Professional interior decorators generally learn much about the aesthetics of the colors used for decorating; the colors which are most pleasing and attractive in various combinations. The best often study color psychology and draw from cultural attitudes toward color as sources for using colors in meaningful ways. They research art history and scientific studies to understand how colors might affect emotions and moods.
As public awareness of color symbolism throughout history and across cultures has deepened, decorating with color has taken on greater importance. Most people know what their favorite colors are, but now many also decorate intentionally. That is to say, they decorate their rooms with the goal of creating a specific mood, or they may know which colors affect them adversely and have reasons for avoiding those when decorating.
To decorate a beautiful kitchen with brown walls provides a satisfaction of both emotion and artistry, as most decorators generally view browns as both cozy and sophisticated, and this depends on the tone of brown used. Browns are also often viewed as great neutrals which serve to set the stage for furnishings and artwork. In some psychological and cultural vocabularies, browns are the calming color of nature and the earth. In others, browns provide the backdrop for dramatic rooms, pairing well with sparkling crystal, shiny metallic and shimmering art pieces. To decorate with brown in the kitchen can be a bold step into making a luxurious statement.
Here are ten beautiful kitchens which elevate earthy browns to decidedly new levels.
Bespoke Georgian Period Kitchen, London
Stunning in its simplicity and elegance, this London kitchen features deep mocha walls, medium brown parquet floors, and English oak finished in Georgian period soap finish, and pigmented lacquer hand-burnished to a high gloss. The marble island features streaks of deep brown and black, which complement the color palette of the room. The room’s original Georgian architecture was kept intact.
Sophisticated and Warm Open Floor Plan
This kitchen is part of a wide open space designed for entertaining. The sandy brown walls are anchored by custom cabinetry work which features sandy brown laminated granite counter tops. Ample pot lights and stunning brushed copper ceiling racks with candle lights provide shimmer. Toffee and cream colored ceramic floor tiles, and turned wood columns in shades of brown and dark taupe perfectly complement the rich toffee browns bringing unity to all the kitchen spaces.
Dark Chocolate Contemporary
The dark chocolate walls behind the cabinetry and functional units are dramatic contrasts within a handsome contemporary open kitchen. The pops of white and green colors in the accessories add excitement to the comfortable arrangement. Silver appliances with black and silver modern chair provide this highly contemporary floor plan with some shine, while the earthy elements keep it feeling grounded and neat.
Spectacular Ceiling, Granite and Plaster
This gorgeous kitchen does have a spectacular high ceiling. Its beauty is heightened with the use of brown plaster over tile work from the counter tops to the ceiling. While the floors are light beige, the counter tops are granite streaked with the same color brown used in the plastered walls. The medium stained cabinetry has an appealing Old World quality. Above the crown moldings, a light sandy brown paint is applied to the ceiling. Then, reaching to the highest point, the generous windows are framed in mottled wood. The overall effect is one of spaciousness, not only due to the architecture, but due to the careful use of a complementary brown color palette.
Black Brown Backsplash Tiles
With its rich warm brown flooring and sprightly green accent walls, the spicy red brown cabinetry and brown black backsplash tiles in this sophisticated kitchen add to its appeal. The backsplash tiles are a mélange of browns and deep black brown which add visual texture to the otherwise sleek kitchen components. These are colors for a cozy welcoming spot, brightened with the cream colored pendant light over the sink which perfectly matches the creamy colored counter tops.
Sparkling Glass Pendant Chandeliers
Two sparkling chandeliers identify the central dining and gathering areas in this traditional kitchen. The light coffee brown walls are perfectly paired with creamy white cabinetry and crown molding. Ample pot lights add extra task lighting throughout the kitchen. The cabinetry contrasts well with the wood grained flooring. The metallic brown appliances add sophisticated shimmer to this charming design.
Elegant White and Light Brown
Everything about this kitchen area evokes a sense of an elegant past era. The furnishings, cabinetry, woodwork are all milky white. Dark wood chairs coordinate with the dark drawer pulls of the kitchen drawers and cabinet doors. The pendant lighting above features milky white glass with black wrought iron hardware. The very light brown painted walls are of the same color family as the subdued taupe on the tile backsplash surrounding the sink area. Simple Roman shades in muted blues, greens and browns adds the crowning touch to this lovely kitchen.
Contemporary Exposed Natural Stone Wall
For the efficiency minded, this contemporary kitchen is quite spectacular. Though it is a study of brown on brown, the glory of the design is seen in the textures of the wood, floor, ceilings, walls, backsplash and countertops. The wood plank flooring is filled with varied hues which bring out the grain. The exposed natural stone walls feature variegated brown stonework which is simply beautiful. Sleek countertops in brown echo the sleek cabinetry. The stonework reaches the wood beamed ceilings and spreads a warm feeling to the highest points in the kitchen.
Toasty Brown Traditional
With its predominantly toast colored walls and creamy white ceiling, this stylish kitchen is beautifully appointed with deep brown countertops, finely crafted creamy white wood cabinetry, satin finish appliances and sprightly silver pendant lights. It is a beautiful, functional kitchen with plenty of open space for food preparation and gathering for kitchen conversation.
Brown Glass Subway Tile Walls
When choosing brown wall options, paint is not the only way to go. This nostalgic kitchen uses brown tile as backsplashes throughout all of the work areas in the extended kitchen. The coffee colored tile features cream grouting which coordinates with the ceiling color. There are also touches of creamy white paint on window frames. With custom cabinetry and moldings in creamy white painted wood, the overall effect is stylish and sleek. The brown pendent lights and deep chocolate range hood add extra drama to the design.