In the Mood

By Shayna Mace

We’re experiencing a warm spell in interiors. Gone are the gray, monotone palettes of the last few years, as we usher in shades of caramel, cinnamon and cream. Brown in particular can be a lovely counterpoint to a variety of hues, as seen in this room.

Pairing up brown with a rich, grounding color such as navy makes a room feel cozy, yet luxe. Pull in textural elements, such as a velvet accent pillow or chunky knit throw, to round out your space. Turn the page for more design ideas on how to pair up blue and brown tones.

Editor’s Picks

These blue pieces punch up your interiors, and pair up nicely with brown.

Pattern Play

Use wallcoverings, trim and fabric to mix and match shades of brown.

  1. Luxor wallcovering in coco/parchment,
  2. Manila hemp wallcovering in truffle brown,
  3. Ikat Stripe fabric in chestnut brown,
  4. Capri lipcord in java,

Hue Cues


Farrow & Ball (No. 255): This rich brown color is warm with a lot of depth. Perfect on millwork or in a powder room to create a moody vibe.


Benjamin Moore (CW-170): A sophisticated tone that’s ideal for a den or home office where it can be used on walls, trim and ceiling for a luxe feel.


Benjamin Moore (993): A color ideal for those who don’t want to go all-in on brown. This lighter shade is a pretty brown hue with taupe undertones.

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