Brown living room ideas – beautiful schemes that work with leather sofas and more

Discover new ways to decorate with this warm and welcoming hue
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  • Brown is back. Not since the 1990s have shades of tan, taupe, burlap and bronze been so en vogue, their renewed popularity cemented when Dulux named Spiced Honey as its Colour of the Year 2019.

    Brown is the perfect choice for a living room, warm and cosy, its varied shades can be layered together or injected with contrasting shades such as teal or blush pink or green.

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    And, of course, brown tones blend seamlessly with natural materials such as wood and leather. So if you’ve got a living room with wooden floorboards, or have your eyes on a tan sofa, it’s a choice that’s easy to work with.

    Read on for more of our brown living room ideas.

    1. Set the scene with bark brown woodland wallpaper

    Brown living room ideas woodland wallpaper

    Image credit: Dan Duchars

    Embrace the brown tones of nature with a woodland themed decor. The best way to make a decorative statement is with a hero feature wall. The dominating branch and foliage pattern of this bark-brown coloured wallpaper helps to captivate in this cosy living room. Surrounding a traditional log-burner it’s the perfect pattern to create a rustic country-feel.

    Lighter brown tones of taupe on the armchairs and the earthy tones of the accessories helps to build upon the beauty of this brown living room scheme.

    2. Compliment earthy brown with warming reds

    Brown living room ideas sofa dressed with cushions

    Image credit: Dan Duchars

    Create a warm and inviting space by mixing chocolate brown hues with earthy red pigments. The rich colour palette works perfectly with natural brown wooden flooring, adding a warming element. In a living room or bedroom cushions and throws in this warm colour combination, especially in touchy-feely textures, invites you to cocoon and retreat – feeling at one with nature.

    3. Combine golden brown with pale mint green


    Image credit: Dulux

    In this space, Dulux has combined its consecutive Colours of the Year – the caramel-beige Spiced Honey and minty-sage Tranquil Dawn. The result is both cosy and fresh, soothing and strong.

    4. Let white features pop with honey brown

    Dulux colour of the year 2019

    Image credit: Dulux

    Brighten up your whites by placing them against a backdrop of warm brown. In this living room, Spiced Honey gives a strong definition to the skirting and door frames, as well as the simple structured white sofa and monochrome prints ready to be hung on the walls.

    5. Embrace country living with burlap shades

    Texture is everything in this rustic living room, from the burlap-coloured wallpaper to the tweed sofa to the chunky wooden mantel. Hints of red and orange add heat to the more neutral brown tones.

    6. Sink into brown velvet

    Choosing a luxe fabric like velvet in an earthy colour like brown gives a living room a smart yet not too stuffy look. Expand on this further by mixing in shabby chic painted wooden pieces with chic grey accessories.

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    7. Mix sandy browns with blush pink

    Fresh sandy browns can look so pretty with soft candy pinks, and by choosing a soft brown sofa, you can use it to tie together furniture in different wood finishes.

    8. Play to your room’s features

    Timber cladding needn’t scream Swedish sauna. By breaking up this brown backdrop with a cream sofa laden with country textiles featuring trailing florals and stripes, and painting the walls white, the walls add warmth and character without overwhelming.

    9. Use a tan sofa to add character

    A coppery brown sofa can transform a living room lacking in features, its rugged looks tipping a hat to American Colonial interiors, particularly when teamed with bold Ikat prints.

    10. Stay sophisticated with taupe

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    Can’t decide between brown and grey? Taupe brings the best of both – a neutral backdrop that is warmer than grey, but that can also blend with it.

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