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Brilliant Blue and Brown

Blue and brown are a perfect pair

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes
  • Peter Rymwid and John Bessler

    Blue and brown are a match made in heaven. Whether in light and airy hues, dark and rich shades—or a combination of the two—this dazzling duo can liven up any space.

    Bold Guest Room

    A chocolate brown wall is a delicious backdrop for bold accessories. The striped paper overhead adds a fun element of surprise. 

    Interior Design: Lauren Guarcello

  • Jessie Preza and Colleen Duffley

    Tortoise Shell Dining Room

    Tortoise shell wall covering emboldens this dining room while a dusk-blue ceiling tones it down. 

    Interior Design: Andrew Howard

  • John Bessler

    Seaside Style 

    On the sofa, the wall, and underfoot, brown and blue play together throughout this seaside room.

    Interior Design: Eric Cohler

  • John Bessler

    Artful Bedroom

    The Louis J. Solomon bench at the end of the bed helps articulate the room’s brown and blue palette.

    Interior Design: Eric Cohler

  • John Bessler

    Cool Corner

    Blue and brown and patterns, oh my! Don’t be scared. This trio harmonizes beautifully. 

    Interior Design: Eric Cohler

    See the rest of the Eric Cohler designed showhouse here

  • Colleen Duffley

    Handsome Study

    A blue rug adds a handsome touch of color to an otherwise neutral room.

    Interior Design: Robert Brown

  • John Bessler

    Blue and White Bedroom

    Varying shades of blue are enhanced by white and grounded with brown in this young adult bedroom.

    Interior Design: Brad Boles

  • John Granen

    Patterned Pillows

    Blue patterned throw pillows add interest to a brown sitting area in this great room.

    Interior Design: Mark Ashby and Mary Ames

  • Dominique Vorillon

    Grand Living Room

    A blue bauble chandelier dazzles above a living room with a chocolate brown chair. 

    Interior Design: Hélène Aumont

  • Colleen Duffley

    Funky Fresh

    Vintage mixes with contemporary in a renovated brown and blue living room.

    Interior Design: Bob Williams

    For more of Bob Williams' home, click here. 

  • Michal Venera

    Exotic Escape

    The blue daybed adds a pop of color to an otherwise calm and ethereal space.

    Interior Design: Jonathan Staub and Marion Philpotts Miller

  • Robert Brantley

    Beachy Keen

    Neutral hues create textural warmth while the splashes of blue nod to the ocean outside.

    Interior Design: Joseph Cortes and Kevin Marnell

  • John Bessler

    Cheerful Family Room

    Bright turquoise walls complement cheerful brown-and-white covered furniture in this seaside space.

    Interior Design: Mary O’Brien Cabaron

  • John Bessler

    Trellis Draperies

    The trellis-patterned blue-and-brown draperies provide a subtle contrast to the blue-hued walls.

    Interior Design: Mary O’Brien Cabaron

    The rest of this spacious beach house can be seen here.

  • Emily Followill

    Dream Team

    A dreamy neutral backdrop of cream and taupe sets the stage for gorgeous blue and chocolate accents in this Southern home.

    Interior Design: Heather Dewberry and William C. Huff Jr. 

  • Electric Company

    Turquoise silk on the backs of the dining chairs is striking against the dark dining table and cream-colored walls.

    Interior Design: Megan Perry Yorgancioglu 

  • Cool Turquoise Family Room

    It's all about the accessories in this family room where traditional and modern blend. 

    Interior Design: Megan Perry Yorgancioglu 

    Click here to check out the rest of this classically cool home. 

  • Emily Followill

    Going Stag

    Woodsy meets welcoming in a cushy, colorful throw designed by Tobi Fairley.

    Interior Design: Tobi Fairley

  • John Bessler and Peter Rymwid

    Bright Balance

    Upholstered bar stools continue the blue motif in the kitchen and are striking against dark wood cabinets.

    Kitchen Design: Julia Kleyman
    Interior Design: Tony Manning

  • Dominique Vorillon

    Sela’s Style

    Blue chairs in spill-proof fabric sit atop a brown rug by Ebanista in the breakfast area.

    Interior Design: Ann Runyon Carter

    More of Sela Ward's stylish home can be seen here.