My last apartment was essentially unchanged since the 1940’s—windows, kitchen, bath and all. I decided to play up the wide slat floors by painting them white to make an urban cottage using a variety of blues and oranges, trimmed in white. At my new apartment, the canopy of the trees produce a tree house effect, so I decided to go to the garden for inspiration, using lots of greens. 2 good color tips: 1. The paint chip will appear more intense (darker or brighter) when it's covering your whole wall and playing off itself. 2. I don't buy the warm, cool approach to color. I find that if colors share another factor, like the same level of muted-ness, they'll work together. 2 good color resources: 1. I use everything for inspiration, including travel photos, a favorite article of clothing, film sets. 2. I like Ralph Lauren colors, but not the paint. Bring in a chip to your local paint shop and they'll mix it for you with whatever brand of paint you prefer.