Decorating Ideas With Brown Carpet

Brown carpet is a bit difficult to work with when decorating a room; it's a strong colour and can make a room look less bright, lending a heavy look to a room. Brown carpet has advantages too. It's easier to keep clean looking than beige or a neutral colour carpet and can stand up to deep-coloured, Victorian-style furnishings that would overwhelm a softer-coloured carpet.

Furniture Selection

Select furniture of a colour and style that complements the carpet. This is the right room for your Victorian or Arts and Crafts furniture or heavier, more colourful or more distinctive pieces of modern furniture. Choose pieces with strong design elements. Avoid furniture that is light--not just in colour, but in shape; small, delicate pieces will look overwhelmed. Good furniture colours are green, red, yellow, brown, black, navy blue, and, for a retro 70s look, small amounts of orange.

Wall Design

Choose wallpapers, wall coverings or paint that complements the brown carpeting. For a Victorian room, wood panelling is an attractive choice, as is textured wallpaper, especially in a William Morris reproduction design or a simple damask. For a modern room, consider painting the walls a rich, yet bright colour such as yellow or hanging wallpaper with simple, strong geometric designs.

Textile Choices

Textiles should carry on the richly-coloured, bold theme. Choose textured fabrics in similar colours to furnishings and wallpapers, adding a few brighter touches with throws and pillows to liven up the colour themes and keep the room from looking too sombre. A few fuchsia throw pillows or a bright crazy quilt can do much to make a room pop.

Adding Area Rugs

If the carpet is really not coordinating with your existing furniture, add some patterned area rugs in coordinating colours. For traditional or Victorian decor, floral patterns in warm colours are perfect while geometric patterns are ideal for modern decor. Avoid adding patterned rugs if the walls are a bold colour or pattern; too many patterns in a single room, especially in strong colours, looks too busy. Solid, lighter colours are a good bet if working with bold walls.

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