Artists and designers have long understood how colour can change a person’s mood. To help you pick the perfect palette for a creative project or decorating job try ColourCode, a simple site that lets you build colour palattes for any occasion. In free build mode just move your mouse around until you see a colour you like then click to reveal the pantone reference. Add more colours from the right hand ribbon to build your own unique palette. If you need a little help the left hand ribbon opens up a number of options to have the website build a scheme from your desired base colour. You can then save the result in a number of ways to take with you when shopping for soft furnishings.
Another tool you could try is Coolors, which serves up random selections when you hit the space bar or you can enter a pantone reference by hand. Once you see a colour you like click to lock it in place then keep hitting space until you have a complete collection. You can also tweak colours with the sliding bar across the top. Again, export and save in a number of ways to save for future reference. There is also an iPhone app for choosing colour swatches on the move.
EDIT: Thanks to Mark Excell on Twitter who also pointed out Adobe’s colourwheel website, which performs pretty much the same functions but with a different style of interface. Find the right one for you and fall in love with the harmony they bring to your colour palette.