I came across this little gem in .NET.
I was trying to easily encode some colors and it seemed impossible to do it directly with Color and Brush. But just when I wanted to write my own function to convert RRGGBB encoded color to a SolidBrush via Color.FromArgb() I found ColorTranslator. I just added a '#' character in front of RRGGBB and converted it with ColorTranslator.FromHtml().
this.ForeBrush = new SolidBrush(ColorTranslator.FromHtml("#" + sColor));
Ain't that sweet? This kind of moments make me wanna hug VS.NET.