One of the best pieces of advice ever bestowed upon me from my design mentor was to always pick your wall paint LAST.
Everyone's always in a hurry to get their house painted. ASAP. I'm always trying to convey to my client's to source your furniture, rugs and accessories first and then back into your paint. It actually may be the easiest decision if left until the end of your design process.
1// Love the color first. If you don't like the color by itself on the chip or in the fan deck, you aren't going to like it in your entire room. I love Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray. One of my all-time favorite grays. Great on its own. Great in a room.
2// One amazing trick to experience the paint in an actual room versus one of those computer-generated applications is to Google the paint name and number into Google Images where you can see the actual color in a real spaces.
3// Don't be afraid of color! I know whites, grays, tans are always a popular choice for living spaces but don't be afraid to step out of the box and have fun! People don't realize that color effects mood and so painting an office bright yellow or a children's room a fun pink could have positive effects.
And if you don't have the nerve to go all out with color on the walls, try incorporating more colors into other elements in the room instead like pillows and accessories. Below Amanda Nisbet uses bold color in drapery!
Dare you to choose your paint color last!