June 18, 2024


Carefully Crafted Home

What color walls go with brown furniture? 4 tones to try

Brown furniture is pretty timeless, but whether it’s a wooden sideboard or a leather couch, it can be tricky to get right in a way that feels effortlessly modern. The secret? Pairing it with a contrasting wall color that flatters it. It doesn’t matter whether you have a vintage, mahogany dining table, or a modern console, combining it with fresh wall paint colors can set any furniture in the very best light.

Whether you’ve inherited brown furniture you’re not sure what to do with, or have some pieces of living room furniture you love but need help making work in your place, these wall colors are worth experimenting with. 

1. Cream 

A wooden console kept against a cream wall

(Image credit: Nicole Franzen. Studio Jessica Gersten Interiors)

If you have a small living room with lots of bulky wooden furniture, the best bet would be to not crowd it visually with ‘heavy’ colors. Consider neutrals that will open up the room, make it feel more airy, and will also provide a nice background for the tables, chairs, and consoles. The darker the wood, the better it will look against a cream or beige wall.