Brown as a paint color: popular? Who would've thought so? It's true: Paint manufacturers indicate that alongside such perennial favorites as white and yellow, brown paint colors are hot sellers.
The hype adds up—deep browns can have a retro effect, hearkening back to Mad Men-style gentlemen's clubs. Or you can lighten up your shade of brown and evoke the feeling of a darkening desert.
There are plenty of reasons to use brown paint in your space:
- Warmth: Brown emits a sense of security and home. Try brown walls in your dining room, living room, den, or library.
- Stains: Kids can wreak havoc on walls. It's important to have an interior paint color that can camouflage fingerprints and other stains.
- Tradition: Brown is a classic color that is well associated with traditional design schemes.
- Style: Though brown falls in the neutral category, it's considered a strong neutral that pushes boundaries and contains some edge.
- Elegance: Brown paint colors can lend rooms an elegant, sophisticated, and even urbane look.
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Arts and CraftsContinue to 2 of 4 below.
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Take It Easy
Not all brown paint colors have to be hard-hitters. "Tawny Bluff" from Valspar has a distinct red tone reminiscent of red clay earth to give your dining room a comfortable, familial feeling.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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A Calm Dining Destination
The shade shown is called "Lyndhurst Timber," also from Valspar. It's a true neutral but isn't at all mousy or timid. Besides, a challenging color in the dining room can vanquish your appetite—a calm wall color makes for a better dining experience.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Grounding Earth Tones
As an earth tone, brown keeps things grounded and stable. This light brown from Valspar, "Dakota Trail," is predominant here, matching well with the oak newel post, the balusters of the stairs, and the stone wall.