I enjoy pulling in the lovely juxtaposition of gray, blue, green and "hot" flower colors from my yard. I also like to let wood be a color and I balance a lot of the grayer tones in our home with golden wood tones.
2 Good color tips: I use saturate colors sparingly, and place them in areas I want to draw attention to, like little gems. I have a lot of art, so I like to let the art be the focus, but I'm not afraid to display it on a non-neutral wall, as long as the color is a background and not the main event. I use a lot of pastels, but I don't like to let them be too washed out. I choose "grayer" instead of "whiter" versions of the saturate colors I am drawn toward. They can be quite beautiful as a canvas when combined with neutral fabrics and pops of saturate color.
Favorite type and brand of paint: Devine Color in "powder" finish or Benjamin Moore's Aura paints in eggshell.