I started out with a forest in mind: very dark mahogany (DMC 300) with very dark turquoise (DMC3809). But once it was stitched, rather than leaves, I saw peacock feathers. So I added a flourish with royal blue (DMC 797) and French knots of very dark shell pink (DMC 208). I am very happy with the results.
I intended to make a diamond ornament, but stitched the margin too close to the design. Thus the ragged edge.
I think it will look amazing in reds, oranges and yellows. Next time.