What are good colors that go with dark brown.

My furniture is Brown my glasse tables are Brown and I have Brown paneling on the bottom half of my walls . Any ideas on how to brighten it up

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  • Peg Peg on Sep 30, 2017
    Gold and burgundy.
  • Jackie Spykerman Jackie Spykerman on Sep 30, 2017
    Aqua or turquoise are popular right now. You. Could also use fall colors like oranges and yellows
  • Emily Emily on Sep 30, 2017
    I love pink with brown. A nearby male decorator had a wonderful rosy color in his living room.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 30, 2017
    I've painted paneling in the past and it's an instant brighter. You could primer it and paint it any color you wish. I'd go with white myself. Use a floral drape or curtains and pick a color scheme from them. Example is light blue upper wall with lilac ceiling or pale green wall with blue ceiling...then throw pillows with patterns in similar colors and throw a pop of color in. Research how to mix patters, floral and stripe and pattern.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Sep 30, 2017
    dont forget about a rug over your carpet. Adds more pattern and color to break up the monotone. Now it doesn't matter that the sofa is the same as your tables. Add metallic accents to add some shine.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 30, 2017
    Paint the paneling the same color as the wall,use brighter accessories (pillows,carpets,paintings etc.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Sep 30, 2017
    I painted my panelling a warm creamy white. Although it has faded somewhat, I still love it almost 20 years later, day/night, summer/winter.

    One trick I like, is to find art work, a patterned tablecloth, curtain, rug, duvet, wallpaper etc. that you really like which has the brown shades in it. Use 2 other colours in it for your decor...
    Another trick is to pick up or look at a decor or fashion magazine with brown somewehere on the cover. What colour is the font or background?
    Interior Designer Ray Staples used to say that magazines use the latest colour combos and trends, and want to attract customers. If it goes together on the cover, it will go together in your home.
  • Bijous Bijous on Sep 30, 2017
    I love brown. It's such a good base color. I have a brown bedroom. The walls are a caramel color with white baseboards and door and door trim; the curtains are stark white covering the windows yet I've extended the rods to add rich brown velvet curtains on either side. The stark white allows the light to shine through with complete privacy. The bedspread is stark white, my furniture is brown and the rug is an antique with browns, blues, reds and golds. To me lighting is also key. Mine is on dimmers so it can be as bright or as low lighting as I want. Good luck!
  • Victoria Victoria on Sep 30, 2017
    Definitely paint your panelling, and all of your accessories should be on the light side. By that I mean natural wicker, jute, seagrass, etc. Beige or cream to offset all the heavy dark brown will do wonders to brighten your decor. Don't neglect ambient lighting, with adequate illumination even a dark room can feel warm and welcoming.
  • Peggy goldstein Peggy goldstein on Sep 30, 2017
    Always look to NATURE to answer any "what goes with" question! Leaves, their veins, stems, the trunk of the tree, ordifferent shades of a pinecone, or an acorn, or different shades of spots on leaves from the same tree! Same holds true for absolutely any color. greens, look at all the colors on the skin of a watermelon; reds, look at a pomegranite.
  • Dms8811450 Dms8811450 on Sep 30, 2017
    The right reds and yellows. Or, aquas and turquoise. Go through magazines and pull out pages you are drawn to. At the end of about a week compare you choices and see if you are drawn to a particular scheme. It will also depend on the decorating style you prefer. A light nuetral will work well with either of these suggestions to keep it from being too dark. I believe there is a suggested formula for accent colors in percentages. Very helpful in using the right balance. Have fun.
  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Sep 30, 2017
    Turquoise, dark yellow, a lighter shade of brown than your furniture, black and white would also look nice.
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