Did you ever notice the names they give rather non-descript colors? Off-White becomes Wedding Silk. Two shades of brown are called, "Bird's Nest and American Bronze." All these choices are making my head pound.
Sometimes I feel the same way about words. Like colors, I enjoy a wide variety. Yet selecting the perfect phrase to show a character's emotion makes me want to curl into a fetal position. Should I say, "Sylvie gasped at Jerome's boldness?" Perhaps Silvie slaps Jerome's face. What's a girl to do?
My carpet swatch gave me a basis for picking out a paint color. Since my decorating style leans toward neutrals with accessories providing punches of color, I ignored all the bright, hit-you-in-the-face shades. Eventually, I settled on a nice tan for the woodwork and the palest yellow I could find for the walls. (I know. I know. Yellow isn't neutral, but a little surprise doesn't hurt.)
With Silvie and Jerome, I must discover that reference point to build upon. Is Silvie a timid type? We can hit the backspace key on the slap. Is she sophisticated? She might lift her chin and come back with a withering retort.
Hmm, I never realized selecting paint colors had so much in common with writing. :)