Colors That Match Well With Brown

Updated July 20, 2017

Generally, when people think of colour they do not immediately think of brown. However, brown is a very common colour and it is found everywhere. Wood comes in many shades of brown, as does leather. Carpet and walls are often a shade of brown, and some clothing styles incorporate brown. Shades of brown range from almost black to a brownish off-white, and many other colours go well with this earthy colour.

Reds and Oranges

Bright, saturated reds and oranges make subtle accents for dark brown, or espresso. A wall painted espresso is complemented by an orange picture frame or a red vase set on a nearby table. Off-white is can be a shade of brown and is an excellent accent when decorating with dark reds, such as a dark red bedspread with off-white pillowcases and sheets.

Blues and Greens

Aqua complements chocolate, a shade of dark brown. An aqua print on a chocolate-coloured dress is one example. Kelly green is a perfect accent for chestnut, another shade of dark brown. An example for this colour scheme is an entryway painted in kelly green with chestnut-coloured wooden floors, doors and trim.

Yellows and Purples

A deep purple, such as eggplant, looks wonderful when placed next to a terracotta-coloured brown. Dresses with prints including this colour combination can be sexy and festive. Pale yellow is a dramatic contrast to an almost black shade of brown. An almost black-coloured leather couch with pale yellow accent pillows and decor creates a sophisticated, modern look.

Blacks and Whites

Black wrought iron is a match for caramel-coloured wood stain. This look can be achieved with benches made of wood and wrought iron. White goes well with tan in an unexpected, yet attractive, way. Tan leather sandals with a white, long, flowing skirt look refreshing and carefree.


Many shades of brown go with other shades of brown. Early 21st century fashion and interior decorating incorporate this monochromatic look. Chocolate can be paired with chocolate, such as the case with a chocolate chair in front of a chocolate-coloured wall. A caramel-coloured brown can be combined with chocolate, as the case of a caramel wooden floor with a chocolate-coloured chair.

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Catherine Scruggs began writing professionally in 2011. She has also worked as a college instructor and a psychotherapist. Scruggs holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Columbia University and is working to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology at Alliant International University.