Monday, May 12, 2008

Brown & Green...for me


The combination of brown and blue is a classic. But like a popular song played on the radio a few hundred times too many, it can leave you wanting something else. This shirt at Boden USA caught my eye - loved the green accenting the brown. It got me thinking...I would really like a brown room. And, it just so happens, my periwinkle blue office is in need of a paint job after eight years. I love wearing brown so I'm going to try it out on my office - Benjamin Moore's North Creek Brown to be exact. A very deep, bronzy brown that is currently painted on the back of my bookcases. (the room gets alot of light) Although I love blue I'm going to try green accents. These rooms are inspiring me...
(p.s. this shirt is super soft)

See below. Don't worry my primitive rendering is only temporary. I have complied with a request to remove the pictures of Craig Henson's gorgeous green and brown room. However, the designer has graciously agreed to send me some wonderful photos later today; many more than I had originally posted. So check back tomorrow for even more terrific photos of this room!

In the meantime, click here and you will be taken to a page where you should click on the second thumbnail. This is the same photo that first appeared as part of this post.

Craig Henson did a wonderful job pulling in the brown/green theme with the outdoor furnishings - which you catch a glimpse of through the open french doors. I"m also intriqued that he painted the crown and base molding the same color. (the subject of a previous post) This room was very restful to be in.


Traditional Home November 2005
Love this library - soothing and stately at the same time.

In this Cole & Son wallpaper, brown and green is fun and lively.

Living etc June 2007, Wallpaper Cole & Son


Williams Sonoma Home Harrison Living Room
Kenneth Brown via Desire to Inspire
Kenneth Brown via Mom's Turf - This wall treatment is terrific and really sets off the green couch.
HGTV Green House
HGTV Green House
HGTV Green House
House Beautiful, June 2006, Mary McDonald Technically not a straight brown/green palette but I think the yellow green looks terrific with the dark brown armoire and the pale ice blue accent pillow.

Benjamin Moore North Creek Brown via House Beautiful. The second picture shows it in a room although on the computer it appears more muddy/grey than it does in my home.

Two images via House Beautiful

More brown and green from my home.
The earrings I often like to wear when I wear my brown polk-a-dot shirt.


I have two of these ginger jars - not sure if I'll move them from the entry but it's a possibility.

26 comments:

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

I lurve brown and blue.......I also lurvvvvvvvvve green and brown....your images are wonderful...I particularly like the one with the wallpaper on the space under the stairs.......I've always thought of painting mine .....this looks fab !!

Megan said...

I love all three colors, so we combined them in our rooms. We painted our walls a soft blue, accented with green elements, and most of our furniture is dark brown. We love the look! You can see the wall color in the 'So Fresh & So Clean' post.
I love all the images and look forward to seeing your results!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love all of those colors!!

Alkemie said...

Michele, Thank YOU for the great post!! I have really been obsessed with green lately and this is a beautiful post! Thanks for the inspiration.

Karen

Kwana said...

These are so beautiful. I just love brown and green. So sophisticated.

pve design said...

Ding, Ding, Ding, we have a winner! Brown and Green are number 1 in my book! Please show us the room when you are ready! Oh I love that you were inspired by the shirt off your back!

Hooked on Houses said...

I just popped over here from Rambling Renovators and can't believe I hadn't found your lovely blog before. I got lost in all of the beautiful photos. Thanks! -Julia :-)

SimplyGrove said...

I love this color combination!! Such a good post!!!

LondonCalling said...

Great fresh color combination. Can't wait to see the final result!

pve design said...

Stalking this post again and examining every object.
I so want to do this to my porch, off my "green" kitchen - Are you covered in brown paint? That brown color makes me want to lick the walls!

Pigtown-Design said...

I never had any brown before last summer when i bought the most gorgeous skirt at talbots. then i found that i actually liked combining brown with pink, blue and green.

Is there a Boden store around here?

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. PVE - I'm hoping to start painting Friday. Pigtown - I ordered from the Boden catalog, I haven't seen a local store.

Things That Inspire said...

Great post...so many pictures I had not seen before! I really liked the blue/brown combination that has been so popular the past few years. The green/brown reminds me a bit more of the 60s; it has a retro feel to it.

I LOVE my Boden clothes. They fit me so well, and have the greatest patterns. I had not noticed the top you featured!

Jen said...

found your blog via Wash Post. I love the brown/green combo & am planning to use it in my master bedroom (still builder white after 8 years!). Thanks for the inspiration.

Pigtown-Design said...

Great mention in the Post this morning! Good on ya!

katiedid said...

Great post! I am loving a little brown and green. And I have been thinking about buying a Boden shirt, so you just clinched the deal for me.

Congrats on your Washington Post mention! Great job. :)

Carolina Eclectic said...

Brown and Green for me too. I love the Cole and Son wallpaper!

Robin said...

I love green and brown, my bathroom is pale chartreuse with white waffle-weave shower curtain and all green and chocolate accents, towels, etc.

Congrats on the Washington Post mention!

(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/email/2005/03/31/EM2005033118307.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter)

Be the change..... said...

I love brown and green - brown is my favorite neutral color (is that a fair thing to have as a favorite?). That room at the DC Design house was my favorite one in the house! Was glad to see you write about it!

LondonCalling said...

Congrats!!! Saw my blogging pal featured on the Washington Post this morning. So glad to see you featured!

Wanderluster said...

Brown & green is one of my favourite combinations... so much so, that I used it for my wedding last year. I love it paired too with small accents of yellow.

Congrats on the Washington Post mention!

Cartolina said...

me too me too - brown and green - love it!
We just released a whole new collection with lots of brown and green - were you sending me psychic messages?!

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{this is glamorous} said...

Congratulations on the mention in the Washington Post--love the colour combination--so warm and earthy.

pve design said...

mnh-
alright, keep that brush wet, and come here and help with my little porch! I cannot get away from chocolate or lime this week. Could it possibly be this post.
Subliminal imaging. I have always said, 2 colors are right. 2 and no more.
pve

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