I will admit (and so will others) that when it comes to color, I am very picky. I will custom tailor wall color choices to fit so perfectly in a room that it keeps people from repainting for years. My clients always say, "Gretchen, I still love my colors!" The best and quickest advice I can give you about choosing wall color is to ask yourself this: “would you wear that wall colored shirt with those pants?” What are the pants? Your wood, natural stone, and other non-negotiable surfaces are your pants!
Above is a picture of a beautiful room, but the lavender on the walls is not a shirt color you would wear with this particular wood-color pair of pants! This is a kind of lavender you would see on a sales rack with spring colors, cool grays, and fresh whites, not with the earthy rich straw golden hues you see in the warm natural wood.
I have been called an avid color chess player, one that can anticipate what a wall color ahead of time and prevent an ill fit. The wrong wall color, while easily correctable, can sour a design experience. At the end of the day, this is what drove me to craft artistic paint palettes that honor my desire for strong and healthy color relationships that are predictable and perfect. For a color like this see Devine Bavarian and Devine Twilight.