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How do I find a luscious brown that looks as good as chocolate tastes?

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Brown inspiration wall
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 Browns, they are tough. When painting, paneling, or wallpapering a room in brown, it can end up looking like a fallen chocolate souffle or a luscious enveloping lair, edgy contemporary room, or a romantic sensuous getaway.

*Here are a few things to consider when deciding on a brown room*


Consider furniture and accessories that you will be putting into the room. 
Orange sofa, brown walls, interior design, orange curtains, brown floor
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These can greatly impact the color brown that you are usingFor instance a very vibrant color is a great counterpoint to brown. This can be done by using a bright orange with a cinnamon/Hershey brown:


Or using whites and creams to brighten a darker brown, especially in a modern way such as this:

Brown paint with white and cream tones, marble counter top, stainless steel stove,

(Photo credit: Magnus Marding, via New York Times, article  from Afflante)


Or more traditional and romantic way, such as this.

Romantic, traditional, warm brown tones, brown paint, chaise lounge, wedding dress, soft

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Brown, like no other color, is so organic.

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 It is the natural color of leathers, hides, wood, etc. 

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Integrating these natural finishes that are brown, with brown, can be luxurious, elegant and the epitome of warmth:

Another great way to use brown is to gray it up, or take the intensity out of the brown.

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This can also be accomplished by combining brown with grays:

warm browns, brown chair, Interior design, brown curtains, brown paint, grey tones, combining brown and grey

(Photo credit: Stylist Laura Trøstrup via Instagram)


brown tones, brown bedding, bedroom, architecture, Axel Vervoordt, Greenwich Hotel, Belgium architecture, mixing grey with brown

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Or creating a pattern or texture of brown on brown, or brown with another color, such as these rooms:

Wall coverings, crocodile texture, bedroom, browns with grays, textures, warm, Ralph Lauren, home, design

(Photo credit: Ralph Lauren Home)


Brown texture, wallpaper, rustic brown leather sofa, retro, mid century modern, warm tones, browns

(Photo credit: Desire to inspire)


Or finally, it may be as simple as bringing a brown object with lots of character into a stark white room:

easy chair, modèle FK 6720 // Alfred Kill, brown leather, stark white paint, wood floor, modern

(Photo credit: Paris Bruxelle's)


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