Bold, Beautiful Brown

The color brown may seem like a terribly boring color.  You may see it as flat or lifeless or just drab.  And through history, others have had the same sentiment as you.  However, when you think of brown, try to think of warm log cabins, cinnamon sticks swirling in apple cider, cozy velvet cushions on a crisp linen sofa.  Think of cool soil on a warm summer day while you're in the garden, the beautiful roughness of a tree trunk to lean against in your favorite park, the color of the much-needed coffee in the morning, chocolate.

In design, particularly in the prairies, we have seen soft, muted browns and tans come back strong in our interiors.  The call for wood, on our flooring, cabinetry and furnishings, has been answered ten-fold.  Builders often use a light brown color on the walls to add warmth to the home while keeping the palette neutral for you to build your style against.

What we are seeing now is deeper, richer browns coming to light.  Chocolate browns are invading our homes like mosquitoes to a picnic.  Velvety browns are showing up in our furniture and in our drapery adding the richness of a foregone era.  And soft browns remain, lending themselves as a base color for those not yet daring enough to break out of the box but wanting a warm, cozy home.

Still not totally convinced on brown?  Take note that the world's largest diamond, the Golden Jubilee Diamond, is actually brown and that most naturally occurring diamonds are brown.  Well if nature would put brown in it's most dazzling stone, why wouldn't we take a cue and explore the color into our homes?

Golden Jubilee Diamond at 545.67 carats is the largest faceted diamond in the world, valued between $4-$12 million.

Golden Jubilee Diamond at 545.67 carats is the largest faceted diamond in the world, valued between $4-$12 million.

In Practice...

Houzz - Shelley Kirsch Interior Design & Decoration - Toronto

Houzz - Shelley Kirsch Interior Design & Decoration - Toronto

In this bedroom, the designer used Benjamin Moore's Brown Sugar on the walls to create a warm space to relax and to help keep the room from feeling too large.  Brown accents on the bottom of the drapery as well as on the bedding and the wood of the furnishings help make the room muted but comfortable.

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