I bet my sweet client is not the only one! Architecture in the southwest seems to be really focused around stucco and sand! And not the beach type of sand... the dirt type. Anything and everything dirt and dust colored makes it into our builder basic homes! So, can you have a home with shades of brown in your cabinetry, tile, counter tops and paint AND still let your inner gray goddess shine through?
Don't treat the brown in your home like an old shoe!
Figure out which pieces accent the colors of the brown items that are staying, such as cabinets, tile, etc. Use those pieces as staples and accent them with new furnishings in the gray, white, tan and blue families. This will help create a more neutral palette that looks less "brown".
Don't use all the same browns!
All the same finish in furniture or all the same color in pillows or curtains doesn't help create any depth or help establish an identity in your brown pieces. Keep some, and ditch some, for shades both lighter and darker shades to extend what the color can do on it's own.
Add patterns in anywhere you can, in any size and in many sizes and shapes! Mix them and mingle them like a really good happy hour! The difference between the solids and the prints will add a ton of depth!
So, if you are sick of your brown, GRADUATE to gray because it is here to stay!