Tan is a form of light brown, created by mixing white with brown. Tan is known to be a conservative color for interior decoration, and is often used in public spaces in the home, such as living rooms and dens, and in offices. Tan is also the color of certain types of leather, making it seem rich, luxuriant and natural.
Brown will match itself as long as the other shades of brown it is combined with are of the same coolness or warmness. For example, a tan that has a particularly yellow cast to it will match nicely with other warm shades of dark orange-brown, while a cooler tan -- one that seems to have gray added to it -- will match well with darker shades of black-brown. If you're painting your room tan, use leather furniture of a matching warmth or coolness to create a sophisticated, intimate space in your room. Set off the natural browns with cream highlights in the paint trim, pillows and curtains.
For a gentle feminine look, combine powder pink and soft tan (think of the creamy underbelly of a fawn) with white or cream. This is a perfect combination for a little girl's room. Try tan walls and a powder pink bedspread, beneath a pink canopy. Accent with fluffy white and tan pillows and white cotton curtains.
Earth tones are those colors found in the natural surroundings of the earth, like sage, gray-blue and chocolate. Tan itself is an earth tone, and thus is naturally suitable in combination with other earth tones. In general, earth tones tend to be viewed as casual but sophisticated. For decorating a room with tan colored walls or furniture, choose one or two other earth tones to combine with tan, and an accent like cream or khaki. Base all your color choices on this palette.
Black and White
This rich and bold color scheme brings together two colors that are not very commonly combined: brown and black. This striking combination is modern and hip, but is flexible enough to be used in rooms decorated with sleek and contemporary furniture, or more conservative and traditional furniture. Pick one color to be the base (tan, black or white), and use the other two colors as an accent, dispersed around the room in vases, pillows, rugs and curtains.
Leslie Rose has been a freelance writer publishing with Demand Studios since 2008. In addition to her work as a writer, she is an accomplished painter and experienced art teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art with a minor in English.