Choosing wall colors for interiors with brown or wooden furniture can be a little tricky. You want something that will complement the furniture without overshadowing it or creating a clashing effect. Here are 15 wall paint colors that pair well with brown to choose from!
What Color Walls Go with Brown Furniture?
If you want to create a warm and inviting space, pair brown furniture with walls in shades of yellow or orange, which are complementary to brown color. Brown furniture goes well with walls in neutral colors such as white, cream, or beige. Painting walls black or gray will help you achieve a more dramatic look. To make brown furniture stand out, pair it with walls in light colors such as light blue or pink.
If you have a leather brown sofa, you can create a rich and luxurious look by pairing it with deep jewel-toned walls such as burgundy or emerald green. You can also use accessories to add color and interest to a room with dark brown furniture. Consider using throw pillows, area rugs, or window treatments in brighter colors or patterns.
Let’s look at some of the best combinations and inspiration photos!
1. Light Gray. Gray walls are a great option if you want to create a modern and sophisticated space. Gray is versatile and can be paired with almost any color. If you have different shades of brown furniture, consider repeating the hues in frames and window treatments to create a well-rounded interior design.
2. Beige Walls. Beige paint is another option that can help create a warm and inviting space. Beige is one of the most popular neutral paint colors that go with dark brown furniture. Dark wooden furniture may be a statement on its own, but if you end up with a pastel look and lack accent color, feel free to bring in some green or blue decor to make deep brown stand out.
3. Light Blue. If you want to create a space with a traditional feel or Mid-Century modern ascetic, consider pairing brown furniture with light blues. A more saturated, sky blue shade can make the room overwhelming, but you may use it for an accent wall or in decor.
Don’t worry about the cool tones in blue wall color – brown is rich and warm and will balance it well, making a space feel cozy and inviting. More so, if you decorate with rich mahogany furniture that has warm red undertones in it.
4. Cream. Cream walls are a great option if you want to create a charming space and bring attention to heirloom brown wood furniture like this vintage hutch. Bamboo blinds and light brown wood tables tie it all together.
5. Tan. If you’d like some brown walls, but do not aim for a moody room design, tan paint would be a great choice. Tan paint colors are warm and earth tones that evoke feelings of comfort and simplicity. They pair well with natural wood accents and can create a cozy, rustic atmosphere in any room. Paired it with white trim and furniture to add a touch of elegance to the space. A great idea is also to experiment with tan and white striped wall to transform the perception of the space and make the design more memorable.
6. Navy Blue. Navy blue paint may be used with both darker and lighter shades of brown. Navy blue walls, accents, and fabrics paired with crisp whites and sandy brown furniture create coastal interior vibes, with its chic and tranquil atmosphere.
Darker shades like a Benjamine Moore Hale Navy are great to use in classic interior designs. Note how the paint color creates the perfect backdrop for the antique equestrian prints and complements the dark wood colors of the dining table and floors.
7. White Wall Paint. If you decorate an old house and enjoy traditional home design, it is hard to find a paint color that would complete old furniture better than white. We can’t help admiring the charm of the old dark brown furniture (that is, by the way, 150-year-old and passed down in the family) and how the whites make it the star of the show.
White works just as well in modern designs, where you want to emphasize the brown accents or keep an airy, roomy feel. Different shades of brown look magical in this small white attic bedroom.
8. Yellow Walls. The pop of yellow adds energy to the space while the deep wood furniture tones add a sense of sophistication. Overall, the combination of these two bold hues creates a beautifully balanced and warm living room.
Mustard yellow is a bit darker shade of yellow that pairs with natural materials like wood or linen exceptionally well. It also has the ability to make a small room feel larger.
9. Green Walls. You may never go wrong mixing earth tones. Going darker on skirting, moldings, paneling, and doors is a great alternative to painting adjacent walls bold accent colors. This room with cardroom green paint and brown furniture is an ultimate proof.
This statement brown leather couch paired with light green walls is another winning combo for a stylish living room. Use mustard yellow for wall decor and throw pillows to liven up the space.
10. Red. Red is quite a challenging color to decorate with, so if you like the idea of red walls, it might be such a relief that they go with brown furniture. Some popular options for brown and red wall paint combinations include chocolate brown with rustic red or warm chestnut brown with bold cherry red accents.
11. Orange. Most orange shades mesh well with brown, this is why we can’t say no to paining walls orange. However, mind that solid colors like orange can be overwhelming, so you might want to pair it with white and neutral tones to balance the look. Paired with dark furniture, orange walls can make the room look smaller. Unless you aim for a maximalist eclectic look, limit the shade to decor and accent pieces.
12. Black Wall Paint. The bold dark shade will create a dramatic contrast against the light shades of wood furniture. This dining room with light and soft textiles and dining table decor proves that black walls can contribute to an elegant and inviting design that is full of character.
13. Emerald and Teal. Brown furniture and jewel paint colors like teal and emerald green make statement color combinations. The depth and richness of these colors adds personality to any room.
When decorating with these hues, it’s important to balance the boldness of the colors by incorporating neutral colors and elements. A cream rug or light beige curtains can soften the dramatic tone while still allowing the beautiful jewel tones to shine.
14. Blue Gray. If you are drawn to darker colored walls, don’t miss out those trendy blue gray wall paint shades. It is better to pair them with mid and lighter shade brown furniture, though. Add in some navy blue accent pieces to bring out the beauty of the paint.
15. Dark Brown Walls. If you plan to use dark browns for the paint color, wood floors and furniture with the same undertone will mesh well. However, don’t make them central to your design. Instead, reverse engineer the recommendations above and use white, cream, red, yellow or other shades that go with brown to create contrast against the dark walls.
Hope these designer tips helped you pick the right paint color to complement your brown furniture. Whether you contemplate a neutral color palette like beige or cream or feel ready to experiment with dark shades for your walls, just make sure to consider the undertones of your brown furniture when selecting the colors.