All in the (Brown) Family: Walls from Taupe to Chocolate

All in the (Brown) Family: Walls from Taupe to Chocolate

Julia Brenner
Oct 8, 2012

If you're looking to warm up a room, check out the brown family. You can start with light tan or taupe, which is just a bit stronger than ivory, or go bold with deep mocha or chocolate. Depending on your accents and decor, brown rooms can move from tailored and masculine to chic and sexy.

Light brown is a great choice if you want to take your walls a few steps warmer than white while still maintaining a neutral look. Venturing into darker brown wall color does take a bit more planning, since a room's natural light needs to be considered, as do other decor choices, so your dark brown room doesn't feel oppressive. Softer, lighter accent colors, such as bright white, light pink, or teal blue, all work wonderfully with dark brown walls to create a bold look that isn't too heavy.

Top Row:
1. Dunlap Design Group (via Houzz) has created a very airy and modern aesthetic by pairing light brown walls with dark brown painted trim.
2. Light brown can look crisp and clean in the kitchen, such as this light brown kitchen with white accents from Country Living.
3. A pinkish-brown wall color, such as this example from House Building Collection, is modern and sexy while still feeling neutral.
4. Tan-mocha walls, such as in this living room from Eclectic Revisited, look incredibly tailored in a room with cream and wood accents.
5. Deep tan walls translate as rich and classic, like this study from Coastal Living.

Bottom Row:
6. This pink and brown living area from Chinoiserie Chic is a classic combination that looks effortlessly elegant. Chinoiserie chic, indeed.
7. Brown walls in the bedroom can feel plush and soothing if the room has an abundance of natural light.
8. A mix of brown and teal looks warm and modern.
9. Rich chocolate brown walls work wonderfully in a room filled with bright natural light.
10. Deep brown walls, like this example featured on It's So Very Cheri, look incredible when paired next to a bright white border.

(Images: as linked above)

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