colour me pretty: chocolate

With fall in full swing and lots of oranges, reds, and browns staring back at me on my walks around our neighbourhood, I started to think about brown as a paint colour choice. I have never been a brown or beige gal, always preferring grays, charcoals, or greige tones. Well, after doing my usual browsing around on Pinterest, I think I’m coming around a little. Some of these deep, chocolate-y browns are pretty scrumptious. With a healthy dose of lighter neutrals (white and off-white), some natural textures (like wood tables, woven baskets, etc), and a few little pops of colour here and there, brown suddenly becomes cozy and hip, and not the “boring builder beige/brown” I had always envisioned.

Source: via Natasha on Pinterest

Source: via Meg on Pinterest

Source: via Rosanne on Pinterest

Source: via Suzie on Pinterest

Source: via Darla on Pinterest

Love it? Hate it? Brown versus Gray? Both? What do you think?

  • casacaudill

    We painted our master bedroom BM’s Bittersweet Chocolate a couple of months ago and I am so in love with it.

    • gemma

      Nice!! It’s so satisfying to find a paint colour you love :)


  • jackie jade

    As a relatively new homeowner with a house full of blah colors, I am starting to embrace darker/more saturated colors. I think done right, they look so rich and sophisticated. I especially love the dining room above with the turquoise chairs!

    • gemma

      I totally agree!! My house is full of light and airy colours right now, but I seem to have darker, moodier colours on the brain these days. Good luck with your new home!!


  • Olga@StardustDecorStyle

    Love brown and grey too! I just think that brown rooms should get a lot of natural light so that they wont look too dark.

  • how2home

    Picture #5 & #6 are our favorite.

  • Jessica

    Gemma! I hate to be a Debbie Downer but DON’T DO IT! I painted my dining room “old violin” by Ralph Lauren and it is really dark and the perfect brown but it’s soooooooooo boring!!! It’s THE hardest colour to decorate with. You can’t accent with any colour but turquoise or orange with it and it’s just really dark. If that’s what you’re into then go for it but the only accent colours I found easy to decorate with were white and chrome accents… and I’m starting to hate it. I’m the type of person that needs colour and lots of it. I just hope you don’t get sick of it too quickly. I’d stick with the grey’s and neutrals. I just painted my basement “Wheat Bread” by Behr and I love it! In different lights its grey and in others its a beige. The perfect “greige” colour but it’s very very light!

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide!

    • gemma

      Uh oh!! Don’t you hate it when a room turns out to be so much different than what you pictured? We made the mistake by painting our bedroom a too-dark charcoal at first (which I love in lots of other spaces!), and I had the same issue of not being able to find the right colours to throw in as accents. It ended up looking really flat. You live and learn, right?!

      I don’t think I’m going to paint anything dark brown in my small and light house right now, but I have to admit that I do like it in the photos I found on Pinterest. We’ll see if I end up using it down the road somewhere! Thanks for your input, though!!

      Good luck with your room!!