Here’s what Dorothy Draper* has to say about using color in decorating back in 1939:
Select the loveliest colors you can find–throw them together–and your own taste, resourcefulness and independence will carry you through. Above all, never be afraid of color. As I’ve said before, the day of drab, timid colors is past.
With that said, I am going with white walls in the new place for now. But look at the fabrics I’m considering:
*In this same book (Decorating Is Fun!), Dorothy Draper talks about painting ceilings in a complementary or contrasting shade, a practice that no one I know has ever heard of. As she says, “Just don’t treat [the ceiling] like a stepchild.”