I'm inclined to agree with this (well, the second half) from experience almost exclusively wearing odd jackets/trousers. Especially with a blue jacket I find myself reaching for a brown tie over every other most of the time.
Somehow I didn't think you be convinced Out of interest, though, would anything have convinced you otherwise?
Similarly, based on the utility I get out of brown ties (i.e. how many of my own suits and sports coats I can wear them with - pretty), I remain convinced
I found this interesting: http://mostexerent.tumblr.com/post/1642503258/great-example-of-what-to-start-with-i-have
I think he's got a good handle on dressing well ...