So, time for some color. After careful study, we agreed on "True North," a pale putty, warm, off-white. Here's the swatch:
The paint is a new no-VOC line carried by Home Despot. I thought I would give it a try to test its smell, coverage ability, etc. It costs a bit less than some of the other non-VOC lines out there, but has a limited palette and only comes in gallons.
Here's the room, corners and trim cut in and ready to roll: