Pull a palette together based on the essence of a place. India, for instance, conjures spice colors of yellow; brown, and red as well as jewel tones of garnet, emerald, and sapphire. For a more specific inspiration, I started with a favorite postcard that features a portrait of an Indian prince. To it, I added feathers, ribbons, and other ephemera, like turquoise-colored game titles, to create an exotic palette. The warm yellows and orange act as a rich, vibrant backdrop for the fabrics in cayenne red and sage green.