I love books and there are plenty available on the subject of colour and its use in interiors. But sometimes you need only take a look inside the cover of your favourite read to see some fabulous colour combinations... OK, so maybe I wouldn't use these colour combinations for large surface areas, but as a starting point for accents with some neutral colours added, they make for great inspiration.
L-R: For Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, try Firecracker Lt. (88) and Caribbean Blue (119), both Sanderson.
For Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch, try Babouche (223) and Railings (31), both Farrow & Ball.
For Anna Del Conte, Gastronomy of Italy, try Mushroom and City Grey, both Zoffany.
For Hanif Kureishi, Something to Tell You, try Race Yellow (122) and Cochineal (65) both Kevin McCloud for Fired Earth (tricky one, this -- that yellow really is spectacularly yellow!).
For Neel Mukherjee, The Lives of Others, try Charlotte's Locks (268), Farrow & Ball, Purpleheart (188), Little Greene and Red Velvet, Craig & Rose (but only if you're feeling colour-confident!).
For Stephen Calloway, The Elements of Style, try Mews Blue and Theatre Land, both Mylands.
Now, don't get me started on the possibilities presented by the humble paper bag...