How to Style Brown in the Home

brown and white living room

Brown isn’t exactly the first colour that comes to mind when you think of stylish interiors. It’s not fresh like white, classically chic like black or soft and welcoming like dusty pink but it does have a place in most homes. Think of the rich parquet flooring that goes back centuries and evokes a sense of turn-of-the-century style or the rich leather chairs that came 50 years later and defined mid-century modern.

brown and white living room

This isn’t a colour that’s boring or that should be overlooked. It’s natural and classic and will go with every other shade in your space. Take this apartment in Gothenburg that uses accents of brown throughout – from flooring and vintage cupboards, to chairs and benches.

grey and white bedroom

It’s found in the smaller details too, adding a consistency throughout each of the rooms. Wooden slabs are used as coat hangers, dark wooden vases are found on the kitchen table and dark brown apothecary bottles line the surfaces in the bathroom.

white and black kitchen

The brown is set against a canvas of fresh white walls, furnishings and textiles to prevent the space from looking dark, while green plants add another natural shade to break up the starkness.

brown chair hallway

Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Stadshem

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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