In this space, the artwork above the table is a great guide in choosing the perfect paint palette. Because the colors work so well in the piece, they will definitely work well together as paint colors in your home.
Fabrics also are a great starting point for color inspiration. The drum shade on the pendant light provides the red color for the dining room and the neutral color for the adjoining room.
Many people are hesitant to paint a room black, but stark white trim, drapery and neighboring room create a pleasing contrast here.
Similarly, the back of this cabinet is painted the same color blue as found in the drapery and upholstery fabric. This has to be one of my favorite designer tricks.
Allow your favorite wallpaper to inspire your color palette. Look closely at the adjoining room to the right of the photo. You can see the darker color in the wallpaper is the same as the wall color in this living room.
If you dislike the color of your carpet and cannot change it, embrace it. Do not work against it. Choose a paint color that complements the existing floor covering. This bedroom's blue-gray carpet may have looked odd if the decorator had decided to ignore it instead of working with it.