2 good color tips: 1. Use vintage fabrics to help you find color combinations that make your heart sing. I have a constitutional aversion to brown, but when I saw a brown floral print teamed up with a pink polka dot fabric in an old quilt it made me rethink my color limitations. 2. Do not pick a paint color by committee. Not everyone is going to like the stripe you have test-painted in the foyer. Go ahead and paint the walls that color anyway if you love it. 2 good color resources: 1. If you don't enjoy rooting through fabric bins in thrift shops, turn to Cath Kidston's IN PRINT. Although Kidston's rose chintz granny aesthetic does not square with the beloved minimalism of many Apartment Therapy readers, her book provides great ideas for adding jolts of color to neutral settings. 2. My local hardware store has a computer that can come up with a paint formula for anything I want to match. I suspect it is not unique in this regard. If you want to replicate the exact shade of a fabric swatch, you can have it scanned and a paint formula custom mixed.