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A Pairing That May Surprise You


loft dining room with gray and brown decorating
Can brown and gray decorating even work?  Do these two colors really “go” together?

The answer to that question is: Definitely! 

Neutral territory.

Brown and gray are both neutrals, and they appear together way more than you may have noticed (nature, for example). So, yes, they can be a perfect pairing – and they also work well with many other colors.

Opposites attract.

As with any color, browns and grays can vary from cooler tints to warmer shades, but generally brown is thought of as a warmer color, while gray is considered more cool.

And that’s one of the reasons they’re so great together.

Gray can provide a nice visual break and cool things down in a room with mostly brown furniture, while brown can add warmth to a room that’s dominated by gray.

loft living room with brown motion furniture, gray windows and treatments.  Brown and gray decorating.
Mixing it up.

When you’re going with a mostly brown and gray color scheme, using various tints and shades of the two colors will keep things interesting.

And accenting this colour scheme with the stark contrast of white in trim, walls, accent walls (especially with texture – like brick or shiplap), and accessories can add a fun freshness to the mix.

Cozy living room in brown and gray. Pretty color palette with touches of green and blue

Gray walls with brown furniture.

I especially love the contrast of woods in a warm brown stain contrasted against gray walls, and white trim that makes it pop.

It’s beautiful in the bedroom below, and also works great when you want to give a fresh look to a kitchen that has brown cabinets.  (Been there, done that – love it.)

brown and gray decorating - master bedroom with gray walls, white trim, and brown bedroom furniture

Make accent colours pop.

And since brown and gray are both neutrals, they make the perfect backdrop for showcasing your current favourite accent colours.




Thank you blog.schneidermans for this great advice on pairing!

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.