Brown Living Room Ideas

Brown living room ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a brown living room and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Design Challenge designed by B Andrews
Design ChallengeDesigned by B Andrews
Back Wall designed by Chase Hazard
Back WallDesigned by Chase Hazard
Living Room Vibe 2 designed by Lauren Thorp
Living Room Vibe 2Designed by Lauren Thorp
Eclectic designed by Stephanie Sutton
EclecticDesigned by Stephanie Sutton
Court - Living Room  designed by Holly Larzelier
Court - Living Room Designed by Holly Larzelier
Untitled designed by Chase Hazard
UntitledDesigned by Chase Hazard
Homebody Design Challenge designed by Stephanie Sutton
Homebody Design ChallengeDesigned by Stephanie Sutton
Living Room Furniture designed by ali mcsweeney
Living Room FurnitureDesigned by ali mcsweeney
Living Room Mood Board designed by Robin Gahan
Living Room Mood BoardDesigned by Robin Gahan
Loft designed by Alexa Dayan
LoftDesigned by Alexa Dayan
Abigail Bell Design Challenge designed by Shellie Kemp
Abigail Bell Design ChallengeDesigned by Shellie Kemp
Living Room Layout designed by Hilah Stahl
Living Room LayoutDesigned by Hilah Stahl
Sabai Design Challenge designed by Sona Mansharamani
Sabai Design ChallengeDesigned by Sona Mansharamani
San Junipero Textile Studio Design Challenge designed by Sona Mansharamani
San Junipero Textile Studio Design ChallengeDesigned by Sona Mansharamani
Vintage vibes designed by Sona Mansharamani
Vintage vibesDesigned by Sona Mansharamani
LuxStudioApt designed by Ashley McCain
LuxStudioAptDesigned by Ashley McCain
N_Space_2 designed by Suzan Ahmed
N_Space_2Designed by Suzan Ahmed
Living Room Vibe designed by Lauren Thorp
Living Room VibeDesigned by Lauren Thorp
Living room designed by Francesca Pasquali
Living roomDesigned by Francesca Pasquali
Sundays Furniture. Design Challenge designed by Tia Johnson
Sundays Furniture. Design ChallengeDesigned by Tia Johnson
Homebody Design Challenge v2 designed by Stephanie Sutton
Homebody Design Challenge v2Designed by Stephanie Sutton
Orange Vibes designed by Kate Seymour
Orange VibesDesigned by Kate Seymour
Living Room designed by Kerry Drapcho
Living RoomDesigned by Kerry Drapcho
Scout Design Studio entry designed by Miranda Beck
Scout Design Studio entryDesigned by Miranda Beck

Design tips for decorating a brown style living room

Here’s how to achieve the brown aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a brown living room?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home. But if you ask us, the living room gives it a run for its money since it’s likely the most used room in your house. From entertaining guests to lounging around reading a book to watching way too much TV (no judgment here), your main living space has to be both comfortable and functional. Open-concept living spaces may also include an eating area or a full dining room for easy living.

Whether you're in the process of a living room remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the living room and complements the style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Sofa, Couch, or Sectional: A staple of any living room, the sofa or couch provides a comfortable seating option for relaxation and socializing. The sofa should be the functional focal point of the room. When creating the furniture plan for your living room, start with the sofa as the largest piece of furniture and plan the rest of the room around it. If you have a small living room, you may want to select a sofa with a shallower depth or a L-shaped sectional to maximize your seating space. If you have a large living room, you may want to consider multiple couches to take advantage of your space.
  • Armchairs: These individual accent chairs offer additional seating and can be placed strategically around the living room to create cozy conversation areas. In addition to leaving space around furniture groupings, make sure to also leave space around each piece of furniture. This allows people to move freely using various routes within the living room. It's important to strike a balance between creating a cozy seating area and providing enough room for easy navigation.
  • Coffee Table: A central piece, the coffee table sits in front of the sofa and provides a surface for placing drinks, books, and other items. Pro tip: The recommended distance between a coffee table and the sofa in a living room is roughly 15-18”. This allows for enough space to move around comfortably and ensures that the coffee table is within easy reach from the seating area.
  • Side Tables and/or Ottomans: Placed next to sofas or armchairs, side tables offer a convenient surface for placing lamps, drinks, or other small items. Ottomans are even more versatile and can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even a side table or coffee table when paired with a tray. Choose side tables or ottomans that are proportionate to the furniture they accompany. The height of the side table should be similar to or slightly lower than the armrest or seat height of the sofa or chair.
  • Console, Entertainment Center or TV Stand: This furniture piece typically houses the television and often includes additional storage for media devices, gaming consoles, or to display decorative items. Ensure that the size of the media console is proportionate to the size of the screen it will be supporting. Even if you don’t plan to include a TV in your living room (we support your decision for less screen time!), a freestanding console or built-in shelving unit is great for storage and organization. You can hide (or replace) your TV with a large piece of wall art.
  • Area Rug: It’s common to include an area rug in a living room for extra warmth and coziness. If possible, all furniture pieces should “live” on the rug in your living room. If your rug doesn’t really allow for that, then at least the front legs should be atop the rug. This ensures the furniture doesn’t look like it’s floating in the room.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. Typically in a living room, you’d want a flush surface mount light or chandelier on the ceiling and wall-mounted sconces or table lamps placed around the room for mood lighting.
  • ** Decor Accessories**: Decor in a living room can transform a living area into a vibrant tapestry of textures, colors, and forms, creating a welcoming and personalized environment that reflects your style. The strategic placement of books, vases, and candles on coffee tables or shelves infuses the room with character and warmth. Throw pillows and blankets introduce texture and color helping to make the space feel cozier. Wall art helps to ground the space and showcase your personal taste and interests. Mirrors can amplify light, making the room feel more expansive.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the living room.

Get creative and have fun with your living room makeover! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Living Room.

How do you decorate with brown?

More popular with traditional and mid-century design styles, brown is making a modern comeback. Chocolate.

Lighter browns can create a backdrop of subtle warmth, perfect for spaces meant to feel open and airy. Darker browns add depth and solidity, ideal for creating focal points or a sense of grounding in larger spaces.

Brown can serve as a neutral foundation in your color palette, allowing other colors to pop and stand out. Consider using brown as a base color for larger furniture pieces like sofas or rugs. The beauty of brown often lies in its texture. Incorporate brown through natural materials such as wood, leather, or even brick walls to add depth and tactile interest to your space. A richly grained wooden table or a supple leather armchair can bring warmth and character.

Brown pairs well with a variety of colors. For a sophisticated, modern look, pair dark browns with jewel tones like sapphire blue or emerald green. To prevent your space from feeling too heavy or monochromatic, balance brown with lighter neutrals such as cream, beige, or soft gray. These colors can help lift the visual weight of brown and create a harmonious, balanced look.

To embrace the natural moodiness of brown, incorporate other earth tones like taupe, terracotta, caramel, or burnt orange. These warm and rich hues can create a sense of depth and sophistication in your space. Consider using these shades in upholstery, curtains, or even wall paint to add warmth and character to your living room.

Brown pairs beautifully with warm colors like orange, red, or gold. Consider incorporating these warm hues through accent pillows, throws, or artwork to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The combination of brown with warm colors can evoke a sense of comfort and relaxation.

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