic.
1. Brown Modern bathroom
Brown wooden tones envelop this modern bathroom from floor to ceiling, interrupted only by the large mirrors and windows. The shiplap ceiling and the linear grains on the walls and floors add a textured look while the mirrors double down on featuring the outdoor views framed by the windows.
Colors used with brown in this room: Grey and a touch of blue and green
2. Brown, grey and red home office
This Asian home office is covered in brown from floor to ceiling, interjected with accents of black. The brown walls provide a textured look against the smooth blackness of the built-in shelves. The combination also makes the brighter colors of the display items pop out while the red accent pieces inject a burst of energy.
Colors used with brown in this room: Grey and red.
3. Brown Traditional home office
This Traditional home office covered in neutrals brown, black and grey oozes in masculine appeal. The dark-stained wooden background enhances the room’s rich architectural details while painting a warm and cozy ambience.
Colors used with brown in this room: White, grey, black and a touch of green.
4. Brown living room
Different tones of brown virtually divide this living room in three horizons. The white walls, on the other hand, create a momentary break from the chocolate background while adding a contrast of light tones.
Colors used with brown in this room: Grey and a touch of yellow, blue and green.
The textured look of this Country kitchen makes it look very busy but everything is tied down with the brown and green combo. The rustic brown stone walls and terracotta tile flooring with the green cabinetry in between mimic the colors of nature. As a result, the room looks rustic and feels homey.
Colors used with brown in this room: Green, grey, yellow and a touch of black.
This Asian foyer pulls off a dramatic framing for the front door. The chocolate background highlighted by the coved coffered ceiling and panelled walls feature the symmetry and nuanced contrast of the entry. The Buddha bust in display and the painting at the opposite add visual interest.
Colors used with brown in this room: Black and white
7. Brown dining room
This stylish dining room features wood, rustic colors and chic geometric lines. There’s an interplay of contrasts and unity from the beam ceiling to the hardwood flooring. The floor lamp contrasts against the vertical clean cut lines of the shiplap walls. The black and white frames provide visual interest while the draperies look soft against the wood. And at the center of it all is the angular yet stunning dining room set.
Colors used with brown in this room: Black, grey and a touch of orange.
The 2-storey pitched ceiling takes center stage in this Farmhouse living room. The chocolate backdrop makes the white fixtures look crisp and stark while covering the space with warmth and coziness. While the room features its tall height, the warm tones of brown make the space look not as large as it actually is.
Colors used with brown in this room: White, black and a touch of grey.
This Asian home office achieves a look of Zen. Natural grains on the ceiling create a heavenly vibe while the windows exude a bright and airy feel. Terracotta flooring offset with warm tones while the red cushioned seat injects a jolt of energy. Indoor plants are the last touches for an earthy look.
Colors used with brown in this room: White, red and a touch of black, grey and green.
The light brown cabinetry which fill most of the space in this kids’ bedroom highlight the objects and brighter colors around it. Combined with the murals, they create a woodsy theme without losing the playful look. Pops of sunshiny yellow with brown also create a friendly and inviting ambience that’s perfect for children.
Colors used with brown in this room: White, green, pink and red.
Rich wooden tones of brown cover this kitchen with a cozy and homey appeal. It also makes the bulky slabs of exposed beams look not as bulky and the central island which consume much of the room don’t look too much for the kitchen’s space.
Colors used with brown in this room: Black, grey and a touch of blue and green.
The brown and white combo makes this Asian foyer look bright and airy. Brown also makes white even whiter which is ideal for the heavenly theme of the entry. The light tones of brown carries on as it serves as a backdrop for the altar displayed at the console table.
Colors used with brown in this room: White and a touch of grey.
13. Light brown living room
This living room has the urban chic appeal. The rustic brick wall contrasts with the French doors and full-length draperies. The furnishings are bathed in neutral colors but their angular and curvaceous edges are more pronounced.
Colors used with brown in this room: White, black, grey and a touch of green.
14. Khaki-colored living room
Brown highlights this living room’s impressive height and architectural details. The darker shades of brown in the draperies, furniture and carpet flooring provide visual warmth so that the room doesn’t feel intimidating or overwhelming. Pops or re and orange add visual interest.
Colors used with brown in this room: Red, grey and a touch of orange and blue.
Brown has soothing tones that’s perfect for bedrooms. They paint an aura of calm and do not overstimulate. In this case, the focal point for this Midcentury bedroom is none other than the stunning outdoors as seen from the glazed floor-to-ceiling windows.
Colors used with brown in this room: Grey, white and a touch of green, violet, yellow and blue.
This rustic bedroom is covered with natural wood from the floor and all the way up to the ceiling. Natural wood is the source of this room’s color, visual texture and overall ambience. You can easily add a modern flair by throwing in items like the stylish pendant lighting and the ottoman.
Colors used with brown in this room: Black and grey
Just as the bedroom needs a soothing atmosphere, a home office needs a calm ambience and eliminate as much distractions as it can. The simple structure of natural wood from the coffered beam ceiling to the flooring gives this home office a grounded feel and a rustic look. The only (but welcome) distraction is the breathtaking scenery outdoors.
Colors used with brown in this room: Red and a touch of grey, green, orange and blue.
Brown isn’t confined to a rustic look. It can also blend well with shimmering silver just like the interior wallpaper in this dining room. The crystal chandelier, gilded wall sconces and wall mirror add glam to this already elegant space.
Colors used with brown in this room: Grey and a touch of black
This dining room looks simple yet chic with its brown and white combo. The ceiling and upper walls are bathed in white so it has a light and airy look. The lower part of the room is covered in shades of brown which create a rustic and cozy space. The industrial and wooden lights add visual interest.
Colors used with brown in this room: White and grey
This living room has walls covered in luscious brown. The plump sofa looks inviting and makes it easy to imagine cozy warm nights especially with the fireplace in front. The white walls around the fireplace also create a coastal feel.
Colors used with brown in this room: White and a touch of grey, black and blue
Software used for the green color analysis: Tineye.com