Do neutrals soothe you? Here's why. Color Psychology - Part 8 Decorate with Color Series

Updated: Jun 14

In this series of the psychology of color, brown is a natural color that evokes a sense of strength and reliability. In my paper collage below, I love how the warm copper and sienna make the cooler blue almost simmer. The same thing can happen in your home decor.


Color psychology - Brown and neutral in home decor

Brown brings to mind feelings of warmth, comfort and security. 

As a neutral brown is restful and safe. My architectural friends always said: "Delight in brown, it brings no frowns." 


Color Psychology - Brown with red

Adding color to brown makes the serenity of neutrals sing. Brown combines well with brighter colors like light blues, pinks, yellows and especially oranges. Below, paired with red the power of brown practically bursts!

Color Psychology - Brown and pink

You may enjoy a medium brown wall color with accents of bright accessories in the room, to add punch.


Color Psychology - Brown and green

You'll discover that the warm cozy hues in your wood furniture will also blend nicely with your favorite accent colors. Greens and browns are a bit unusual in home decor, but I love the colors mixed together just like you'd find in nature.


Brown hutch with green accessories home of Lindsay Moynihan



Color Psychology - Brown and Violet


Living room photo of violet chair and brown mirror, end table of Lindsay Moynihan
Regal violet reigns with the soft brown

So what combinations do you like, ... brown and ....?

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