You couldn’t resist the bark-brown matte wall paint and today you’ve got a bedroom in need of a touch of color or a delicate bedding scheme. Make the most of brown’s rich tones with impartial or carefully controlled picks. You do not want another color with as strong a presence to receive equal billing — that would be jarring. So look to comparable hues, non-colors, classic white or precise patterns to polish your cocoa-flavored retreat.
Hot Chocolate With Extras
When your bedroom walls are chocolate, then put in a little whipped cream. Fluffy white bedding — a down duvet, European square pillows, snowy blankets — are nearly the polar opposite of dark brown and visually deepen its rich hue. At the same time, the blazing white bounces light around the room and also focuses attention on the star of this show, the bed. A white or brownish wood bed frame appears evenly fine with white bed linens against brownish walls.
Texture takes it against brownish walls, with lighter bisque, cream and toast hues vying for attention. A waffle-thick eggshell blanket, cream linen bedcover and tailored bed skirt, bamboo-and-cream striped sheets and maize, cinnabar and jade brocade pillow shams add a surprising quantity of color to low-key decor. Mirror the gold bamboo tones at the bedding and pillow shams with wide-slat bamboo window blinds and hang small, gilt-framed swatches of striped cloth, similar to this embroidered pillow shams, on the brownish wall behind the bed.
Crazy Quilt Colors
Wood block print cushions — vivid autumn hues on sloping — enliven the bed in a room with brown walls. Printed leaf shapes in autumn colors on sound backgrounds cover pillow shams and toss pillows. The patchwork quilt is geometric every-which-way stripes, flame needlepoint, attached polygons or another pattern in hues of rust, orange, gold, yellow, cream, powder blue, turquoise, teal, olive, charcoal and also the same brown as the walls. Pick up solid colours from the multi-hued bedding for sheets and pillowcases.
Mocha brown, cappuccino or cafe au lait walls produce a rich background for luxurious bedding at a dark, sophisticated bedroom. Make the bed with plain antique-white high-thread-count sheets and pillowcases. Then layer it with lots of browns. Tuck at a monogrammed bitter-chocolate thin blanket at pashmina or cashmere. Toss a large faux-fur toss over the foot of the bed. Line up two or three tobacco velvet square pillows against the headboard and fasten them in place with a bed-width foam roll covered at the same velvet. If you crave more layers of fabric, upholster the headboard and the bed frame at a thin-wale corduroy the same color as the walls.