I prefer strong contrasting colors in strange combinations - like turquoise and purple and orange. I am new to weaving. On my project for a table scarf, I had to stop and ask, "Do I wish the scarf to be the main object or the backdrop for the item sitting on it?" Originally I was picking colors from the room. A good idea for a pillow cover or a lap rug. Not so good for this table runner.
If I wish to display the dragonfly bowl, the fabric color should be subtle. Though, it could be patterned or textured. The crystal candleholder and stone statuary would still show well on brighter fabric.
I really was focused on the bowl. It was a treasured birthday gift. My personal preference would not allow me to go neutral for the decorative bowl, but I did go softer - an antique gold and soft rose. If it doesn't work with the bowl, I can use the scarf elsewhere.
What would influence your color choice for a table scarf?