When I moved into this house, it needed to be totally repainted. I took that as an opportunity to update my decor, but I didn't want to buy all new things. I had pored over countless decorating magazines and websites, and knew that I had to choose colors that I loved. However, I didn't want to go crazy with my paint and other finishes, or get wildly colored furniture that I could tire of before it wore out. I decided to stick to basics (bland) for the furniture and main fabrics, like my drapes and bedding, and add pops of color with small things, like pillows, vases, pictures, etc.
(I really would like to paint my whole house in violets, blues, and shades of pink and red, but was afraid of how it would turn out!)
Since I loved the colors in my bedroom rug and pictures that I put above the couch, I used those for inspiration.