What images are conjured up when we think of the colour brown?

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Some good images and maybe some not so good! Newsflash! It doesn’t have to be this way!


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I always associate chocolate brown interiors with the gloomy décor that I was brought up with in the early seventies, but I look at this room by New York interior designer James Rixner and I know that brown doesn’t have to look murky. It can be sumptuous and luxurious. I’m thinking raspberry ripple.


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Mark Ashby Design

Mark Ashby Design

This room has a distinctly masculine, clubby feel. The iconic Kubus sofa is calling out to by sat upon.

Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd

Paolo Moschino for Nicolas Haslam Ltd

What makes this room fun, (and maybe tongue in cheek?), is the juxtaposition of the traditional brown sofas with their fringed chenille edging just like granny used to have, with the Gary Hume prints and those fab navy blue x-benches. Love it.

Oliver Burns

Oliver Burns



Brown can be feminine too.