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Decorating in Woodland Colors

Use these warm shades of brown and green to evoke the mood of a forest in autumn.


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    • Go Dark

      Rich espresso-colored walls offer black's sophisticated drama without the harshness. Adding light accessories, such as the white table, shell-encrusted mirror, and painted chair brighten the look. Luxurious silk drapes combine both shades, and an orange bowl and colorful pillow add just a touch of brightness to the otherwise neutral space.

      Benjamin Moore; French Press/AF-170;

    • Soft Green

      A muted shade of green is a practical way to add a bit of fall color to your room without committing to a bold red or orange. The wall color is combined with a pale green glass lamp, neutral accessories, and a touch of gold. A live plant is a natural choice to add some freshness.

      Benjamin Moore; Seedling/AF-420;

    • Pair with Red

      The taupe walls in this room balance a bold red rug. Wide white molding separates the wall from the floor and gives your eye a place to rest. The delicate lines of the curvy desk and chair punctuate the room with black.

      Benjamin Moore; Sparrow/AF-720;

    • Balance a Pattern

      When displaying highly patterned accessories, such as this colorful rug and striped vases, it is smart to choose a wall color that will offer a neutral backdrop to your beautiful objects. This deep shade of brown does the trick. Wood floors, white trim, and a bamboo table complement the space nicely.

      Sherwin Williams; Chateau Brown/SW7510;

    • Green and Cream

      Forest green paint adds depth and richness to a room, making it a great choice for traditional rooms. In this living room, it is paired with drapery, couch, and lampshade, all in an elegant shade of champagne. The light wood floor is left bare and just a touch of black is added by the coffee and end tables. Velvet pillows repeat a softer shade of the wall color.

      Dutch Boy; Wreath D14-1;

    • Light and Elegant

      This elegant dining room is painted a fresh shade of green. Cream-colored trim is a nice alternative to stark white, and even the ceiling is painted a soothing gold. Cream drapes, upholstered chairs, and a rug continue the color scheme, and the framed artwork repeats the wall color. A dark china hutch anchors the light-hued room.

      Dutch Boy; Dancing Leaf D11-2, Woonsocket Bronze C18-3, Cypress C18-1;

    • Rustic Style

      The milk chocolate wall color in this warm living room feels warm and earthy. Traditional leather, cozy fabrics, and a stone fireplace keep with the theme. A pair of botanical prints stand out with pale mats.

      Dutch Boy; Firewood B14-1;

    • Neutrals with a Kick

      Black, white, and tan make a chic color palette. Here, the tan is found on the walls and the other elements -- from the floor to the furniture to the accessories -- are either black or white. The muted green built-in bookcase adds a punch of color to the room, which is a very sophisticated effect.

      Sherwin Williams; Lemon Grass/SW7732;

    • Mix It Up

      If you can't commit to just one color, don't be afraid to experiment with combinations. Three different shades were used in this dining/living room. The wood floor and white trim unify the space. The living room is defined by a large Oriental rug and comfortable brown furniture.

      Dutch Boy; Submarine D5-1, Trail Blazer C10-2, Wells Beach C10-4;

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      Cozy Cabin

      This living room is painted a stony gray -- a wonderful choice for picking up the subtle variations of color in the fireplace. Warm wood looks great against the wall color and dark brown leather furniture gives the space the comfortable feel of a lodge.

      Sherwin William; Meadow Trail/SW7737;

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      Relaxing Bath

      Warm camel-colored walls and lots of dark stained wood give this bathroom a feeling of luxury. The large basin tub is perfect for pampering, and open shelves allow plenty of space for storing items just within arm's reach. The earthy tile floor incorporates all the shades of brown in the bathroom.

      Pittsburgh Paints; Equestrian Chic (Leather, Stone, and Wood) 530-7, 315-5, 314-2, 316-7, 316-4;

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      Simply Gray

      The pale gray wall color in this spacious dining room is a great choice because, with so much wall area, bold color could have overpowered. Black furniture helps to anchor the room and a large rug under the table defines the space. Rustic wood beams and baseboards lend natural warmth.

      Sherwin Williams; Willow Tree/SW7741;

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      Hot Color Combo

      Chocolate brown and bright apple green is a fresh color combination. The ornate white mirror really pops against the wall and the cheery tablecloth is a fun accessory.

      Benjamin Moore; Wood Grain Brown/2109-30;

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      Neutral Paint Colors

      With tones as varied as driftwood gray and creamy latte, neutrals are anything but boring. Browse our top neutral paint color picks to find the right hue for your rooms. Plus, learn the best tricks for decorating in neutrals.
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