Edited by SchulmanArt with research by Lizzie Turovsky
Are you looking for paint colors for living room or family room? Brown paint can be a wonderful counterpoint for art and provides contrast and harmony. Discover what interior designers have to say about using brown paint colors in your home decor.
Seeking the perfect brown for my family roomSo this summer I am purging my house and taking care of some long neglected problems ( you may like Hoarding vs Harmony) One project that has taken priority is painting my den and replacing our box tv with a flat screen. (yes, it is my only tv. No, I am not embarrassed...but my kids are...) Since the tv room is the center of the house, I wanted to make sure that it was a space pleasing to me, my guests and my family. The adjacent powder room is getting a glamorous makeover too. In the meanwhile, I am in search of the perfect brown color.
|Metropolitan Museum of Art|
Why dark brown
Whenever I go to museums, the art looks fantastic on the dark brown walls so I really want to showcase my art on the dark walls as well as create a masculine space.
Warm versus cool
When looking at browns the main thing you will notice that some are very warm with red undertones and others are more "cool" and gray. Since I like to decorate with a lot of turquoise, I was in search of a cool brown that was dark without a purple cast and would show off the white trim, my artwork and the tv built-in. I am considering Middlebury Brown as the front runner.
What do you think of this color for my den?
|What's interesting is that the paint sample looks brown, but when I photo-shopped in the color it looked like a dark blue-gray.|
What the Experts Say:"I feel about brown the way Holly Golightly felt about Tiffany's — nothing bad can happen to me in a brown room. I like the color as close to Coca-Cola as possible, not too umber and not too black. Mix it with McCloskey's glazing compound, which gives it a depth and resonance you're not going to get with gloss paint. I used it in my bedroom and it feels very tranquil. I go into that room and instantly fall asleep." -Eric Cohler
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