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If Gray is like Skinny Jeans, then what is Brown?

By 07/27/2011January 23rd, 201724 Comments

I received a great question from a reader about brown the other day:

Image via Cote de Texas‘So I’ve seen your posts about gray and brown, but what I really want to know is if brown is going to the ‘mom’s jeans’ of the decorating world? I mean is it going to be so out that no on should use it? I’m hoping to hear that it will be more of a boot cut. . . an old standby. No one is going to look at you and think ‘she’s so cutting edge’. . . but paired with other nicer items, some good accessories, you can still look great.’


‘If grey is like a pair of skinny jeans. . . then what is brown?’  Here’s my take in the video below:

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  • Shannon says:

    Hi Maria, I'm not sure if this your first video blog, I can't remember seeing one of you before? Great job! It's really nice to see you animated. I've been reading your blog for awhile now and I guess I imagined what your "voice" would sound like, it's very true to my imagination. You are warm and down to earth on your video just like you come across in your blog. Thanks for the tips. I'm in the process of changing out the brown from my house. I went a little overboard with it and it's getting old.

  • Splendid Sass says:

    Great video, Maria. I agree with you. I adore gray and brown, but need pops of color.

  • montanna says:

    This kitchen design is versatile in shape, bold in color and visually spectacular. These glass countertops are customizable in their sizes, shapes and patterns, so customer will get totally various glass countertop than others. They are able to outfit any kitchen even any counter.

  • Tamara Nicole says:

    I add little pops of brown, but always will use colors!

  • Karena says:

    Bravo Maria, a great video with advice that all makes sense!


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  • Saypoint says:

    Great video and great topic. You are very natural and relaxed in front of the camera. With all of the gray and painted furniture that's appearing in magazines and stores, I've been feeling left out with all of my light wood tones. I liked the gray in the beginning, but I think it's starting to be overdone, and I'm getting tired of it already. Good advice to use trends sparingly and not lose the vision you have for your own space when something new comes on the scene. All of that painted furniture and Belgian style will be so dated in a couple of years.

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    Love, love, love the video blogging!

  • Susan Seale says:

    Awesome video!!!

  • Linda Pakravan says:

    Great video!

  • Casa Très Chic says:

    Hi, this video is great.

  • Creative in Chicago says:

    Oh my goodness it could have been my house I recently bought, you describe in your video. There was one color…BROWN. and brown makes me frown! I had brown walls, brown floors, shag pile brown carpet and brown bathrooms. YUCK! I am transforming it slowly and have just painted a brown wood clad basement.
    See it here
    What do you think of the transformation?

  • Anonymous says:

    Great video. I hope you do more.

  • Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} says:

    Your 2nd video is "light years" better than the first one. I hear Hollywood calling! You're starting a trend that the rest of us will be following before you know it!

    By the way, I think my "comment" option is working now. Thanks for the heads up!

    Trendless in Sacramento,

  • Anonymous says:

    Maria, I am enjoying the video. Your doing a great job. Looking forward to more!!

  • Laura HH says:

    Can you post a pic of that white and yellow kitchen? I love it and hope to copy it when I finally convince my hubby that we need to paint our orange oak cabinets1 (He should be the one reading your blog!)

  • Hi Maria! Loving the video. Great to hear your voice :). And of course, great content as usual. Hope you are well!

  • pve design says:

    Good advice.
    Funny, I was debating on gray for my kitchen walls, but am trying the palest aqua blue which will make me happy.

  • unifiedspace says:

    Great video! I do however have a grey kitchen but it is a great violet-brown-grey which changes a lot throughout the day. I get my "happiness" injection from a huge fruit bowl filled with loads of zesty colours. Look forward to visiting your blog again.

  • Luciane at says:


    Maria, this is sooooo cool! Yes, keep the videos coming! I agree with you. Never spend tons of money on trendy stuff. As everything else in life, a good interior just feels happy if well balanced.

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at

  • Nan @ Playful Decor says:

    So true on having a balance of colors. Honestly, I think every house should just be the way an owner wants it with colors they love and not, not in colors that are "in." As "Saypoint" said, gray is already being overdone. I've seen it too.

    As for brown being like mommy jeans…. the good thing about those was we didn't see everyone's muffin-top! 🙂

  • Lazy Gardens says:

    Maria – You are a good writer with an entertaining style and good content.

    Here's the standard web advice for using video: Video of a person saying what could just as easily be conveyed with text and still pictures is not efficient use of bandwidth: yours to make and edit it, the ISP's to transmit it, and the viewer's time to see it.

    How to install drapes – that would be a good use of video.

  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi Lazy Gardens,
    I get what you are saying AND personally I think it's more powerful to hear the kind of advice I give straight from me instead of in writing. There are many kinds of videos in the world and I am just starting out with mine and I'm sure they will get better.

  • Donna says:

    Hi Maria, I'm glad you responded as you did about the video 'principle'. When your blog is as much about relationship as advice..then video blogging makes that wonderful! We aren't just 'viewers'. We feel like we are your friends. :O)

    In fact, I plan to start sharing my 'Tuesday Tea' chat on video, when I feel comfortable enough with it. Having tea together 'virtually' will be more fun if we can 'hear' each other.

    Can you believe that I can't watch this yet? The computer I'm using has no sound and Tim hasn't fixed it yet. On top of that, I have five teenage boys asleep in the livingroom (three on my new couch) after an all night 19th birthday party for my son. And the new German shepherd puppy sets up a fuss if she hears anything. (She's banned to the laundry room until the boys wake up.

    So I will just have to wait a little to watch it. I'm sure it will be super!

    What an interesting post topic! I can't wait to hear more.


    P.S. Skinny jeans? Yipes–not me. 🙂 I like what one commenter said about mom jeans and how at least they cover 'the muffin top'. Too funny! I've seen enough tummies bulging over people's pants in the last year or two. Too bad people don't know which style is appropriate for their size. I don't wear 'mom jeans' any more, but they are boot cut and are designed for my size which is perfect.

  • Julie S says:

    Maria, I love your blog and have just discovered the archives which I am slowly going through! I would like to add my 2 cents about vlogging. I read blogs during my massive amounts of downtime at work but I am not able to watch videos at work. So for us types, I raise my voice to request keeping your wonderful corner of the web text-dominant and not video-heavy. Thanks and keep up the amazing content!


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