2 Good color tips: 1. Bring seemingly incompatible items together. I was warned about using cow hides with apple green, but it somehow works. I was leary about mixing light and dark woods at first too, but now I’m ready to add some zebrano! Neutrals provide a sleek backdrop, but blasts of carefully placed color are what bring a room to life. If you are unsure where to start, focus on a favorite item, a multi-toned beaded curtain, a funky vase or a fantastic rug and build your room's palette from there. Trust what you are drawn to, it's your individuality. 2. If you have an open floor plan make sure the rooms that can “see each other” are also having a "conversation". My living room is black and white with peacock accents and my dining area is green and brown with silver accents. I made sure each room had some of the other's color. A safe formula is two neutrals to every bright. 2 good color resources: 1&2. My best color resources are nature and art. The green on my dining room wall perfectly matches the trees seen through the clerestory windows in spring. The orange in my office was initially inspired by ‘The Gates’ and one particular tree last fall while looking at foliage, but I must admit, it was a Gatorade cap that I matched to the paint swatch!