2 Good color tips: 1. You can achieve very precise stripes using a laser level (the kind that you can temporarily attach to any surface) and painter's tape. To get near-perfect stripes, after applying the tape, run a teaspoon along the entire length, on both sides of the tape, with heavy pressure. This will prevent almost all bleeding between colors. 2. For high-contrast (and high-drama) stripes, use different paint finishes for each stripe: Include enamel, semi-gloss and matte all on one wall! 2 Good color resources: 1. I think fashion and textile designers have amazing eyes for color. Men's ties are like mini swatches for great color combination ideas. 2. Just glancing around my office, I counted 25 different shades of green! I think even amateur eyes like mine can learn a lot about color just by being more observant and noticing the color in everyday objects you surround yourself with.