Color Series: Decorating With Blue And Brown

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When I think of rustic decorating, I immediately think of natural and what could be more natural than earth and sky?   That is why I wanted to start my color series with those two natural colors – blue and brown.   I love the combination of a very pale blue with a rich chocolate brown which is very reminiscent of the soft sky and a rich earth tone.

Brown is an easy color to decorate with, especially for accents.  You can associate brown with warmth and comfort – think of a big cozy brown leather chair!  Blue, on the other hand, is cool and soothing.  It makes a great wall color choice.  The two colors together make a perfect pair!

It was pretty easy to find several examples of this color combination in a rustic style of decorating.  I think you will like what I found:

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I love the wall color in this dining area!  It is the perfect shade of soft gray blue and makes a stunning back drop to the rustic brown light fixture and rich brown floor.

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This country style bedroom looks so soothing and inviting!  The colors make it feel spa like.

And, speaking of spa like, I love the color combination in a bathroom like this!

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Another fun bedroom combo!  I like all of the great accessories in this one too, like the light fixture and the stack of vintage suitcases.

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I love the blue and brown combination in this room.  It is rustic and artsy at the same time with the geometric rug and all white trophy mount over the fireplace.  The warm colors seem to draw you right in.

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Here is a cottage-y looking sitting room with a lot of blue and some brown.  I would probably add a rich brown leather chair to add even more warmth and throw in some birch accents for a super cozy retreat.

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I end with an example of a darker blue wall again with a brown wood floor and some wood accents on the wall.

How do you like the color combination?  Let me know your thoughts!

Happy Decorating!

Renee Hanlon

I'm addicted to crafting and decorating my downtown urban loft and up north rustic cabin. Read more about me.
5 comments
  1. These are beautiful! I did our living room/dining room in 3 shades of this same blue with brown accents and I love it! I was never a “blue” person so this was outside my comfort zone but I’m glad I did it.

  2. I love blue and brown together. I would have said that I would never paint a room blue but now I have two rooms mys bedroom and my craft room both have a soft teal blue and brown accessories so relaxing I love it. And I love your pics.

  3. I’ve always loved both colors in just about any shade. Until it became “the in thing” I never realized how stunning they are together.

    With just a tad lighter wall color, I could stay in the last bedroom scene forevah.

  4. The blue and brown combination is definitely popular — probably because it is so soothing together. Thanks for your comments Lauren, Linda and Tee 🙂

  5. Hi Renee,
    Fantastic ideas and beautiful pictures too! You are right, these colors are soothing plus blue/brown helps make a room feel friendly too.

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