Color of the Month: November’s Not-So-Neutral Brown
Posted November 1st, 2012 | by The Update
You’d be surprised how daring and beautiful this earthy hue can be!
Elle Decor describes brown as: “The color of earth, brown is weighty, robust, and reassuring. It pairs perfectly with natural materials and, when used on walls, floors, and upholstery, encourages people to slow down, get comfortable, and relax. Although it rarely cries out for attention, it can help deliver a visual wallop when paired with any number of other colors.”
Here are a few ways to make this hue work for you:
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Color moods: “Brown is the color of hearth and home—of dried herbs and stone-ground bread and freshly baked cookies. It represents all of the nurturing, life-sustaining, down-to-earth qualities of terra firma, the very shade of earth itself. Just as in the sturdy oak, brown represents roots, a steady, stable source of security, comfort, and normalcy.” — Pantone
Color personality: Having a personality color brown means you are honest, down-to-earth and wholesome, salt of the earth people with both feet planted firmly on the ground. You are steady and reliable and quietly confident. You are friendly and approachable, genuine and sincere. With a personality color brown you have a keen sense of duty and responsibility – you take your obligations very seriously.
Color psychology: The color brown is a serious, down-to-earth color signifying stability, structure and support. The color brown relates to quality in everything – a comfortable home, the best food and drink and loyal companionship. It is a color of physical comfort, simplicity and quality.
Color pairings: Since brown is a neutral, it goes will with just about everything and is never really “out” of style. It’s a great base for playing with more trendy colors, like deep red, eggshell blue, or lime green. It also looks great with animal prints for an exotic feel, or it also is lovely with antiques for a shabby-chic look.
Decorating with brown