8 October 27, 2016

Brown is Back

Can I just tell you how excited I am that brown is making a comeback in interiors? Of course nobody just calls it “brown.” It’s leather, saddle, mocha, toffee, caramel, whatever… but brown is back.

Gray is fine (we loved our gray bedroom), but it has been everywhere for the past decade. Beige is coming back too, and all white is still all over the place. I liked white for our last kitchen, and of course I love a dark, dramatic wall color like our living room’s black walls, but before I ever had black walls, I had chocolate brown.

Home Library, Brown Walls, White IKEA Billy Bookshelves | Making it Lovely

I mean, this is coming from the Pink Loves Brown girl, so you know I have a soft spot for the color. I had even considered brown for the hallways we’re working on instead of pink, but between the unpainted woodwork of the first floor and the new antelope print stair runners to come, the color is well-represented.

Loloi Anastasia Rug in Making it Lovely's Home Library

Working with all of the oak here has been a challenge. I have no doubt that our house would be beautiful with everything painted, but finding colors to complement the woodwork is a process that I’m enjoying and I’m finding inspiration in the various ways brown is being used these days.

Here are some exceptional examples I’ve seen lately. The cool brown colorway of the Tourbillon wallpaper we chose in pink for the second floor.

Cool Brown Farrow & Ball Tourbillon Wallpaper

Paneled walls painted white with a bit of brown peeking out from the top.

White Paneled Wooden Staircase

A nuanced brown with green undertones.

Green-Tinged Brown Walls

Traditional wood paneling is classically beautiful.

Wood Paneled Walls

And one of my favorites, the home of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber (now separated).

Naomi Watts at Home

Are you noticing it too? Are you on board?