Brown is anything but boring. From your favorite worn-in leather boots to warm wooden furniture, it’s one of the most versatile neutrals for both your home and your wardrobe. Despite its ubiquity in nature, it’s often overlooked in favor of showier shades. Used in art since prehistoric times thanks to the availability of natural clay, this is one of the oldest color names on record in English and was first used in 1000. Many cultures use a word similar to the word for coffee to describe this color. Although brown was one of the most popular fall fashion trends this year, it can also be difficult to wear. If you want to update your basic black pieces, try pairing chocolate shades with burgundy, pale blue, olive green, ivory, blush pink and camel. Contrary to popular belief, these two neutrals can even be worn together. Shop for leather boots and bags as well as blazers and pants in your new favorite neutral. Chances are, brown plays a major role in your home decor. You’ll find varying tones in wood floors, furniture and fixtures. When choosing colors to go with these elements, try matching undertones. Warm-toned woods have gold or yellow undertones and look good with colors on the warm end of the spectrum, while woods with blue or gray tones can be paired with cool hues.