Aqua and Brown Home Decorating Ideas

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Watery blues and earthy browns make appealing color schemes, as these hues are commonly seen in nature. Aqua is a brilliant blue-green, often considered a variation of turquoise or the color cyan. A living room layered in various shades of aqua and brown contains a balanced mix of cool and warm tones, creating a welcoming atmosphere in practically any style.

Coastal Cottage

  • A light and airy color scheme of pale aqua, white, tan and light brown brings a coastal picture to mind, influenced by sea and sky, sandy beaches, sun bleached driftwood and lightly tinted sea glass. Wood plank paneling painted a light shade of aqua on living room walls inspires a coastal cottage feel. Aqua accent pillows on white slip-covered furniture echo the wall color. Various tones of tan and brown appear on wooden floor panels, wicker baskets and chairs, woven wood blinds, and wooden occasional tables.

Tropical Retreat

  • Deeper shades of aqua venture into colors of turquoise and teal, inspiring a more exotic palette when paired with rich tones of dark brown. Dark wood trim, ceiling beams, floors or wood furniture with a mahogany, rosewood or ebony finish mimics the look of tropical hardwood. Dark stained wicker and bamboo furniture mixed with sisal rugs and palm plants lend an island feel. Combine these earthy browns and tans in a tropical inspired living room with bright aqua and turquoise accents on lamps, ceramic vases, art glass, wall art or textiles such as curtains, rugs and throws.

Ethnic Chic

  • For the free-spirited, bohemian decorator, a color pallet of aqua or turquoise, brown, orange and red creates a lively living room environment. Paint an accent wall behind a brown sofa in a warm shade of burnt orange. Accent the sofa with turquoise and red pillows made from colorful Indian saris. A hand painted Moroccan end table with vivid turquoise detailing ties in with the sofa. An armchair upholstered in ethnic red kilim fabric and a hand-carved rosewood screen enhance the eclectic aesthetic of this unusual design scheme.

Contemporary Elegance

  • A neutral color scheme of beige, brown and cream in a contemporary living room is anything but boring when accented with aqua and coral. Think walls in a velvety shade of chocolate brown and cream on trim, curtains and rugs. Pop in an aqua chaise amongst other upholstered pieces in beige. Scatter coral pillows throughout the conversational grouping, draping a throw in the same pinkish orange hue across the end of the aqua chaise. Coral and aqua ceramic art add color to built-in shelving flanking the fireplace. Paint an aqua accent wall on an outward curving window nook.

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