Often overlooked in interior decor, the color brown isn’t a color that's known to steal the spotlight. But is it boring? Not at all. Brown evokes the color of earth and is incredibly deep and relaxing. The immense depth that brown hues carry helps create a sense of calm that makes it an excellent choice for bedroom walls.
There is a shade of brown for every preference and decorating theme, whether you love the weathered look of country decor or the sleek and clean contemporary vibe of minimalism. But choosing the right shade can be tough. Visit any home improvement center and you'll be overwhelmed by a multitude of available brown paint colors. However, with all of the options available, the right shade is well within reach.
- Color Family: Browns, neutrals
- Complementary Colors: Blue
- Pairs Well With: Varies by shade; can work well with white, black, blue, pink, green, yellow, and more
- Mood: Cozy and inviting
- Where to Use: Any room including living rooms and bedrooms
Consider the following inspiring shades of brown paint to add some warmth to your bedroom walls.
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Best Light Brown: Farrow & Ball Buff No. 20
Buff from Farrow & Ball might be the perfect neutral. It has more depth and character than beige or tan, but it doesn't demand attention the way darker browns might. It plays well with just about any other color and complements pretty much every decorating style. If you're searching for a bedroom neutral that's not bland or chilly, this is a great choice.
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Magnolia Elemental is a rich, medium brown with subtle yellow undertones that make it a perfect color for bright sunny bedrooms with a lot of natural light. This hue, which will play off of other warm tints, looks regal without feeling pretentious. We love this color in nearly any bedroom style, but it would look particularly stunning with a mix of rich, real wood accents.
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A deep, rich brown is the perfect color to make a statement in the bedroom. Farrow & Ball Tanner's Brown No.255 is a wonderful color to create a den-like feel in your bedroom that screams elegance and comfort. Pair it with other rich colors or pops of bright neutrals for the most oomph.
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Deep, dark paint colors can actually be a bedroom's best friend. Contrary to popular belief, rich colors can make a smaller room feel larger while maintaining a cozy, womb-like feel. We love The Spruce Best Home's Cold Brew if you're hunting for a rich, espresso paint that works well as either an accent wall or throughout the room.
Make sure that your walls are cleaned thoroughly before painting. Keep in mind that professional painters don't usually wash walls, so clean the walls even if you've hired someone to paint them. For bedroom walls, mix a mild detergent with warm water and wipe down the surfaces with a damp sponge, followed by a rinse with clear water.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Benjamin Moore's Grant Beige is a brighter, airy brown with just a bit more depth than a traditional neutral. This color has a bit of a yellow undertone and feels stately without feeling pompous. Pair it with warm whites or lighter shades of the same tone to create a warm, neutral bedroom that welcomes relaxation.
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Sherwin-Williams' Ligonier Tan just oozes ambiance and gives off super cozy autumn feels. Try this soft, warm tan as a way to make your bedroom feel welcoming and create a varied neutral palette with rich colors that invite sleep. It's also a great color if you want to curate a stylish farmhouse feel in your bedroom.
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Glidden's Khaki Green is a brown hue with lots of green undertones and reminds us of a freshly brewed cup of tea. The nature-inspired shade is incredibly earthy and would look stunning in a room full of muted colors such as mustard, blue, or pale purple. It also looks great behind a river rock fireplace.
Invest in high-quality roller covers and brushes to avoid getting fuzz and lint on the walls when painting. Low-quality brushes also run the risk of leaving unsightly brush marks.
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This rich warm hue from Clare reminds us of pewter and has deep gray undertones that make it the perfect color for an industrial bedroom or a modern contemporary one. Pair it with neutrals such as white or lighter greige for a minimalistic feel that's perfect for large bedrooms or smaller ones alike.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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For a paint color with a little more personality than some of the other browns, try Benjamin Moore's Charlton Brown. This earthy brown has hints of clay and red, not to mention it looks sophisticated and stately. Try it in bedrooms with more of a traditional style for a classic feel.
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