People often say 'I'll paint it white until I decide on a colour' well people I've got news for you white is a colour and a pretty effective one at that. It can be used as a backdrop to your decorating schemes. But unfortunately some people find white a little too cold..
The thing is you can use a soft white. All paint suppliers will a wide selection of whites and you can create wonderful bright rooms with various shades of white.
So my advice to you is 'don't be scared go white'