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I love that the blue/brown color pairing trend which appeared back in 2002 is making a resurgence again this year. It's been a favorite of mine since I stayed in a condo at Mt Tremblant that was completely - and beautifully - decorated in shades of both.

Aside from being pleasing on the eyes, I suspect that the pair continues to be a popular choice because of the feelings & images they evoke. Blue is calming and casual; think sky, cool ocean waters, beach houses (all pleasant thoughts as we eagerly anticipate the arrival of warm Spring weather!). Brown is unifying and dependable; it's a "safe" color that is often used to balance out more daring choices; think earth, wood, coffee.

Together, blue and brown are quite versatile; from a decor standpoint they can be classic or quite modern. A quick scan of the Spring catalogs reveals the pair prominently featured in the living room, bedroom, bath and outdoor categories:

Chiasso: Chiasso_furniture_3

Crate & Barrell: Crate_and_barrell_furniture_1

Crate_and_barrell_furniture2_1

West Elm: West_elm_furniture

Pier1: Pier_one_furniture_1

Restoration Hardware: Restoration_hardward_furniture_1

Pottery Barn: Potterybarn_furniture

As social trends continue toward more fragmented attention spans, escalating terror threats, and natural disasters, it seems logical that people would be drawn to the calm, cool & collected image this combo projects.

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