Chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and mocha are all the colors of a toasty atmosphere of elegance and refinement. The color brown can be masculine enough for men yet also can be made feminine by adding in the right accessories.
Warm colors can instantly make a room feel cozy and intimate. Muted and deep tones can have the coziest effect. Consider painting your walls a brown-tinted red, while accenting in accessories with a light pink. Pink shades complement skin tones, and work beautifully with dark chocolate colors.
Burnt orange also combines the weight of a dark color with the warmer half of the color spectrum. Peach tones also can bring a vibrant tone to a room based around brown. Work with bright red, bright pink, or bright orange as accents, such as throw pillows, floral arrangements, upholstery choices, books, or trim colors. These brighter shades will offset the dark saturated interior and bring life into a dark room.
Van Day Truex, Interiors, Character, and Color “Color is a major element in scale. A small room can have a larger look by the use of closely related values, hues, and intensity. A large room can be made to look smaller by marked contrasts of color and value, hue, and intensity. Value is one of the most important elements. Whether light or dark, little value contrast makes for unity, and sharper contrast makes for stronger punctuation.”
Designer Shannon Kaye “Brown is less harsh than black, so I’ll use a creamy vanilla white for the walls with a deep-brown bronze color for the crown molding,” “Contrasting light and dark and mixing textures is how you want to use brown,”
Designer Elaine Ryan “Brown is the color of wood, which is a stable color that we inevitability have in our homes,” “What we need to do is counterbalance all that brown with another shade on the wall.” Mix things up by painting your walls a rich chocolate brown to create a sophisticated backdrop for neutral accessories. Brown can be paired with burgundy for a swank dining or living room, or used with pale aqua to create a lighter and airy feel. Use brown to highlight stronger colors like lime green or orange, or to tone down a room.
Designer Kyle Schuneman- “As calming as a sandy beach, light brown is “the next step up from white or ivory,” “It offers minimal risk but much more impact.” A perfect background for blues and greens (think beach again) or dramatic jewel tones, it also brings refinement to a neutral room when it’s paired with crisp white woodwork”
Designer Ned Marshall-
To create intimacy in the dining room, designer Ned Marshall painted walls in a color called Bittersweet Chocolate by Benjamin Moore, and styled his rooms using French styled Furniture “The brown is also nice with the blue and white and the gilt, and it’s lovely in candlelight,” says Marshall. The New Orleans home was featured in House Beautiful magazine. He went on to say, “The dark brown also creates drama and an illusion of more space in what would otherwise have been a dull, cramped area.”
“It’s like having a living room that’s done in silk and satin. It’s much more chic if you add some straw or something rough. With color, it’s the same principle. You tame strong color by adding a lot of neutrals to the room — woods, browns, beiges, creams, golds, silvers. And you do not make every room in the house wildly colored, which would feel like a riot. I try to achieve a certain rhythm of color so that nothing is jarring — but nothing is beiged to death, either. I want to walk from a room that’s neutral into one with punch. Or from a dark hallway to a light living room”
Roger Banks-Pye, Colefax and Fowler Interior Inspirations- “Always make a dark room darker. You can paint a dark room white, but it will still be dark…give it atmosphere with deep intense colour that works well in artificial light”
Billy Baldwin “If you spend most of your decorating money on a Chippendale table or a Chinese lacquer screen, don’t fill in the gaps with mediocrity. Forget the gaps for a while; just have simple slipcover in one pretty color. Then, as you can, acquire other good pieces that are compatible in one pretty color. Let the room grow slowly to maturity”
French Napoleon III Desk with Leather Top Foxglove Antiques
Pair of French walnut carved leather tufted armchairs Melissa Levinson Antiques
French Leather Armchair with Carved Frame and Arched Back. Randall Tysinger Antiques
French Leather Desk/Library/Corner Chair Antiquario
A Close up on the settee -Designer Ned Marshall
Petite Antique French Lady’s Writing Desk w/Orig. Tooled Leather
Carolyn Roehm – New York Living Room – Brown velveteen walls
French Leather Waste Paper Basket With Brass Handle reGeneration Furniture Inc.
Circa-1800 French riverscapes share the garden hall with antique marble busts depicting the four seasons; the painted benches were designed in the manner of 18th-century British architect William Kent.
Featured In Home Beautiful Magazine
Seen On Real Simple Magazine
Brighten up your whites by placing them against a backdrop of warm brown. Fay the Weimaraner strikes a pose next to a linen-upholstered antique armchair. The owners bought the white cuckoo clock at The Conran Shop. CountryLiving.com
Paint Colors Seen In Real Simple Magazine
French Set of Eight Navy Leather Dining Chairs with Carved Wood Frames Painted Cream with Gilded Highlights, Original Leather with Wonderful Aged Distressing and Patina From Use
Including Worn Spots with Some Tears and Cracks Mecox Gardens
French Leather Top Desk English Country Antiques
Z Brothers Furniture on ebay has a few really interesting bombe chests which are covered in cow’s hide and snake skin. It looks like they have taken these curvy commodes and glued on these stylish fabrics for a unique look. I have been a follower of their furniture for some time, as they have excellent pricing and unique one of a kind pieces.
This Chicago home’s kitchen dining nook, furnished with a reclaimed-oak table, a Belgian sofa from the early 1900s, reproduction caned chairs, and a vintage footstool upholstered with an antique carpet.CountryLiving.com See how they pair a chesterfield sofa with dark walls here – Country Living
The same homes mudroom which highlights equestrian gear — riding hats, a hunting horn, Scheeler’s own show ribbons CountryLiving.com
Scheeler’s grandmother once owned this elaborately detailed French mirror, which hangs on pine paneling taken from a local horse stable.
Gunnebo Manor House www.classicalexcursions.com
1930s French Chair upholstered in fine leather with nail heads. Dagmar
The living room in Tom Parr’s vacation home on the Côte d’Azur. The World of Interiors.
A Close up of Designer Ned Marshall’s Orange Room
Velvet Upholstered French Sofa
Francois Halard’s Home Walls painted by the Neoclassical artist Jacques Reattu in the 19th century
Unique French Provincial style oak dining table, possibly 3rd quarter of 20th century, the top with embossed green leather divided in separate sections, over a scalloped apron, raised on cabriole legs. Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center
The entrance hall at Haseley Court, Oxfordshire- the home of Nancy Lancaster
Provence Decorating Visit decordeprovence.blogspot.com
French leather top 19th century side table -Uptowner
Set of Six French Leather Dining Chairs -Foreground
Brown and White Nursery Visit designsponge.com
It wasn’t too long ago that ever blog was talking about the House of Windsor. This LA home was designed by Windsor Smith and decorated by a few other talented designers which was then featured in Veranda magazine. If you love gray, you will love this home. This house is in the news again, as Gwyenth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin just purchased the home. The official Veranda site on the House of Windsor.
Check out my favorite pictures of this home on the Swedish and French Decorating Page on Facebook
From Hadassa Antiques
Jane Webster – Normandy chateau – Vogue November
December 2013 Photography by Sharyn Cairns.