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Decorating with Brown

Brown covers the entire spectrum of the rainbow. Add in tints and shades and you get hundreds of browns to choose from.  So how do you know which one will work in your space?  The same colour principles apply to the brown colour wheel as do to the primary colour wheel.  

The Brown Colour Spectrum. Red, orange, yellow, green, black and purple undertones.

The Brown Colour Spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, black and purple undertones.

 Selecting a brown starts with deciding what undertone would work best for your space. If there is an undesirable colour element in the space, using a brown with the same undertones as the undesired colour will create a neutralizing effect on the unfavourable element.  For example if there is honey oak in your home, a brown with yellow or orange undertones will harmonize with the oak and make it less noticeable in the space.

 If your decor (i.e. furnishings, paintings and accessories) is mostly green it would be best to avoid a brown with red undertones since these brown will create an unpleasing amount of contrast because red and green are complimentary colours.  This is especially true for lighter tints, as the green decor would make a red-based beige look pink.

 Brown is a versatile colour to decorate with because it comes in so many different tones. One popular combination is using a grey blue with black-based browns; for example Mount Saint Anne CC-710 with Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10.

 Earthy greens are easily paired with brown (inspired by the natural colour pallet of a trees leafs with the bark).  Try Herbes De Provence CC-634 with yellow browns like Norwester Tan CC-332 or green browns like Otter Brown 2137-10.

 For a trendy look pair lavender with a purple-based brown; for example African Violet 2116-50 with Mississippi Mud 2114-20.

Brown can also be effectively used for a monochromatic pallet, just choose different tints with the same undertones; for example use Sandy Brown CC-150 together with Norwester Tan CC-332 or Bluffs CC-338 with Maryville Brown HC-175.

Choosing a Colour for your Front Door

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression; and when it comes to your house your guest’s first impression will start with curb appeal.  Impress your guests with a bold colour statement that sets your door out from the body of the house, thus guiding and welcoming your guests into your home.

Try to think outside of the neutral colour box (i.e. brown, or black) and put something exciting on the door.  Remember,  you only have about 18 square feet to create a wow; it’s a small area that can have big impact.  Of course,  the colour you choose should relate to you’re homes overall colour pallet, but for extra impact,  think of choosing a complimentary colour (i.e. purple door with a yellow house, or an orange door with a blue house).

 Red is a classic colour choice for the entrance because it instantly grabs people’s attention. Try Dinner Party AF-300 or Sundried Tomato CC-62 on your door. An orange door would create the same impact as a red door while providing your home with something out of the ordinary. I suggest Rusty Nail CC-390, Buttered Yam AF-230 and Greenfield Pumpkin HC-40.

Colonial home with a front door painted Dinner Party AF-300.

Colonial home with a front door painted Dinner Party AF-300.

Green is another classic colour choice, but to add your own flair,  consider trendy colours like Miramachi CC-752 or Bonsai¯ CC-666.  Navy Blue is also returning to the  forefront of trends, and a colour like Van Deusen Blue HC-156 or Marine Blue 2059-10 will catch people’s attention.

 For something completely different,  consider painting your front door purple.  This will definetely  make your home standout on the block. Choose a purple with neutralizing black like Chambourd AF-646, Cabernet 2116-30 or Super Nova CC-990.

A Craftsman home with a bold purple door painted Chamboud AF-645.

Craftsman home with a bold purple door painted Chambourd AF-645.

If a neutral is still the best option for your home consider doing something slightly different than a pure tone, this way you can still create the impact desired for great curb appeal.  If you want a black door, consider choosing a soft black like Wrought Iron 2124-10 or one with blue undertones like Abyss 2128-20.  If brown is more your style try Chocolate Candy Brown 2107-10, Grizzly Bear Brown 2111-20 or Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10.

 Whatever colour you choose, it’s sure to create the welcoming first impression you desire for you home.

-by Stacey Severs