We’ve decorated our share of neutral spaces, and our design team are masters at the tricks and techniques it takes to make a neutral space interesting and inviting.
But what we’ve never posted about specifically is pairing the two neutrals brown and gray in a room. And we’re frequently asked – “Can brown and gray decorating even work? Do these two colors really “go” together?“
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The answer to that question is: Definitely!
Brown and gray are both neutrals, and they appear together way more than you may have noticed (nature, for example). So, yes, they can be a perfect pairing – and they also work well with many other colors.
As with any color, browns and grays can vary from cooler tints to warmer shades, but generally brown is thought of as a warmer color, while gray is considered more cool.
And that’s one of the reasons they’re so great together.
Gray can provide a nice visual break and cool things down in a room with mostly brown furniture, while brown can add warmth to a room that’s dominated by gray.
Mixing it up.
When you’re going with a mostly brown and gray color scheme, using various tints and shades of the two colors will keep things interesting.
Gray walls with brown furniture.
I especially love the contrast of woods in a warm brown stain contrasted against gray walls, and white trim that makes it pop.
It’s beautiful in the bedroom below, and also works great when you want to give a fresh look to a kitchen that has brown cabinets. (Been there, done that – love it.)
Make accent colors pop.
And since brown and gray are both neutrals, they make the perfect backdrop for showcasing your current favorite accent colors.
What’s your take on brown and gray decorating? Do you like these two neutrals together?
For more color inspiration and design tips, browse our How to Decorate page!