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Brown Paint Colours

The thought of incorporating brown paint in your interior scheme might not initially sound like a good idea but it's a lot easier than you think and is a rising trend as we head into 2024. It's not all muddy doom and gloom, there are some really popular brown paint colours out there that will create cosy, warm and inviting spaces in your home. Little Greene just launched a collection featuring shades of brown in September 2023 called 'Sweet Treats' inspired by Italian desserts that includes some really beautiful new colours. 

We stock paint colours from all the top trade paint brands that can be colour-matched to any of the colours you see below or elsewhere, as well as the designer ranges themselves such as Little Greene, Farrow and Ball, Dulux Heritage, Craig & Rose, Paint and Paper Library and Benjamin Moore. If you're feeling inspired, order some sample pots and start your next project sooner than you think!

What Are The Most Popular Brown Paint Colours?

Dulux Trade Caramel Cream


Craig and Rose Kashmir Beige


Crown Crafted One of a Kind


Paint & Paper Library Mchanga


Benjamin Moore Cinnamon


Little Greene Scullery

How To Create a Brown Colour Scheme

In general, it's usually a good idea to choose a trio of shades for your colour scheme. The primary colour, constituting 60% of the palette, takes the lead, followed by the secondary colour at roughly 30%, and finally, the accent colour at 10%. When working with browns, consider designating a neutral hue as your primary shade, applying it to three walls, the ceiling, and woodwork. Your chosen brown paint colour then steps in as the secondary shade, creating a captivating feature wall. To add that final touch, let's say black is your accent colour; bring it in with cushions, hardware trims, or curtains. 

When it comes to brown paint colours, don't hesitate to be daring. If your space enjoys abundant natural sunlight, consider elevating brown to your primary color. Envelope the walls, ceiling, and woodwork with its warm embrace, reserving your secondary colour for carpets and furniture. As for the accent colour, let it shine on cushions and small accessories, adding the perfect finishing touches to your well-crafted colour scheme.


Little Greene Ganache is one of nine new colours for 2023 and is part of the 'Sweet Treats' collection. It's a rich, delectable shade that works well in period properties wrapped all around the room.


Dulux Heritage Tudor Brown is a deep brown with a charcoal undertone. Pair it with a dark neutral woodwork and ceiling for a dramatic look.


Crown Trade Saddle Stitch is a warm brown that isn't too dark, pair it with a milky neutral for a cosy feel. 

Where to use Brown Paint Colours?

Brown paint can be used anywhere, it's not just for fences and sheds. Often the most popular neutral shades have a brown undertone and if you're looking to add warmth but want something more daring than a neutral, brown is the perfect colour. 

You might want to try creating a brown living room or a cosy dining room aesthetic using a warm brown shade like Little Greene Affogato or try something darker like Little Greene Chocolate Colour and create a luxury bathroom space. If you'd like to pair with a lighter tone, orange paint colours may also provide some additional inspiration and a delightful pairing.

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