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November 7, 2013
When it comes to interior design it seems like some colors get all the glory. Here, we turn the spotlight on one of the underdogs—Brown, and prove how the earth tone can be rich, warm, and act as a great equalizer and neutral palette in a space.

LONG ISLAND SUMMER HOME GETS A MODERN ADDITION

A homeowner sits at the dining-room table in front of the elegantly slatted cypress divider, which separates the living space from the new staircase. In this home, brown is the base for everything.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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Originally appeared in Long Island Summer Home Gets a Modern Addition
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Modern banquette with wooden floors and door

MODERN HIGH-DESIGN PIED-À-TERRE IN PARIS

Here, a 1930's rental apartment has been maintained with it's original all brown palette creating a soft, warm, and sophisticated feel.

Photo by Hotze Eisma.

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Originally appeared in Modern High-Design Pied-à-Terre in Paris
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The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs  are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.

DESERT UTOPIA

The interior design of this desert dwelling reflects the earth tones found outside. The entire open plan living and dining plan is done in a variety of browns, creating a rich and inviting atmosphere.

Photo by Daniel Hennessy.

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Compact sofa by Muji

MUJI COMPACT SOFA

Keeping large pieces of furniture in neutrals like brown allows for more creativity in accents. Order this sofa in brown, light grey, or dark grey, toss a few colorful pillows on the seat and a throw over the back, and you'll be looking darn good on a cozy evening on the couch.

Originally appeared in 7 Modern Sofa Designs We Love
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SUMO DRUM TABLE

Brown makes for wonderful soft accent pieces as well. Troscan Design cofounder Dierdre Jordan, along with her woodworker husband, make pieces like this white oak table topped by a fixed dark bronze tray.

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BRANCH LOG RACK

For those sonofaguns lucky enough to enjoy a working fireplace in their home, it is just about the time of the season for warming. Whether you're working with Duraflame quick start or the real deal rounded up in your rugged backyard, Susan Bradley's wood-brown powder-coated steel rack will keep your kindling in line until it's time to light the fire.

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SOLIS LAMP

When the light filters through the laser-cut streams under the various shades of earth tones it creates a radiating pattern resembling the sun's rays, making the resulting shadow as much a part of the fixture as the structure itself.

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dolce burnham residence after dinning room portrait

LONG ISLAND SUMMER HOME GETS A MODERN ADDITION

A homeowner sits at the dining-room table in front of the elegantly slatted cypress divider, which separates the living space from the new staircase. In this home, brown is the base for everything.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

Photo by Raimund Koch.

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