I'm not sure if this is actually true or not but this thought has forever dogged me. Therefore, I used to be afraid of color and the consequences. Now I no longer have those concerns to deal with. I am now liberated to the point where I actually went out on a limb (compared with my other homes) with the colors I picked and they are a long way from beige. Behr's "Spicy Cayenne" for the living room and Ralph Lauren's "Burlap" for the kitchen and dining room with lots of white trim and black accents, in both rooms. I took a lot of time trying to keep the feel of the "old" cottage with a modern but comfy feel. I hope you like it as much as I do and I wish I could send you more photos. 2 Good color tips: 1. Go with your feelings and your surroundings--for me it was the lake and the trees and the peaceful environment that I wanted to bring indoors and to compliment the views from the windows. 2. Use things that you already own and love and make them a part of your color scheme. 2 good color resources: 1. I bought magazines, looked online and also toured model homes to find colors that I loved and knew would fit with my belongings. 2. Your local paint, hardware and decorating stores.