The wall color was chosen based on the furniture, textiles, and art -- a lot of which we have accumulated over the years. But the pink lockers and the gray couch were a big influence. I knew they'd both look great against dark walls. Initially I wanted go even darker, but my husband was wary of black walls, so we compromised on this color, and we're both really happy with it. The room has plenty of large, south-facing windows, so it doesn't feel too dark during the day. And the beveled glass means that it's bathed in refracted rainbows on sunny afternoons.
Colors used in my room:
The walls are painted Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore, which is a perfect base for shots of pale pink, brick red, and turquoise.
Tips for using color successfully:
Paint swatches and samples are key to getting the right color! I've learned the hard way that paint can look completely different on a wall than on a little chip, so take the time to do some tests, especially if you're painting a big room.
Consider every aspect of the room carefully and how it will go together. Nothing is isolated! Taking inspiration from disparate elements in your room can lead to color combinations you never would have thought of on your own.