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This Once-Boring Color Is Getting a Rebrand (and We’re On Board)

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“What’s your favorite color?” is one ice-breaker that never gets old, even though the answer is pretty predictable: blue, green, or, on occasion, yellow. But what about brown? It wasn’t until we met Melissa Colgan, a designer who loves every shade, from chestnut to chocolate, that we started to question its drab reputation. “Every space needs a bit of brown,” says Colgan, whose Washington D.C. apartment is filled with sepia-toned furnishings and coffee-tinged fabrics. Colgan was methodical about her approach, juxtaposing dark chocolates with ochre, raspberry, and periwinkle—softer pastels that pick up on the patina of antique textiles. “The key to finding the right...

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