Color Scheme: Shades of Coffee

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee?  I do!  But even if you don’t, it’s hard to resist the warm, cozy color of all things coffee.


Whether it’s the lighter shades of mocha and latte or the darker tones of espresso and cappuccino, coffee colors are trending these days.  And they look and feel even better this time of year when the weather starts to turn cooler and the landscape appears more brown.

{buffington homes via houzz}

I guess you could say that these earth tones are just different shades of beige but that sounds so un-cool.  After all, beige is boring.  Coffee colors are — wait for it — stirring.

Not too long ago, brown was the hottest neutral on the planet before it was upstaged by gray.  Brown is still around, and one current trend is to pair it with vibrant colors as shown in this dining room by Tobi Fairley:

But more often I’m seeing brown combined with different variations of itself.  That is the ‘shades of coffee’ color scheme.  I like it because it’s classic, very easy on the eyes and it’s very easy to bring other colors into the mix.

{traditional home}

{bedroom photo above from}

Coffee colors are very easy to incorporate into your home because you don’t have to rely on paint.  Go for a leather sofa or chairs, stained wood furniture and cabinets and woven window shades.


You can also install a dark wood flooring, stained planked ceiling or play up that exposed brick wall.

{buffington homes}

{jim howard}

{bauhaus via houzz}


…And even though yellow seems to be a color that wouldn’t pair well with mocha or latte, the bedroom shown above proves that this color scheme can work really well.  So, if you’re ready to brew up a shade of coffee in your room, I hope you now have fresh ideas to get started.

2 thoughts on “Color Scheme: Shades of Coffee

  1. Thanks for posting these …….brown is still classic and as you point out, can be mixed with lots of other vibrant colors.

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