My best advice to stitchers who are uncertain about color choice is you will ALWAYS be successful if you do either one of two things... 1. Use a very limited palette such as above or 2. Use EVERY color.
My closest neighbor is 1/4 mile from me and his ex wife had 3-4 fluffy little white dogs who barked all the time... She moved out last fall and when spring came and he would have his door open I could hear a barking dog. So one day I saw him on the road and asked him if he had gotten a dog or if his wife had moved back... He informed me that neither had happened. He had a parrot who had learned to bark like those dogs when he was excited. Mystery solved.
I have no active stitching project in progress although I could drag out the peacock piece or finish the cottage piece for Judith Montano's class. I could even tune up some of my old RR pieces. But I'm waiting for the next Diva block to arrive (Nikki's) and am using the time to paint with my new toy (more next post.)