RIGHT: Think beyond fabric to stained or natural woods when you are choosing paint color. Here the pale honey shade gives a warm, soft backdrop both to the oak mantel and the traditional Windsor-style chair. COLOROPTIONSU If a honey gold doesn’t work with your scheme, other easy-to-live-with choices include shades of terra-cotta, warm stone grays, or clear medium greens or blues. Choose midrange colors for pleasing, not attention-grabbing backdrops. New homes and townhouses are often light and white inside-a blank canvas for creativity. DINING FURNITURE FOR CONSERVATORY Here, a color-craving homeowner started with definite givensmulticolored, floral-patterned upholstered furniture and a vaulted living room with adjoining, open dining area. For no-fail living room wall color, she matched a honey-gold shade in the sofa fabric to stock wall color on a paint chip chart. When you pull a color from fabric, consider how it will appear as a wall color. In a bedroom or smaller room, the shades of rose or teal from this fabric would be appealing. To give the dining room interest, especially at night, the owner chose a paint color two shades darker on the chip. This trick guarantees compatible shades. For a touch of shine, paint is a satin, rather than a flat finish.