Embracing Mid-Tone Browns in Modern Interior Design

by Jul 2, 2024post0 comments

The rise of mid-tone browns

From chic living rooms to stylish bedrooms, mid-tone browns are making a striking appearance. These warm, inviting shades are finding their place in both modern and classic designs, bringing a fresh yet timeless feel. Whether you pair them with vibrant accents or mix them with neutral tones, mid-tone browns are perfect for creating cosy, sophisticated spaces.

We love seeing more mid-tone browns in 2024 as it adds a touch of elegance and warmth to interiors. It’s exciting to see how designers and homeowners alike are embracing these beautiful hues, transforming spaces into inviting, stylish sanctuaries.

We had the privilege of seeing Suzy Hoodless’ cleverly designed “The Dining Space” at WOWhouse!  in June 2024. Hoodless masterly blended the room with mid-tone browns, giving it a multi-dimensional quality that truly stands out.

Credit: James MacDonald Photography and Suzy Hoodless

Titled “Of the Earth”, Hoodless uses furniture, accessories, and fabrics to celebrate natural textures and hues. The earthy palette of the room captures the essence of Cornwall’s landscape, featuring hand-illustrated motifs like native Monterey Pine trees and delicate thistles against a dusky backdrop of bronze and copper tones. This rich design creates an atmosphere of calm tranquillity, perfectly showcasing how brown can be sophisticated, inviting, and plain gorgeous.

Yet, despite brown’s rise in popularity in decor, it’s still an unlikely choice for paint. The Little Greene Paint Company’s ‘Sweet Treats’ collection offers a scrumptious selection of browns for the perfect opportunity to bring mid-tone hues into interior design projects.

But even though we see these shades on mood boards and in design plans, it’s not often that we see brown as the star of the show when it comes to the primary room colour. 

Hues and tones of brown paint by The Little Greene Company

Hues and tones of brown by The Little Greene Company, ‘Sweet Treats’ collection

It was specialist colour forecaster and expert, Anna Starmer, who once said that
“to consider a colour one must first consider the surface”.

Mid-tone brown surfaces

And when you think about today’s interior design, brown is often represented in furnishings of wood, marble, velvet. Essentially anything other than paint. These types of materials certainly have more potential to offer depth compared to the plain connotations of ‘a brown wall’.

For this reason, we love Kelly Wearstler’s collection ‘Transcendence’. It perfectly demonstrates the art of showcasing brown hues through surfaces in furniture. Wearstler’s innovative use of browns highlights the versatility of brown as a foundational element in interior design through the texture and richness of the furniture.

When inviting these hues into various surfaces and materials, this approach illustrates how brown can be celebrated in ways that go beyond conventional painting techniques, offering a new perspective on its aesthetic potential in modern interiors.

Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection of tables in hues and tones of brown
Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection brown strip table

The beauty of brown

Beautifully integrated mid-tone browns are also seen in Pierce and Ward’s Nashville Country Road.

This collection presents the beauty of using brown in furnishings, elevating the room to a whole new level of sophistication.

Every element of the bedroom is meticulously curated to harmonise shades of brown. Dark brown flooring grounds the space, complemented by bronze-coloured bed frames that add a touch of opulence.

With dark brown beams that enhance the room’s architectural character, while a mid-tone beige panelled wall provides a warm backdrop. A chest of drawers in a rich, dark wood finish stands between the beds, offering both functionality and visual interest.

Bedcovers in varying mid-tone browns bring texture and depth, while a strategically placed chest at the end of the bed adds a final touch of style and practicality to the space. 



Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in furniture

Here in the living area, we love the soft stone brown sofa that anchors the room, complemented by the mid-tone browns of the armchairs. The regal rug ties the seating area together with its rich browns, while the circular mirror with its almost gold-brown frame adds a touch of sophistication.

The wallpaper, with its vertical stripes reminiscent of tree trunks intertwined with green vines, brings a natural and artistic flair to the space. The perfect backdrop. Forest green accents on the doorframes and staircase trim contrast beautifully with the mid-tone browns, adding character with flair.

It’s truly a masterful combination of colours and textures, and a space that is both inviting and visually striking.

The bathroom is a testament to harmonious design and thoughtful details. The same beige panelled wall from the bedroom creates a seamless transition, offering a calm and neutral backdrop.

The rectangular mirrors on the back wall with their delicately framed dark brown trim add a touch of decadence. And by accenting each mirror with a unique light feature, hung with brown and white crumpled paper-like wires, creates an intricate and artistic effect reminiscent of fir cones. 

The freestanding sinks with legs designed to resemble bronze metal pipes adds a hint of industrial chic to the room. Light brown oak flooring complements the overall warmth of the room, while the wooden table positioned between the sinks serves both as a functional surface and a stylish accent.

The black and white chequered tiling gives an illusion of mid-tone brown. Gold bronze taps add a final touch of luxury and refinement, completing the cohesive design of this beautifully crafted bathroom.



Pierce and Ward brown tones and hues in furniture bathroom
Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in tiling and panelling bathroom
Soho Home mid-tone browns in stunning marble furniture
Soho Home mid-tone browns in timber furniture

Soho Home also embraces mid-tone browns in their designs, featuring exquisite marble furniture and a beautifully crafted timber desk from their collections.

The swirls of light and dark browns in the marble of these tables creates a captivating focal point. The perfect addition to enhance any room using mid-tone browns.

By stunning contrast, the timber desk with its stripes of sand and mahogany tones, paired with a dark wood-framed chair featuring a white seat, highlights the natural beauty of mid-tone browns.

Together these pieces demonstrate how timber can enrich a space with a natural warmth and timeless appeal.

These pieces illustrate how brown tones can be incorporated into various materials, adding both elegance and texture to modern interiors.

Feeling inspired?

At Anna Hayman Designs, we have a whole range of brown hues and tones to add warmth and depth into your interior design projects.

Our patterns are available as wallpaper or onto fabrics including velvet, herringbone, and cottons, giving you the chance to intertwine mid-tone browns in more ways beyond traditional paint applications.

Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine fabric brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna fabric mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster fabric brown hues and tones
Anna Hayman Designs plain toffee velvet mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine cushions brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Savannah on stool mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Bibana fabric mid-tone brown

Mid-tone browns are definitely on the rise, and it’s time to give this underrated colour the spotlight it deserves. Order our fabric and wallpaper samples to start planning your project and bring this gorgeous hue into your home.

Embrace the beauty of mid-tone browns and watch your space transform.

The rise of mid-tone browns

From chic living rooms to stylish bedrooms, mid-tone browns are making a striking appearance. These warm, inviting shades are finding their place in both modern and classic designs, bringing a fresh yet timeless feel. Whether you pair them with vibrant accents or mix them with neutral tones, mid-tone browns are perfect for creating cosy, sophisticated spaces.

We love seeing more mid-tone browns in 2024 as it adds a touch of elegance and warmth to interiors. It’s exciting to see how designers and homeowners alike are embracing these beautiful hues, transforming spaces into inviting, stylish sanctuaries.

We had the privilege of seeing Suzy Hoodless’ cleverly designed “The Dining Space” at WOWhouse! in June 2024. Hoodless masterly blended the room with mid-tone browns, giving it a multi-dimensional quality that truly stands out.

Credit: James MacDonald Photography and Suzy Hoodless

“Of the Earth” by Suzy Hoodless

Titled “Of the Earth”, Hoodless uses furniture, accessories, and fabrics to celebrate natural textures and hues. The earthy palette of the room captures the essence of Cornwall’s landscape, featuring hand-illustrated motifs like native Monterey Pine trees and delicate thistles against a dusky backdrop of bronze and copper tones. This rich design creates an atmosphere of calm tranquillity, perfectly showcasing how brown can be refined, inviting, and plain gorgeous.

Yet, despite brown’s rise in popularity in decor, it’s still an unlikely choice for paint. The Little Greene Paint Company’s ‘Sweet Treats’ collection offers a scrumptious selection of browns for the perfect opportunity to bring mid-tone hues into interior design projects.

But even though we see these shades on mood boards and in design plans, it’s not often that we see brown as the star of the show when it comes to the primary room colour. 

Hues and tones of brown paint by The Little Greene Company

Hues and tones of brown by The Little Greene Company, ‘Sweet Treats’ collection

It was specialist colour forecaster and expert, Anna Starmer, who once said that,

“to consider a colour one must first consider the surface”

Mid-tone brown surfaces

And when you think about today’s interior design, brown is often represented in furnishings of wood, marble, velvet. Essentially anything other than paint. These types of materials certainly have more potential to offer depth compared to the plain connotations of ‘a brown wall’.

For this reason, we love Kelly Wearstler’s collection ‘Transcendence’. It perfectly demonstrates the art of showcasing brown hues through surfaces in furniture. Wearstler’s innovative use of browns highlights the versatility of brown as a foundational element in interior design through the texture and richness of the furniture.

When inviting these hues into various surfaces and materials, this approach illustrates how brown can be celebrated in ways that go beyond conventional painting techniques, offering a new perspective on its aesthetic potential in modern interiors.

Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection of tables in hues and tones of brown
Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection brown strip table

The beauty of brown

Beautifully integrated mid-tone browns are also seen in Pierce and Ward’s Nashville Country Road.

This collection presents the beauty of using brown in furnishings, elevating the room to a whole new level of sophistication.

Every element of the bedroom is meticulously curated to harmonise shades of brown. Dark brown flooring grounds the space, complemented by bronze-coloured bed frames that add a touch of opulence.

With dark brown beams that enhance the room’s architectural character, while a mid-tone beige panelled wall provides a warm backdrop. A chest of drawers in a rich, dark wood finish stands between the beds, offering both functionality and visual interest.

Bedcovers in varying mid-tone browns bring texture and depth, while a strategically placed chest at the end of the bed adds a final touch of style and practicality to the space. 

Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in furniture

Here in the living area, we love the soft stone brown sofa that anchors the room, complemented by the mid-tone browns of the armchairs. The regal rug ties the seating area together with its rich browns, while the circular mirror with its almost gold-brown frame adds a touch of sophistication.

The wallpaper, with its vertical stripes reminiscent of tree trunks intertwined with green vines, brings a natural and artistic flair to the space. The perfect backdrop. Forest green accents on the doorframes and staircase trim contrast beautifully with the mid-tone browns, adding character with flair.

It’s truly a masterful combination of colours and textures, and a space that is both inviting and visually striking.

Pierce and Ward brown tones and hues in furniture bathroom

The bathroom is a testament to harmonious design and thoughtful details. The same beige panelled wall from the bedroom creates a seamless transition, offering a calm and neutral backdrop.

The rectangular mirrors on the back wall with their delicately framed dark brown trim add a touch of decadence. And by accenting each mirror with a unique light feature, hung with brown and white crumpled paper-like wires, creates an intricate and artistic effect reminiscent of fir cones. 

The freestanding sinks with legs designed to resemble bronze metal pipes adds a hint of industrial chic to the room. Light brown oak flooring complements the overall warmth of the room, while the wooden table positioned between the sinks serves both as a functional surface and a stylish accent.

The black and white chequered tiling gives an illusion of mid-tone brown. Gold bronze taps add a final touch of luxury and refinement, completing the cohesive design of this beautifully crafted bathroom.

Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in tiling and panelling bathroom
Soho Home mid-tone browns in stunning marble furniture

Soho Home also embraces mid-tone browns in their designs, featuring exquisite marble furniture and a beautifully crafted timber desk from their collections.

The swirls of light and dark browns in the marble of these tables creates a captivating focal point. The perfect addition to enhance any room using mid-tone browns.

Soho Home mid-tone browns in timber furniture

By stunning contrast, the timber desk with its stripes of sand and mahogany tones, paired with a dark wood-framed chair featuring a white seat, highlights the natural beauty of mid-tone browns.

Together these pieces demonstrate how timber can enrich a space with a natural warmth and timeless appeal.

These pieces illustrate how brown tones can be incorporated into various materials, adding both elegance and texture to modern interiors.

Feeling inspired?

At Anna Hayman Designs, we have a whole range of brown hues and tones to add warmth and depth into your interior design projects.

Our patterns are available as wallpaper or onto fabrics including velvet, herringbone, and cottons, giving you the chance to intertwine mid-tone browns in more ways beyond traditional paint applications.

Tap an image below to browse our collection of fabrics and wallpapers in our favourite mid-tone browns.

Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine fabric brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna fabric mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster fabric brown hues and tones
Anna Hayman Designs plain toffee velvet mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine cushions brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Savannah on stool mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Bibana fabric mid-tone brown

With mid-tone browns on the rise, and it’s time to give this underrated colour the spotlight it deserves. Order our fabric and wallpaper samples to start planning your project and bring this gorgeous hue into your home.

Embrace the beauty of mid-tone browns and watch your space transform.

The rise of mid-tone browns

From chic living rooms to stylish bedrooms, mid-tone browns are making a striking appearance. These warm, inviting shades are finding their place in both modern and classic designs, bringing a fresh yet timeless feel. Whether you pair them with vibrant accents or mix them with neutral tones, mid-tone browns are perfect for creating cosy, sophisticated spaces.

We love seeing more mid-tone browns in 2024 as it adds a touch of elegance and warmth to interiors. It’s exciting to see how designers and homeowners alike are embracing these beautiful hues, transforming spaces into inviting, stylish sanctuaries.

We had the privilege of seeing Suzy Hoodless’ cleverly designed “The Dining Space” at WOWhouse! in June 2024. Hoodless masterly blended the room with mid-tone browns, giving it a multi-dimensional quality that truly stands out.

Credit: James MacDonald Photography and Suzy Hoodless

“Of the Earth” by Suzy Hoodless

Titled “Of the Earth”, Hoodless uses furniture, accessories, and fabrics to celebrate natural textures and hues. The earthy palette of the room captures the essence of Cornwall’s landscape, featuring hand-illustrated motifs like native Monterey Pine trees and delicate thistles against a dusky backdrop of bronze and copper tones. This rich design creates an atmosphere of calm tranquillity, perfectly showcasing how brown can be sophisticated, inviting, and plain gorgeous.

Yet, despite brown’s rise in popularity in decor, it’s still an unlikely choice for paint. The Little Greene Paint Company’s ‘Sweet Treats’ collection offers a scrumptious selection of browns for the perfect opportunity to bring mid-tone hues into interior design projects.

But even though we see these shades on mood boards and in design plans, it’s not often that we see brown as the star of the show when it comes to the primary room colour. 

Hues and tones of brown paint by The Little Greene Company

Hues and tones of brown by The Little Greene Company, ‘Sweet Treats’ collection

It was specialist colour forecaster and expert, Anna Starmer, who once said that,

“to consider a colour one must first consider the surface”

Mid-tone brown surfaces

And when you think about today’s interior design, brown is often represented in furnishings of wood, marble, velvet. Essentially anything other than paint. These types of materials certainly have more potential to offer depth compared to the plain connotations of ‘a brown wall’.

For this reason, we love Kelly Wearstler’s collection ‘Transcendence’. It perfectly demonstrates the art of showcasing brown hues through surfaces in furniture. Wearstler’s innovative use of browns highlights the versatility of brown as a foundational element in interior design through the texture and richness of the furniture.

When inviting these hues into various surfaces and materials, this approach illustrates how brown can be celebrated in ways that go beyond conventional painting techniques, offering a new perspective on its aesthetic potential in modern interiors.

Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection of tables in hues and tones of brown
Kelly Wearstler Transcendence Collection brown strip table

The beauty of brown

Beautifully integrated mid-tone browns are also seen in Pierce and Ward’s Nashville Country Road.

This collection presents the beauty of using brown in furnishings, elevating the room to a whole new level of sophistication.

Every element of the bedroom is meticulously curated to harmonise shades of brown. Dark brown flooring grounds the space, complemented by bronze-coloured bed frames that add a touch of opulence.

With dark brown beams that enhance the room’s architectural character, while a mid-tone beige panelled wall provides a warm backdrop. A chest of drawers in a rich, dark wood finish stands between the beds, offering both functionality and visual interest.

Bedcovers in varying mid-tone browns bring texture and depth, while a strategically placed chest at the end of the bed adds a final touch of style and practicality to the space. 

Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in furniture

Here in the living area, we love the soft stone brown sofa that anchors the room, complemented by the mid-tone browns of the armchairs. The regal rug ties the seating area together with its rich browns, while the circular mirror with its almost gold-brown frame adds a touch of sophistication.

The wallpaper, with its vertical stripes reminiscent of tree trunks intertwined with green vines, brings a natural and artistic flair to the space. The perfect backdrop. Forest green accents on the doorframes and staircase trim contrast beautifully with the mid-tone browns, adding character with flair.

It’s truly a masterful combination of colours and textures, and a space that is both inviting and visually striking.

Pierce and Ward brown tones and hues in furniture bathroom

The bathroom is a testament to harmonious design and thoughtful details. The same beige panelled wall from the bedroom creates a seamless transition, offering a calm and neutral backdrop.

The rectangular mirrors on the back wall with their delicately framed dark brown trim add a touch of decadence. And by accenting each mirror with a unique light feature, hung with brown and white crumpled paper-like wires, creates an intricate and artistic effect reminiscent of fir cones. 

The freestanding sinks with legs designed to resemble bronze metal pipes adds a hint of industrial chic to the room. Light brown oak flooring complements the overall warmth of the room, while the wooden table positioned between the sinks serves both as a functional surface and a stylish accent.

The black and white chequered tiling gives an illusion of mid-tone brown. Gold bronze taps add a final touch of luxury and refinement, completing the cohesive design of this beautifully crafted bathroom.

Pierce and Ward mid-tone brown tones and hues in tiling and panelling bathroom
Soho Home mid-tone browns in stunning marble furniture

Soho Home also embraces mid-tone browns in their designs, featuring exquisite marble furniture and a beautifully crafted timber desk from their collections.

The swirls of light and dark browns in the marble of these tables creates a captivating focal point. The perfect addition to enhance any room using mid-tone browns.

Soho Home mid-tone browns in timber furniture

By stunning contrast, the timber desk with its stripes of sand and mahogany tones, paired with a dark wood-framed chair featuring a white seat, highlights the natural beauty of mid-tone browns.

Together these pieces demonstrate how timber can enrich a space with a natural warmth and timeless appeal.

These pieces illustrate how brown tones can be incorporated into various materials, adding both elegance and texture to modern interiors.

Feeling inspired?

At Anna Hayman Designs, we have a whole range of brown hues and tones to add warmth and depth into your interior design projects.

Our patterns are available as wallpaper or onto fabrics including velvet, herringbone, and cottons, giving you the chance to intertwine mid-tone browns in more ways beyond traditional paint applications.

Tap an image below to browse our collection of fabrics and wallpapers in our favourite mid-tone browns.

Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine fabric brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna fabric mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster fabric brown hues and tones
Anna Hayman Designs plain toffee velvet mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Sienna on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Oyster on lampshade mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Vespertine cushions brown tones
Anna Hayman Designs Savannah on stool mid-tone brown
Anna Hayman Designs Bibana fabric mid-tone brown

With mid-tone browns on the rise, and it’s time to give this underrated colour the spotlight it deserves. Order our fabric and wallpaper samples to start planning your project and bring this gorgeous hue into your home.

Embrace the beauty of mid-tone browns and watch your space transform.