Modern Color Trends For The Home: Brown and Black

Using black and brown together in home decor may seem an odd choice but the clue lies in using the right shades and combining the colors aesthetically. Modern home design sees a lot of use of black and brown to create rich interiors that are warm and cozy and elegant.

Chocolate, cocoa or coffee, which brown do you like?

Brown is a versatile color. It can be gorgeous, warm or dull and when contrasted with the right color can look very vibrant too. So, choose your brown carefully keeping in mind the effect you want to create in your home decor.

Modern color trends involve using brown in a variety of shades. While taupe or red brown can be used for furniture, light tan suits the walls. For dramatic looks, nothing can match espresso or chocolate.
So with all these options of using brown, you know how creative you can get with your home decor.

How to balance brown and black


Use of color trends brown and black
calls for right balance. Too much of any of these colors can make your room look like a cave. You also run the chance of making the room appear small. The best way to use black and brown is mixing it with neutral shades.

White is a good option but it creates a stark contrast which you may not like. Beige or cream are subtle and yet brings out the best of brown and black when paired together.

Cream with its yellow undertone can make your rooms look warm. Use of pillow covers or sofa covers in brown, black and neutral shades will make your home look modern and elegant.

In fact, zebra designs are quite popular nowadays. You can get cushion covers and rugs in brown, black and cream combinations which look very chic. Have a few pieces in these colors and see how your room gets a modern look!


Brown and black works great as anchoring colors. Having a classic rocking chair in black or brown can help you to create a statement in home decor. You can coordinate it with tables and photo frames and rugs in different shades of brown and black.

Remember to use neutral shades on the walls or curtains to create harmony.

Pops of color for a modern look

One of the best characteristics of brown and black is that they can be combined with colors like green and blue in moderate amounts to make rooms look bright. In a room dominated by black and brown, you can place a flower vase in blue or green or even a small aquarium to add a touch of vibrancy. Even a single pillow cover in blue, yellow or green amidst brown-hued ones will make people appreciate your taste.

Use modern color scheme brown and black in different ways and see how contemporary your home looks.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the home you’ve been dreaming of at Carmel Decor.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Give Your Home A Fresh Look With Natural Fiber Rugs


Opting for a natural fiber rug is the best decision for your home in many ways. It can give your home a very relaxing and refreshing look. Be it traditional or modern, natural fiber rugs suit every home decor. They come in many varieties, textiles and styles, are budget friendly and sustainable.

Why choose natural fiber rugs

There are plenty of reasons to choose natural fiber rugs or vegetable rugs for your home. In contrast to synthetic rugs, fewer chemicals are used in their production and hence they are eco-friendly and sustainable. They are kid and pet friendly, highly durable and suitable for all types of life styles.

Area rugs made from natural fiber usually have a subtle texture and come in soft neutral colors that make them fit in any color scheme. They are affordable and so you can invest in a few and change your home decor without straining your budget.

Area rugs made from natural elements are carcinogen free and good for families that have allergies.

How to choose natural fiber rugs for your home

There is a great variety to choose from when it comes to natural fiber rugs: sisal, jute, seagrass, wool, and silk all are popular choices.

Sisal rugs are beautiful, durable and very easy to clean. However, when it comes to absorbing moisture, they may disappoint you. Hence avoid placing sisal rugs in the bathroom or kitchen. Sisal is highly durable and you can pick rugs made from this natural fiber for high traffic areas like entries, bedrooms and dining rooms.

Seagrass area rugs not only look good but can handle daily wear and tear beautifully.

Jute is a vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse strong thread and is softer than sisal. Jute rugs are less durable but lend a natural touch to any home decor. Jute area rugs can be dyed in different hues and are available in colorful designs which increase their appeal.

Wool is soft, rich and creates a cozy feeling. Wool is very durable, is naturally fire retardant and will last for generations. You can place a wool area rug in your bedroom for a luxurious touch.

Silk rugs are costly but very rich in texture and come in beautiful designs. You can have them in your living room to create an elegant look and also extend a warm welcome to your guests.

Natural fiber area rugs have special care and cleaning instructions, with the right care, you natural fiber rug will make your home look fresh for years.

You can find a large selection of natural textured area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the home you love at Carmel Décor.

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How To Select Area Rugs For Boys Rooms


Boys will be boys and their rooms will have their own characteristic- shoe marks on the floor, soccer balls on the bed, and their favorite cartoon characters on the wall. If you have a teenage boy at home, the cartoon characters will get replaced by the posters of Rihanna or Messi. No matter what age, a boy’s room will always look like one. As a parent, you may want to add warmth or beauty to it and having an area rug is perhaps the best way of doing it.

How to choose kids area rugs


Kids are very particular about their individuality and want their rooms to reflect their personality. If your kid is a fan of Harry Potter, having an area rug with Harry Potter theme will appeal to him. So, it is important to keep in mind your boy’s taste and choose rugs accordingly. Of course, purpose, price and the look will definitely matter.

Area rugs for boy’s bedrooms

Having area rugs in the bedroom of the boys will make the room cozy and warm. Ideally, the area rug should cover the area of both the bed and the nightstand. For toddlers and infants, choose rugs in wool as they would love the soft feeling. Colorful rugs with interesting prints will please them. Nowadays, rugs are available with popular cartoon characters and even alphabets and numbers. Having such a lively rug will allow your kid’s room to come alive.

Rooms of infants and toddlers – get rugs with high endurance level


Usually a lot of activities happen in an infant’s room.

The rugs in kid’s playrooms usually have to endure muddy footprints, stains from spilt milk and lemonade and even crayon marks. It might be a good idea to pick an indoor outdoor rug for this space. It would be easier for you to wash and maintain. Get rugs in bright colors and prints that can easily hide stains.

Have tweens at home? Get rugs in wool


As your kids get older, they will mostly spend their time outside. They may get picky with the décor of their rooms. As posters of Miley Cirus and Justin Bieber start decorating the walls, add elegance to their rooms with woolen rugs. Kids’ area rugs with geometric patterns will suit their choice.

Rugs for teenage boys’ room – let them choose

It is best to involve your boys in the shopping. Since a lot of friends will be visiting them, it is better to have rugs that can withstand heavy footfall. Again, area rugs in wool would be your best bet. Try to choose rugs that would complement the bedding or the walls.

Getting rugs for your kids’ playrooms or bedrooms can become a fun activity if you know what you are looking for.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create the perfect bedroom for your child at Carmel Décor.

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Getting Started On The Garden


Gardening is a great hobby. It is not only a relaxing activity but also makes your home look beautiful. To make your garden a patch of soothing colors, you need a bit of planning. Here are some ideas that will make starting a garden easy.

The initial work


Do you want to plant only flowers or have plans for a small vegetable garden too? Different plants need sunlight in different amounts and you need to assess the exposure your plot gets. It is also a good idea to put up the fences to protect the young saplings from rodents. I am sure you don’t want your roses or chrysanthemums to be trampled by pets.


If you are interested in landscape design, you should mark the areas for flower beds and decide the colors you want your garden to display. Choose colors that go with the outside décor of your home.


With the temperature soaring, your flowering plants would do with some shade. So plant the flowers that do not need much sunlight near the fence or on the eastern side of the house. Remember, in May your garden will require more watering. It is better to go for plants that are drought tolerant.

Landscaping the garden – a few ideas


The landscape design you choose must gel with the outdoor courtyard. In the summers you can go for a lovely color palette thrown in with creepers and bushes. While choosing plants for your garden, apart from colors you should also adopt a mix of early bloomers and late bloomers. This will ensure that your garden is always flowering. Early bloomers like bleeding hearts and peony and roses will add colors to your garden. For late summer, set aside hollyhocks, bee balms, and snakeroot. The choice of plants will make your garden look pleasing to the eyes.


When landscaping, never overdo with flowering plants. Keep enough spaces between flower beds to create a clean look. A landscaped garden needs a lot of weeding, raking and trimming.


If you do not have that much time in your hand, go for simple designs. A few plants arranged in a flower bed along with a nicely trimmed lawn are enough to greet the summer.

I hope these tips on starting a garden will help you to create your own green heaven. Start with small ideas and when they flower well, go for large plans.

You can find a large selection of outdoor area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home decor accents and wall decor to help you create an outdoor oasis at Carmel Decor.

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The World of Modern Area Rugs


If the bare floor makes your living room look boring, it is time to go for an area rug. Why only your living room? Your dining room or you bedroom could also do with a modern area rug that adds warmth and softness to the decor. An area rug is an interesting item that defines space and gives a finishing touch to your home decor. It can complement the color scheme of the room and also enhance the atmosphere.


Modern area rug – a great option to decorate a room
Today’s rugs are available in a wide range of materials – wool, cotton, jute, silk and even sisal and grass. A wool area rug is costly but a good investment as it can stand all the wear and tear and still retain its good looks for years. Not to mention the softness and warmth it exudes.


Jute and sisal rugs cost less but are difficult to clean. However, their casual style fit in very well with modern home decor and interesting designs and color schemes make them irresistible.

Buying an area rug – things that matter


An area rug unifies groups of furniture and can help in designating different zones in a room. The size of the rug plays a vital role as larger rugs make rooms look larger. So, when buying a modern area rug the first thing you should consider is the size.


In the living room consider placing the area rug in such a way so as the front legs of the seating pieces rest on it; making the living room feel larger.


While buying a decorative area rug, coordinate the color with the rest of the furnishings of the room.


Patterned rugs are a great option as they enhance the look of the room.

To achieve the best result, mix the patterns. If the furnishings are in floral prints, go for striped area rug. When choosing rugs with designs, make sure that the patterns of the rug and that of the furnishings are of different scale.

Modern area rugs are hot. You can buy a discount area rug that will suit your budget and fit your style. Take advantage of Carmel Decor’s clearance center that offers beautiful rugs at throwaway prices.

You can find a large selection of area rugs, throw pillows, lighting, home accents and wall decor to help you create a great room at Carmel Decor.

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