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I saw this room designed by the fabulous Celerie Kemble on Pinterest the other day and fell madly in love. I’ve been dying to use this wallpaper on a project for a year or more, and this application is just perfection! It also brought up this question- is brown back? After years of grey and black ruling walls and upholstery, is this warmer color due for a resurgence in decor? The answer is yes (in my opinion)- as long as it’s a modern day version of brown, like this wallpaper, which is a grey-brown or “cool brown”.  Warm, medium browns still remind me of the early 2000’s when I had a chocolate dining room AND a chocolate sofa.  But I think grey-brown tones are going to be the hot dark wall color this year, mark my words ( I’m struggling not to say “50 Shades of Brown”…ooops, there I go.)



Light blue looks amazing with cool dark browns.


Beyond the brown I’m kind of dying over this double sided fireplace.


Woodwork done a cooler brown shade, offset by crisp whites.


A rich, cozy library.


Hints of dark brown on upholstery looks dramatic in a light room.


Another pretty shade…


This is more of a true brown, but it still looks pretty modern with all the white.


Another example of light blue and brown looking lovely.


Smaller doses of brown in a warm white and beige room.


Love the graphic wallpaper (China Seas) paired with the antique mirror painted in a glossy deep brown paint.


Love this bedroom- gold looks AMAZING with this shade of rich brown.


A fabulous dark brown/grey color is Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze- it looks great on both walls and doors!


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A lighter greyish brown I love is Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray.  It’s a totally complex color that is both rich and light!



Some modern choices for using the new brown in your home:


1. Quadrille fabric // 2. Jayson Home chair // 3. West Elm sofa in Iron // 4. F. Schumacher Pyne Hollyhock fabric // 5. Serena & lily rug // 6. Jasper Kashmir fabric // 7. OKL art // 8. OKL art

What are your thoughts on brown being back?



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