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Brown Paint Colours

Ranging from grounding, earthy shades to deep, luxurious hues, brown paint creates a range of moods to suit every room – and outside space too – without ever feeling cold. Once considered past its prime, this versatile colour family is back in vogue and more popular than ever. 

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Brown Paint Schemes


Find inspiration for your project and view beautiful images of brown paint schemes in real homes.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best brown paint colour? 

Often overlooked, brown is a wonderfully grounding shade. This earthy colour family offers a rich palette of shades that evoke a sense of comfort and warmth. Each shade has its own character and responds differently to light, so choosing the "best" brown depends on what look and feel you want to create. From rich chocolate tones to soft beige hues, our palette offers a selection of shades to add timeless elegance to your space.  

What colour goes best with brown paint? 

A versatile neutral, brown works wonderfully with a variety of colours. From soft whites to deep purples, colour schemes that feature brown are cosy, inviting and sophisticated. You can find recommended pairings, including a complementary white, for each of our browns — simply find the colour on our website or colour card. 

What effect does brown paint have on a room? 

Brown is an inherently comforting colour and brings a soothing sense of security to a space. Depending on the specific shade you choose, it can feel effortlessly sophisticated or add a rustic charm. Rich browns work particularly well in rooms you retire to in the evening, creating an inviting, relaxing atmosphere.  

Should I paint my whole room brown? 

Whether you colour drench your space in one shade or layer a selection of similar tones across different surfaces, painting a whole room brown creates a wonderfully cosy feel. Light brown tones act as neutrals, so these are ideal if you’re looking for a simple, sophisticated scheme. On the other hand, deep, dark shades are irresistibly inviting. So, if you want to paint your whole room brown, we’re right behind you.  

How can I choose the right shade of brown? 

There is no right or wrong shade of brown, there’s only the shade that creates the look you want, and those that don’t. So, to find that shade, you have to decide how you want your finished space to look and feel. If you want an intimate, cosy room you may want a darker brown than if you’d like a soft, open space. Once you’ve decided what you want, sample a few shades to see how they work with your light and furnishings. 

How do I make sure I get the best finish with brown paint? 

We always recommend using a Primer & Undercoat in the correct tone for your topcoat. It’s tempting to skip this step, but preparing your surface creates an even, easy-to-paint canvas and a durable, deep finish. Also, be sure to stir your paint thoroughly before you start — and by thoroughly, we mean for at least a couple of minutes.