Borrow colors from your upholstery to coordinate rugs, pillows, and artwork or work from the floor up using a great area rug as a focal point and pulling colors and textures from it for upholstery and accessories. If you need to decorate over time, you will have a reference of color and texture from which to build your dream room. A few days invested up front in living with your selections can save money and heartache in the long run. Get a quart of paint and cover a portion of the wall. Tape fabrics and lay your rug up against it. Walk past your test area for a full day and see how it feels to be living with this color scheme. Watch for color shifts as light changes from early morning to evening. Hint: pure white ceilings tend to neutralize your color scheme. Painting the ceiling a subtle tint of your main color will actually compliment your color scheme.