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All the pretty colors....

So does anyone have any suggestions on how to figure out color schemes for a house?

I'm officially tired of white walls and the new house has a few.... ummm... interesting wall colors aside from white that I'd like to get rid of (a pink room is tops of that list ;). I'm going for a look along the lines of classical and refined meets spooky and quirky. I want it to look normal-ish (but stylish) at first glance but with lots of potentially odd/unsettling details thrown into the mix.

Unfortunately most of the home improvement places have fairly generic "pastel", "country", "french", etc... type colors and decors and none of them really do anything for me. Modern sometimes looks interesting, but it's often lacking in a style that I like. I've got a few color ideas, but I was hoping to find someplace(s) that had interesting color schemes etc... that I could crib off of. I'm not so sure that I'm ready to dive into the wonderful world of paint chips just yet :).

Suggestions and comments will be quite welcome...


look at lots of pictures of castles. mmmm, castles.

or classic automobiles.


Mmmmm chrome.... That's definitely one of the "colors" of things in my house. I hadn't thought of castles though. I feel a google search coming on. Although I could even be silly and paint big "bricks" in the basement and make it look dark and castle/dungeony as a contrast to the techno-toys (i.e. arcade machines, big TV, stereo equipment).

Hmmm... you know with a few cool murals worked in, that might be a very cool look for a basement rec-room....