Decorating & Furniture/Drowning in brown


I live in a small apartment-850 sq. feet. It has wall to wall brown
carpeting. In addition, the kitchen, which is visible from the
living room, is paneled in brown wood. As I am renting, I cannot
really change any of that. What do you suggest to lighten things
up? I don't like to layer carpets- that just makes the rooms look

  Fortunately brown is a neutral color and its easy to get people eyes drawn to other things in the room. I would keep the wall color a light neutral color maybe a light tan color to bring your eyes up from the brown to the wall color. Keep baseboards white. If your carpet is a dark brown I would have large furniture not be light in color because this causes a contrast between the carpet and the large pieces of furniture. Don't be afraid to use brown in the decor of pillows and accessories because if the brown stands alone on the carpet it will then stand out. As far as making it brighter in the room, you should use white or off white drapery and add floor lamps and table lamps that uses white light. Stainless steel or metal decor can give it a clean modern look and light blues would be a nice accent color with the brown. Hope this information helps. Good Luck.

Rachel Mallon  

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