Color Spotlight: Rich Browns

Inspired by crafts and natural materials, the rich browns trend stems from the growing use of exposed brickwork and natural materials throughout both commercial and residential spaces. The design world quickly took inspiration from this warm, rustic look and translated these rich earthy tones into accessories and finishes – allowing terracotta to become the new neutral color of the moment.

Abstracta @ CDW 22

Connections @ CDW 22

Hermes @ Milan DW 22

Introducing Rich Browns into The Workplace

Similar to nourishing greens, these rich brown tones are often used within breakout areas to make a bold design statement while creating a sense of comfort. Products like Woven Gradience™ in Clay can be complemented by soft neutrals or LVT in natural finishes like Woodgrains to create a warmer finish in social and wellness spaces.

Here at Interface, we have taken inspiration from the trend by incorporating terracotta yarns into our new offerings, such as our Lost Palms™ collection, pairing the color with neutral tones to make impactful flooring solutions. The use of terracotta within terrazzo styles has also grown and is found within our norament pado™ flooring.

Barry Callebaut, Turquie

Reitan Convenience, Suède

Oracle, Hongrie

Bringing Browns Up to Date

When rich browns are used within flooring design, the space can be elevated by using brick and terracotta colored furniture and soft furnishings. The resurgence of these retro shades from the 1970s is seeing a modern twist with the use of matte black finishes to bring out the warmth of the brown shades, helping to soften formal spaces. These tones also complement earthy textures and finishes such as clay and woodgrains to introduce an element of biophilia.

For advice on how to incorporate rich browns into your designs, get in touch for a consultation with our concept design team.

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