. . .I don’t test colors on the wall before I paint. I’m very lazy, but I also just go with my intuition. I pick the chip in the paint store and hope for the best. Most of the time it works out just fine, really. I always worry that if I put a bunch of testers on the wall I won’t be able to choose between them anyway, somehow. . . I always follow the three F’s when I’m painting: make it Fast, Fun, and most importantly FINISHED! To me, "finished" is the perfect color. 2 good color tips: 1. Imagine a "story" you are telling in your room – "the kitchen I would have if I lived in Paris and had my own rooftop herb garden." The story often tells you exactly what color the walls should be. 2. Don’t cave in to peer pressure – people go insane when you tell them you want to paint your wood trim! I say, paint it how you want it. You live there. If my wood trim hadn’t been painted, I would’ve painted it in a hot second, no guilt at all. 2 good color resources: 1. Magazines and blogs: If you're in choosing mode, look look look. Copy something you love. 2. Colors for your walls don't have to come from colors of other walls. The inside of a teacup provided the color for this room (the sewing studio). I'd had the teacup around forever and always loved it. I figured if I'd kept it around that long, I probably really did like the color.