My love for gradients (the kitchy-er the better) probably started in Art School. Painting good gradients with the perfect transition between two colors is very difficult & time consuming. It's also one of the reasons I absolutely love Adobe Illustrator (or Photoshop or even Indesign): it makes it so easy to create the perfect gradients.
When I look outside through the 3 m high frosted glass windows in our bathroom, this is what I see: gradients in many shades of blue, grey and green. All this depending on the weather of course.
If you want to indulge yourself with more color & gradients, have a look at Chloé's amazing design blog Plenty of Colour. One of my favorite websites ever.