BrownsThere is something very primeval about our relationship with the colour brown. Being the colour of the soil which provided us with food in our earliest times, we are very attached to it and most homes have more brown in than any other single colour, but there are more shades than most people think to consider. Glossy chestnut is often people’s favourite, with hints of auburn and a sunny autumn day. Different wood has different shades, from the smoky grey tinge of native oak through to the rich red of mahogany. Being a ‘nature’ colour, brown goes with almost every other colour but the chocolate end of the spectrum teams particularly well with cream.
Bright brown is not impossible
It is natural to think of brown as being quite a sombre colour, but nothing could be further from the truth. The bright browns – those with a lot of red in them – can make a very arresting centrepiece and also team particularly well with wooden floors, so if you need a rug to warm up laminate or stripped boards, one of this colour would be a good choice. Add an open fire and some leather furniture and you have a very classy room indeed, with little outlay. Brown goes well with green of almost any shade, so if it is a touch of pattern you are after, natural designs work particularly well. Brown is also a staple shade in many of the traditional designs, again across the spectrum from dust to ginger.
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