Brown can range from a soft beige to rich amber to deep cocoa. The color might lean purple, gray, or green; it may be subtle, inviting or intense. No matter the shade, brown can be comforting, sophisticated, chic and fit into any décor style. These days, designers are incorporating the classic color more and more, sometimes even replacing black with brown.
“A chocolate brown has much more depth than black; it is a color versus a shade,” said Cindy Rinfret, a designer based in Greenwich, Connecticut. “While black can help create contrast in a space, using a chocolate brown can give you the same effect but in a much richer and layered way.”
We asked a group of design pros about the relevance of brown in interior design and how to use this classic color successfully. Here’s what they recommend.
Go for Contrast
“Brown is coming back into favor, we are seeing shades of browns with other tones that can read aubergine or gray, and they are handsome colors.
“I like to use very dark shades of brown, and those are often juxtaposed to a shade of white to give it a pop. My personal favorites are chocolate browns and the more purple tones of brown. Pinks, purples and some shades of orange and yellow work well with browns. A Hermes orange shade against a chocolate brown looks incredible. It’s all about contrast and introducing a splash of color against it. Brown is a backdrop but put a magenta pillow against it, or a perfect shade of yellow, and it can come alive.”
Vary Tone and Texture
“Brown is a great way to make a space more dynamic as layering intensity of color allows the whole design to pop. Brown is very versatile and can be used with a myriad of other colors. It is a timeless classic.
“Choosing the right brown can be tricky. You should identify your goal first and then go from there. For example, is it being used as piping to highlight a pillow fabric, or are the walls lacquered in chocolate brown to create a sexy space? Either way, if you are planning on using a lot of browns, make sure to vary the tone and texture of its use throughout.”
Hang Abstract Art on Brown Walls
“Brown gives all the richness and depth without the harshness given with black. It is also easier to mix brown with other colors than black.
“I prefer cooler browns with hints of green and gray. ‘Salon Drab’ by Farrow & Ball is my preferred shade. In some light, it can almost look olive. I also love a palette of cognac and tobacco for a room with a masculine feel.
“When using brown on the walls, I don’t like to use white as a contrasting color––it is too harsh. Instead, use olive green or French gray. Brown walls look great when you hang vibrant abstract art on them. Or add wall-to-wall carpet in beige or orange.”
Use Pattern to Bring Brown to Life
“Browns should be a little complex, in my opinion, and not like the brown crayon in the crayon packet. They should lean in a direction that has depth and mystery. I prefer browns that do not have red undertones but are more like a mink or a seal––it’s like they are on the verge of becoming something else.Our favorite browns are:
‘Tanner’sBrown’ by Farrow & Ball, ‘Rural Brown”’ by Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin Williams’s ‘Sealskin.’
“To make brown feel fresh and alive, I rely on pattern, unexpected colors and contrast. For example, for a space with light floors and a brown wall, add a touch of red or even lilac to add interest and excitement. Lavenders and lilacs are really pretty when paired with brown. We just did a Florida house in deep brown, light grays and lavender. We used white plaster accents, a touch of black, and lots of rattan and sisal. It felt fresh and comfortable, not so seaside-obvious.
“Nina Campbell has the greatest wallpaper with a brown ground and gray, stone and white accents. It’s dramatic yet somehow understated and really highlights the staying power of brown.”
Article Source: Mansion Global