Here is a piece I just finished for a client. We have been working our way through the house. She just moved in not too long ago so, she is starting from scratch. The base color is a super, super light grey (almost white) with a slightly darker (not by much) grey striped accent. It needed not to be too strong of a piece in the room...but, painting it plain white was just too dull. Add in a smidge of distressing and you have a winner. Here is what the dresser originally looked like.
Not awful right? But definitely nothing special or even remotely unique.
Ahhhh, much better. Right?