While colour will always be an integral part of my work, I have realized it is significantly more powerful when used sparingly, against a grey or white. Not every square inch of a canvas needs to have mind blowing, jarringly contrasting colour. It loses something in mass. Colour is an incredibly powerful trick of the light that should not be used carelessly, as hard as it is to restrain oneself (especially when you're me).
It's the same with clothes and interiors too. There is definitely something in subtly. It makes for a sleeker product, letting the aesthetics breathe and stand alone. Funnily enough I say this from within the realms of halfheartedly organized clutter and a floordrobe. I'm still learning.