Color Inspiration: Chocolate Brown With Jewel Tones

Color Inspiration: Chocolate Brown With Jewel Tones

Susie Nadler
Jan 11, 2010

There's something so elegant, even regal, and yet also warm and inviting, about a room with chocolate brown walls, accented with jewel tone colors. The sophistication and drama of the dark brown is just a beautiful counterpoint to the whimsy and boldness of bright, unexpected color.

Furniture upholstered in jewel-toned velvets, mohairs and chenilles adds both bright color and sumptuous texture to a room with soft matte brown walls. Glossy red paint on a desk (fifth photo) or smooth blue leather on a dining chair provides a gorgeous contrast too. But if you're not quite ready to commit to bright furniture, jewel-toned accessories will do the trick just as well. A candy-pink throw blanket (sixth photo) is an energetic touch in a mostly neutral room. Even something as small and fleeting as a vase of flowers can bring a brown room to life.

Our dining room (last photo) has a brown accent wall, and my husband and I labored over the color decision, waffling between browns that were more purplish and those that veered toward black. Ultimately we went with Benjamin Moore's Bison Brown, and we couldn't love it more! It's beautiful on a wall that looks out onto a garden or a view; the outdoor view really pops against the dark paint.

Have you tried this color scheme at home? Please share!

(Images: Marie Claire Maison; Jessica Helgerson; Design*Sponge; Amanda Nisbet; Decorpad (5 and 6); Livingetc; Susie Nadler)

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