Just as it is with the color green, much of our symbolic association with brown comes from its presence in nature. The color of tree roots, soils, muds, and sands, browns allow us to feel rooted, stable, practical, and responsible. They can also be viewed as approachable, genuine, and safe – all traits that make these hues great choices for those who want to encourage a home environment where individuals feel comfortable to be themselves.
Soft browns bring warmth to community spaces like kitchens and family rooms. As browns deepen, they are inviting and evoke a modern elegance especially when paired with neutral accents.
Lighter and brighter browns are reassuring and friendly in living rooms but are also welcome practically everywhere in the home.
Mid-tone and darkened shades of brown are mature and sophisticated in dining rooms, studies, and master bedrooms.
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The personality of brown is grounded and stable, just as the common phrase “down to earth” is often used to describe a person whose personality is easy-going and modest. But brown can also surprise you, and in the right shade and harmony can just as easily express elegance, quality, and strength.
Pair lighter colors on walls and trim with dark furniture for effortless elegance