Beige, Brown, & White Furniture Color Schemes & Decorating Ideas
It's easy to understand why decorating a living room with beige, brown and white is such a popular choice. These neutral earth tones look great together in a variety of shades and combinations, making them a smart choice for do-it-yourself designers.
While most common in rustic, traditional and nature-inspired homes, brown, beige, and white living room decor can be an exquisite choice in contemporary interiors as well.
Eric Church Living Room Set
Riveted leather sofa with beige cushions & accents, rustic wood coffee table set.
Decorating with beige and brown can create a room that's rustic or sophisticated depending on your materials. In the room above, couches with chocolate brown leather bases and creamy beige cushions create a country look that's rich and luxurious.
Abruzzo Living Room Set
Classic style recliner set with brass nailhead accents, including iron and wood coffee table in exposed brick setting.
For a more contemporary look, mix some crisp, stark white into mostly brown and beige living room. The painted white brick walls in the room above make the whiskey-brown leather couches pop.
Aventino Living Room Set
Modern style brown leather sofa set, accented with marble-topped coffee and end tables.
When working with traditional, subdued colors, the shapes and patterns of your furnishings can take decor in a more modern direction. The defined angular shape of the brown leather couches above combines with the white rug's trendy diamond lattice pattern and the clean lines of the coffee table and lamps, creating a thoroughly contemporary space.
Traditional leather sofa set, featuring nailhead accents with a wood-top metal coffee table.
Beige and brown decor add life to stark white walls. Including neighboring hues from the color wheel adds richness and interest. As illustrated in the room above, earth tones like terracotta orange or rusty red enhance the brown, beige and white decor.
Cindy Crawford Living Room Set
Reclining leather sofa with matching loveseat and chair, paired with wooden coffee and end tables.
Decorating with brown couches could leave you concerned about using wood furniture with a dark stain. While this does mean putting a lot of the same color in one space, it is possible to maintain balance by choosing your accents wisely.
In the room above, deep brown couches and a rich brown table set work in harmony when tempered with a white printed area rug, shiny brass lamp and white walls.
Auburn Hills Living Room Set
Chocolate brown leather reclining sectional, combined with wood and marble accent tables.
While it can give your room a rich and cozy look, a sectional in deep brown leather also presents some design challenges. Because these pieces are so large, when upholstered in dark color they can create the illusion of heaviness.
To keep your room feeling bright and open, offset the couch with beige and white decor. As seen in this sample room, light-colored area rugs, end tables and pillows add much needed contrast to a dark sectional and balance the space.
Bellingham Living Room Set
Modern style brown sofa set, featuring wood coffee and end tables accented with white lamps.
Unlike leather, fabric couches in linen, cotton blends or other fabrics don't reflect the light, making it even more important to choose light-colored accents to brighten your space. The brown couches above get a boost from the white rug, lamps and nature-inspired art.
Leather reclining sofa with matching loveseat and chair, featuring nailhead accents and a modern wood, glass-top coffee table.
designers often worry about combining a range of colors into one space. To anchor your room, use an area rug with a pattern of beige and brown like the one featured above. This ties all of the room's furniture and accents together in one easy step.
Transitional style sofa set, with modern accent tables and lamps.
Decorating with white and brown can be a great option for transitional spaces. In the inspiration room, the traditional color palette pairs well with leather couches, abstract art and funky pillows to create one cohesive look between classic and contemporary.
Doverton Living Room Set
Modern sectional with chaise, paired with a glass-top coffee and end table set.
If you are drawn to beige and white decor, this combination has a clean, crisp and modern feel that makes small spaces look larger. To enhance this effect, use plenty of reflective surfaces, like the light brown-finished glass table set and mercury glass lamps pictured.
Reclining modern sofa set with attached cushions and marble-topped accent tables.
Decorating with beige and white makes it easy to incorporate a variety of accent colors. If a beige and white space feels look a little bland add dimension with pops of deep brown. As earth tones, beige and brown produce a warm and inviting vibe when paired with the cheery oranges and yellows above.
Madeley Living Room Set
Modern beige sofa set featured with glass-topped wooden coffee and end tables.
While decorating with beige, brown and white makes it simple to use warm-toned accents, these colors are versatile enough to decorate with cooler hues. As pictured above, using brown and blue pillows on a beige couch creates a calm and soothing mood.
Martello Living Room Set
Traditional themed brown leather sofa set with matching wood coffee and end tables with glass tops.
When choosing your palette, most designers suggest using at least three hues: a primary color, a secondary color and an accent color. The living room pictured is a perfect example of why brown, beige, and white living room decor can work so well together.
The primary color, white, is dominant in the room because of the walls. The secondary color, brown, is reserved for large furniture. The designer then chose beige accents like the area rug, pillows, throw and lampshades for added depth and interest.
Martino Living Room Set
Modern white leather reclining sectional with complementing metal and glass accent tables and lamps.
When choosing a sectional for a room with dark walls, floors and accents, a white or beige couch is always a good idea. The featured sectional and wall decor create dynamic contrast with the brown walls and the bold, colorful area rug.
Oxford Living Room Set
Classic brown sofa and reclining loveseat set matched with glass-top wooden coffee and end tables and a large wall mirror.
In traditional living rooms, brown, beige and white decor are in their natural element. The classic brown leather sofa set above fit ideally with the glass-topped wood coffee tables, beige walls and a beige and brown rug.
San Angelo Living Room Set
Contemporary brown leather reclining sectional with console storage and matching storage ottoman in travel-themed setting.
There is no need to be concerned about using too many shades of brown in one space. While it's true that decorators should stick to either cool-toned browns or warm-toned browns, it's fine, and often beneficial, to use a variety of shades.
In the living room above, the designer combines warm tones of chocolate brown, golden beige, bronze and oak with rusted black accents and a few white touches for a perfectly harmonious, travel-inspired look.
Tacoma Valley Living Room Set
Traditional style brown reclining sectional with ornate nailhead trim and matching accent table set with storage.
Warm yellow and rusty red accents add a casual note to otherwise formal brown, white and beige living room decor in this room. This neutral color palette can be dressed up or down depending on the accents and styles you choose.
Reclining leather sofa set paired with matching lamp and modern wood coffee and end tables.
As demonstrated in the living room above, decorating with beige, brown and white can set a casual tone. The atmosphere of comfort and relaxation in this space comes from the weathered, light brown color and cozy design of the couches, as well as the shag rug in shades of brown, white and beige.
Traditional leather trimmed sofa set with cloth cushions and nailhead trim, complemented by metal and stone accent tables.
A predominantly beige living room decor gains depth and variety from brown and white accents. The pictured two-tone beige and brown seating are accented with white and brown pillows adding life and vibrancy to the space's beige decor.
Sardinia Living Room Set
Modern brown tufted leather sofa set featuring armchair, ottoman, and glass-top wooden cocktail and matching end tables.
Brown, beige and white decor can lend itself well to animal prints, tribal patterns and tropical designs. In the modern living room pictured, animal print accents pair with a dark brown leather couch to create a well-traveled and adventurous atmosphere.
Park Square Living Room Set
Classic brown fabric sofa set accented with patterned throw pillows and matching wooden accent tables.
Rooms done in a beige, brown and white color pallet can act as an ideal neutral backdrop to experiment with color. In the room above, the striking blue and red pillows and matching rug mix warm and cool colors to make an eye-catching focal point. Neutral brown couches and beige walls provide a great foundation that keep these accent shades feeling rich and anything but primary.
A Designer-Friendly Choice
Regardless of your style or the challenges of your space, brown, white and beige make an ideal decorating color combination. Whether you want to make a bold statement or stay neutral, go modern or be classic, decorate with warm tones or cool accents, this winning and adaptable color scheme will always come through.