Brown is the color of wood and of the earth itself. It is tied to feelings of strength, solidness, stability, and reliability. The brown family of colors can stem from a combination of red, yellow, and black but it can also come from dark orange tones and black, as well as a combination of red and green.

It might be one of the most common colors found in nature and in home design as well. Brown is so ubiquitous that we often don’t stop to think about how it affects us, or if it even affects us at all. Spoiler alert: it does. Too much brown will feel warm, cozy and natural, but it can become a little isolating.

Tulip Round Walnut Dining Table ($1,030)

A great rule of thumb for using brown as an interior design choice is that it should always be accompanied by other shade of the same tone, or another color. Brown is usually a great base color, not very appealing on its own as an accent. Depending on your layout, it can be one or the other, but this particular table helps to showcase the potential that darker brown tones, like walnut, have for creating stylish contrast.

This table follows the guidelines from the original Eero Saarinen Tulip Table of the late 1950s.

Classic Lounge and ottoman – Antique Brown ($1,598)

This beautiful and rich brown, which borrows heavily from red, gives the fabric of this Eames lounge chair replica a lot more emotion, and the walnut veneer is textured enough to avoid having two of the same tones in a single chair.

These type of leather in this color looks just as luxurious as black leather finishes, but it has a more familiar touch, and is softer on the eyes. This is a great example of how brown can be earthy and natural but also elegant, sleek, and textured. Brown is a great color: in the right dose, it can help you to have your cake and eat it too (interior design wise).

Eames Molded Plywood Dining chair ($219)

The wood catalog in mid-century furniture is wide and takes advantage of the particular aesthetic each wood type has. If you’re looking for a great accent piece in wood, we recommend these kinds of affordable plywood chairs, which follows the exact same model of the original all-plywood chair design from the Eames couple.

This is a great example of how lighter woods can decorate a space to provide a feeling of lightness and calm. They tend to be less overwhelming, which is why you can have a chair completely in this color without resorting to the rule of thumb mentioned above.

Nelson Bench 70.5 inches ($1,005)

Inspired by the original design from George Nelson, this bench proves useful both indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s also a good example of lighter woods working together with darker materials (still wood in this case).

This kind of brown has almost a whitish appearance, meaning that it will work great with surroundings that match its aesthetic. It might not look too comfortable in darker spaces, unless it becomes a part of the background.

Inspired by the original design from George Nelson, this bench proves useful both indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s also a good example of lighter woods working together with darker materials (still wood in this case).

This kind of brown has almost a whitish appearance, meaning that it will work great with surroundings that match its aesthetic. It might not look too comfortable in darker spaces, unless it becomes a part of the background.