In this Indiana home, one accent wall in brown (Glidden 2107-20 Mocha Brown) provides an earthy foil to the red and gold accents, as well as a visual link to the roughhewn wood beams in the adjoining space.
Brown harmonizes well with stained wood furniture. In this Indiana dining room, the rich dark coffee bean brown walls (Glidden 196 Stewart House Brown) and wood floors are relieved with blocks of light cream in the drapes, seating and accessories. The choice of just these two high-contrast colors adds drama to the room.
This warm wall color (Benjamin Moore 2096-30 Chocolate Truffle) will be even more comforting by lamplight at night when the owners are heading to bed. Yet it is also the perfect sophisticated foil for the black and cream accents that give exotic style to the room.
Most homeowners paint small rooms a light color so the rooms appear larger. But if the room is to be used for quiet pursuits, such as this Chicago-area home office, a dark brown (Benjamin Moore AF-170 French Press) offers a calming, cocooning effect. A window and large pieces of white-matted art break up the deep color.
See a color you like? Most home improvement stores are happy to mix colors if you show them a picture or a fabric sample you're trying to match. They're also usually able to match discontinued colors. Remember that colors can look different depending on factors such as light and the size of your room—plus colors can look different on a computer screen or a printed sample. Always buy a small container first and try the shade out before painting the entire room. Get more color inspiration by browsing any of our slideshows below.