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On Trend – Brown Interior Ideas


Brown, is the new grey.  Let’s be clear, not 70s brown you might see with a striped orange couch.  Muted, natural browns with a touch of charcoal grey are fast replacing the greys and stark whites of nearly a decade of Hamptons style decor.

If you were a homeowner in the 70’s you will remember ‘Mission Brown’. Interestingly none of us used it with much imagination but at the time it was the ‘in colour’. Well hold onto your seats because brown is having a resurgence in a big way.  Colour psychology is an important part of the training painting professionals and interior decorators undergo, so it no wonder brown is charming them with it’s earthy, natural feel, endless colour assortment and the flexibility to use it in so many ways. Here are four reasons why brown is the new grey for our homes.

Brown Interiors


1. Natural and wholesome from the dining room to the office

Natural and wholesome are two of the words designers use to describe browns when used in spaces such as a dining room or office. Paint the walls in a soft mushroom with warm white skirting, cornices and ceiling and feel the magic each time you sit around the dinner table or sink into that comfy brown leather chair in your office.

2. Sweet Earthy dreams

Using brown in the bedroom? Who would have thought? But brown does have an association with calm and that is exactly what is needed for a good night’s sleep. Start with an accent wall in a deep chocolate brown, with the remaining walls in a light beige. Bring in natural tones with rattan, jute rug, and linen sheets to complete the sense of peace.

3. Old houses

If you love your old Victorian, Federation or Colonial house because of its history, and you are contemplating a re-paint, don’t hesitate to stay with those historical colours which tell us so much about that era. Rich colours such as brown, red and green were grounded in many of those period homes. These colours are warm, friendly, practical and dependable. Do consult a professional who has experience painting historical homes, they know how to restore these beauties to their former glory.

4. Industrial chic interior design

Industrial chic continues to grow in popularity and browns and coppers are signature colours of this style. Keep the colour scheme simple combining brown with grey and black. You might not be converting a factory into an apartment, but you can still create that industrial interior vibe with the right colour palette complimented by steel, copper, glass and polished concrete.

Brown Interior Ideas

The one big problem within introducing a brown interior theme is that hangover from the 1970s.  Browns have earned a very poor reputation from this period and it’s vital to get your brown palette just right.  AJ Cochrane and Sons offer an interior design consulting service to help you choose the right colour scheme for your home renovation.  We’re 100% accredited Dulux Paint consultants so you are guaranteed lasting workmanship.  Booking your consultation is simple, just get in touch. 

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