To the surprise of many, Sherwin Williams pronounced “Poised Taupe” as the 2017 Color of the Year. That was just the beginning of this year’s obsession with the color. It has popped up in numerous interior collections and fashion runways in many different forms and fashions. Regardless of how it has been marketed with fancy names, let’s be transparent and call the color what it really is… BROWN.
The new brown is used in various ways and in an array of tones. Some of the current popular brown colors include mocha, light tan, beige, and natural wood colors. Medium taupe and cocoa are also trending tones of brown. This is not surprising because having a mixture of contrasting light and dark colors speak to the client that loves contrast but maybe not color. A little brown can go a long way so there’s no need to go overboard with it. It can be a great compliment to warm up the gray we have in our homes. Try incorporating a heathered brown or a shade of taupe rather than a deep shade of chocolate brown to your already existing space. Beware though that the experts are predicting the popularity of dark browns to start picking up due to the use of bronze.
Brown should be used in an area that you want to encourage low stress because it is the color of comfort and relaxation. Mix it with green for a room of strength and reliability. This combination has been used quite a bit in bohemian style design. Mix brown with purple for creativity and rest. Brown can be used on walls, but we suggest incorporating it into your area rugs, pillows, wooden furniture, etc. The new Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe is a great background color for the interiors of your home allowing you to “lighten up” a bit but still have a warm comfortable room.