I loved that rich bronze/brown picture she included in the article. Brown is really a color i have never used, except for diluted shades of khaki.
I have had troubles with light blue. My bathroom ended up looking lilac rather than a "dusty" blue. And our living room when we first were married ended up a depressing gray rather than a cheery light blue. But I try to use colors because it adds interest in an inexpensive way. In our living room (now repainted), our focal wall is a deep navy blue while the other walls are a creamy tan. It showcases the fireplace and one wall doesn't make the room too dark.
The new house is mostly neutral--but not white or off white, more khaki and yellow-- except a blue bedroom (my son's room), a blue bathroom and a teal dining room. I'm leaving everything alone except the dining room. Too loud for me for dinner! The powder room on first floor is a bright red! It's really neat for such a small space. The basement family room is painted a basic off white but the carpet is a rich tan and the fireplace is red brick. With our Nebraska Cornhusker Football posters--we will add the color, lol.
I have leftover paint, especially that lilac bathroom color, and I used it to paint closets. Our closets were pretty worn and the lilac doesn't look so purple-y in the small space. It actually looks light blue!