Sweet enough to eat, our color of the month for September is Honey Brown! This light brown has a golden hue that reminds us of honey straight from the jar, fresh-baked cookies, and cozy fall nights spent on the couch.
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Brown Color Theory
In color theory, brown is a composite color made through the combination of red, yellow, and black. Due to this brown isn't often represented on a traditional painter's color wheel. On some modern color wheels, brown may be included as a darker orange. Brown is a warm color with blue as its complement, meaning it works particularly well with teal and other blue-green shades.
In design, brown is used as a neutral. While it can be as dark as black, the inclusion of red and yellow tones gives brown a natural warmth that works well in the home. Due to this, brown is often used in home design to invoke a sense of coziness, rustic comfort, and belonging.
You might think of brown as dull or boring, but it is anything but! Naturally warm and earthy, brown shades can range from the lightest beige to nearly black. Toasty caramels, gorgeous chestnut reds, and golden wheat are just some of the brown shades that can be found all around us.
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Honey brown is a lighter brown shade in our Americana Acrylics line of craft paint. Similar to a soft camel or sandy brown, honey brown uses more yellow than red in it's composition giving it a wonderful honeyed glow. This brown is one of our most popular paint colors and is a valuable addition to your painting palette.
How to Use Honey Brown
Honey brown is the perfect color to cuddle up with this September! Warm enough for fall but light enough to work well with winter decor, there are so many reasons to love honey brown. We especially love it in fall landscapes or as an accent color in the living room. Honey brown's warmth is a subtle way to signal fall is here.
In the wintertime, honey brown brings to mind gingerbread cookies, hot cocoa, and soft reindeer fur. Use this color as an accent to bring some much-needed warmth to snowy vistas or other winter decor.
Honey Brown Fashion
Honey brown has been having a moment in fashion! This soft brown shade looks good on almost any skin tone and is neutral enough to be paired with a large variety of colors. Add a honey brown coat to your closet for a versatile piece you'll want to bring out year after year. Like these gorgeous trench coats found here and here.
If you're looking for an on-trend look, try a teddy-style fleece jacket. Warm and cute, this fluffy jacket give us all the cozy fall vibes! Doesn't this shade remind you of your favorite teddy bear?
Honey Brown Color Trends
Honey brown works so well with some of our other 2021 color trends, like marigold, teal, and raspberry red. Try using them altogether for a vibrant fall palette featuring some of the hottest colors of the year.
If you're looking for more inspiration on how to use honey brown, we've created a variety of color palettes to help get you started.
Vintage Fall Color Scheme
Soft as a vintage teddy bear, honey brown is a natural complement to this subdued fall landscape. Delicate blue-gray, sage green, and golden wheat complete this vintage-inspired fall color palette.
Plum Floral Color Scheme
Bring out the richness of honey brown with a decadent fall palette. Warm white, muted plum, and forest green let the golden notes of honey brown shine.
Christmas Cookie Color Scheme
Christmas cookies anyone? This cheery and crisp color palette is perfect for the holidays! Snow white, Santa red, and icy blue complete this classic winter look.
Winter Woodland Color Scheme
If traditional holiday colors aren't your style, try this winter woodland palette inspired by the forest at night. Navy blue, chocolate brown, and pale gray offer a sophisticated take on holiday decor.
Honey Brown Inspiration
Are you sweet on honey brown? Try it for yourself by pairing it with your own favorite colors, you may just find your next favorite color combination! Here we have a list of DecoArt products in this lovely brown shade, all are available now on our website shop.decoart.com.
Americana® Acrylics in Honey Brown
Crafter's Acrylic in Golden Brown
SoSoft® Fabric Paint in Golden Brown
Patio Paint Outdoor® in Pinecone Brown
DecoArt® Multi-Surface Satin™ in Brown Sugar
DecoArt® Silk in Brown
DecoArt® Suede in Suede
Americana Decor® Outdoor Living™ in Porch Swing
Honey Brown Projects
We've gathered up some of our favorite DecoArt® projects inspired by honey brown. If you're looking for more color inspiration, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. Every week we post new and creative ways to use our color of the month as well as exciting craft and DIY projects. Happy making!