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Brown - Mood & Messages
Like steaming mugs of soup, rich brown tones provide instant comfort, gratification and warmth. Down-to-earth and dependable browns have been associated with accessibility and strength for centuries, when aristocrats and royalty laid exclusive claim to bright colors and left browns to hard-working peasants and bourgeoisie.
Earth’s entire palette rests upon browns, making them perfect complements for nearly any decorating scheme. Pale neutrals lend intimacy and simplicity to living rooms, family rooms and studies. Add pizzazz with textured accents, such as leather furniture or knobby wood.
Or create an elaborate bedroom with dark brown overtones and light wood accents. You can also soften deep browns with light pinks, satin fabrics or tinted glass fixtures.
Use browns in spaces used for family gatherings