Hot Chocolate: My Favorite Wall Color

chocolate kasper

{Brown Silk Hangs on the Walls in Fashion Designer, Kasper’s Home | Photography by Pieter Estersohn for Architectural Digest}

Rich, chocolate brown is one of my favorite colors to use on walls. In fact, much of my house is painted chocolate brown. It instantly creates a cozy, elegant environment that envelopes you within its walls. While clients often gravitate towards crisp white and gray hues since they are easy to live with and neutral, I’d like more people to try a more daring color like chocolate. This collection of photos showcases the fact that it is just as versatile as gray and acts as a perfect neutral in a more saturated hue. At Paloma Contreras Design, we are currently working with a client whose study will be lacquered in the prettiest milk chocolate color. I can’t wait to see it finalized and share the end result with you. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with an assortment of my favorite brown rooms. Do you think you would ever try a shade of chocolate brown in your own home?

chocolate betsy brown

{A Chic, Chocolate Dining Room by Betsy Brown}

chocolate kelly wearstler

{This foyer, designed by Kelly Wearstler was featured in House & Garden nearly ten years ago, when she was more into Regency than the avant-garde, but it continues to look fresh today.}

chocolate james michael howard

{A Tailored Living Room by James Michael Howard as featured in At Home in Arkansas}

chocolate david jimenez

{My friend, David Jimenez’s Stylish Kansas City Living Room as featured in Architectural Digest}
chocolate kirsten kelli

{Rich, Chocolate Walls Provide the Perfect Backdrop for a Symphony of Ikat Fabrics in a Room by Kirsten Kelli}

chocolate libby cameron

{Chocolate Walls are Beautiful in this Glamorous Room by Libby Cameron}

chocolate lacquer jeffrey bilhuber

{Jeffrey Bilhuber’s features both Dark Chocolate Lacquered Walls and an Abundance of Light as Editorialized in Architectural Digest}

chocolate gil schafer david netto

{Architect Gil Schafer and Decorator David Netto Collaborated on the Historic Boxwood Estate in Nashville which features Chocolate Lacquered Walls in the Sunroom | Photography via Veranda}

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  1. I have a chocolate brown master bathroom. It’s a large bathroom with the usual hard surfaces. The warmth of the brown walls makes the space feel more welcoming.

    I also did a chocolate brown master bedroom at our beach house. It’s a reprieve from the bright sun in the summer and makes the room cozy in colder seasons.

  2. I have to tell you that your website is the highlife of my week! I share with my daughter-in-laws and it has taught them the richness of woods, colors, pieces from generations past!! Life beyond Pottery Barn. ( yes, I know there is room for all). Just thank you for your impeccable taste! Judy

    1. Judith, thank you so much for the kind words! I am so glad that you enjoy my blog and that you’ve found it helpful. There is a great, big, beautiful world out there beyond the pages of store catalogs! Thank you for your readership and support! XO

  3. I painted a small hallway in a Behr chocolate shade and painted the trim to the three rooms opening off of it in a creamy white. My family was none to happy until I replaced the light fixture with a small chandelier of oiled bronze and simple glass drops. I then returned the oval mirror in the old gold frame and cherry demi-lune table along with three hand painted bird studies. My family was bowled over not believing how great it looked not dark and gloomy as they had thought. I have promised myself that when I paint the house again I am going to include a second room in chocolate.

  4. Paloma I agree with the commenters above and love this rich warm palette. Saturated color makes all the difference in a room’s luxe factor!

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  5. Hi, Paloma! Absolutely a ‘yes’ to chocolate brown. Earlier this year, I had a wall in one of our guest rooms covered in a deep brown, silk wall covering. Most of the walls in our home are shades of white, so this room is always a nice and welcome surprise for guests.

  6. Paloma, I have always been drawn to Chocolate walls and have never ventured…now you have given me the inspiration to paint my own living room! You inspire every day.