To belong to something or someone without losing ourselves in the process, isn’t that what most, if not all of us, desire? It is probably the most human thing for us to do, to yearn to be a part of something real and not superficial – the sense of belongingness. That is the best version of the hue brown.

Brown is friendly and sincere. In interior design, brown gives off the natural vibes of a space. It is easy to the eye and provides a fresh look to any area while retaining stability. Along with its crisp ambiance, interior designers love using it because it goes well with almost any color. Still, brown does not seek attention. Much like its neutral sister, the hue grey, it stays in the background so other colors can take the limelight and shine. Brown is not selfish. Being the color of the earth and the human skin, it is humble and warm. It brings comfort and security in knowing that you have a support system. But one should not disregard the fact that brown can also be dignified with a style of gentle sophistication. Plus, it hides the dirt!

However, be careful to not overstate the hue brown in your interior to avoid making it dull and muddy. Learn how to effectively use the many shades of chocolate as inspiration for your home colors by clicking the link and discovering painting ideas and inspirations as you go along.

Where do you belong?

Brené Brown explained the meaning of belongingness in her 2010 book, The Gifts of Imperfection,

Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquire it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which is [sic] not only hollow substitutes for belonging but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.

At some point in our lives, we have made ourselves small in order to fit in a group. We have mistaken belonging as giving ourselves away to someone or something just so they can fill the void in our hearts. We’ve unceasingly altered our views and beliefs just so we won’t be left out. That is where belonging loses its meaning.

The first step to true belonging is accepting who you are, both the best and the worst, and being courageous enough to expose yourself to the world in the hopes that someone of the same background will see you and keep you. You trust them and they trust you.

Painting Ideas: Hue belong with me

This one goes out to Miss Taylor Swift. Thank you for the inspiration. And to you, DIYer! Scroll down and get inspired by this set of painting ideas in three different hues of brown.

Stay true to yourself

The Best Version of Hue: Brown | Morning Cocoa | Boysen Color Trend 2018

Don’t let anyone stop you from smudging your walls with the color of your favorite food because you belong only to yourself and your bedroom belongs only to you. By favorite food, I mean chocolate. Oh wait, that’s actually my favorite. What? Scratch that. Paint your room with Morning Cocoa for that sensual, sensitive, and warm mood. When it comes to your safe haven, it boils down to the right lighting to keep your hibernation sweeter.

Find your niche

The Best Version of Hue: Brown | Common Ground | Boysen Color Trend 2018

Let other people into your life. Figuratively and literally. Host a tea party in your classy yet cozy tanned living room and feel free to express yourself with a trusted few. Be meticulous in picking the right people to open up to as much as you do when picking the furniture that matches the color of the room.

Follow your heart

The Best Version of Hue: Brown | All Natural | Boysen Color Trend 2018

Ignite your passion for cooking by changing the mood of your kitchen to a sumptuous shade of brown, with that touch of pink. You belong to whatever you give your time and effort to. See yourself doing what you love in this All Natural space.

Smell that? That’s your fire burning.

Which of the three appealed to you the most? Go to your nearest Mix&Match station and have your best version of the hue brown mixed for your next home makeover. Click here to see the complete palettes from our Boysen Color Trend 2019.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.

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