I watch too many home make-over shows. One tip I like is that when redoing a room you should find an inspiration piece with colors you like -
Inspiration piece: our living room rug

and choose colors from that. So I did. It took most of an afternoon but I finally chose three colors, went to Home Depot for a quart of each, and sweet-talked Dick into painting swatches on the wall.

He hates them. And I don't really disagree. The top one looks much too much like baby poo (Dick's comment). The colors looked great on the little paint chips, but on the wall? Not so much. Back to the drawing paintchip board.