Tips on Decorating With Blue and Brown Colors

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Tips on Decorating With Blue and Brown Colors
Your home can reflect nature's blue and brown tones. (sky image by Pity from

Blue and brown can be used as accents or primary colours in a room. Simple decisions will help your project flow smoothly when determining how to use these colours to get the most out of their decorating appeal, used together or individually.

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There are many variations of blue, from bright and dominating to calm and serene. The shade of blue that you choose will ultimately determine the room's energy. Blue can be soothing, thus making it ideal for rooms where you spend a lot of time, such as a family room, kitchen or bedroom. If you have a smaller room and like a darker shade of blue, consider implementing that blue into the fabric of your curtains, pillows and other accessories. If you are stuck on painting the walls a certain shade of blue, choose a soft pale blue; this will keep the room from feeling too small. Keep the bolder colours of blue for larger rooms with plenty of sunlight.

Shades of blue.
Shades of blue. (Retro Dots - Abstract image by evillager from


Brown is a versatile decorating tone. Brown can be found in almost any room, from the wood cabinets and hardwood floors to the fabrics and accessories. Using this colour indoors is like bringing a piece of nature inside. Brown can work as the dominant room colour, such as on the walls or in furniture or flooring. It can also be used to accessorise a room painted in another colour, such as red, pink, blue or white. The shade of brown that you want will determine where and how you should use it. Just like the bolder shades of blue, brown should also be used carefully in a small room. Place brown window treatments and accessories in a room with cream or white walls. Use a brown shaded quilt in a little girl's pink room, or stain the floors a dark walnut colour to go with softer shades of blue, pink or yellow.

Tips on Decorating With Blue and Brown Colors
Brown's earth tone can offer a soothing detail to a room. (Retro Brown Circles image by Andrew Brown from

Brown and Blue Together

Because blues and browns can be dark or light toned, decide which one you want to dominate the room, and choose that colour to be the darker tone. For example, if you have light stained hardwood floors, pick a shade of blue that is darker so that it defines the walls from the floor. Paint the baseboards white or cream to outline the room. In contrast, if you have dark blue carpet on your floors, choose a light tan colour to go onto the walls. If you want to use both blue and brown to paint the walls, decide which colour you want to dominate, since putting two dark colours together can make your room look smaller. Blue and brown also can work to accessorise a white room. Blue and brown will add a pop of colour without making the room look too busy.

Tips on Decorating With Blue and Brown Colors
Brown and blue can be attractive together in a room. (techno brown on blue image by Randy McKown from

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