While trying to add this post with directions, things got messy....so I decided just to make a short video instead (put it to full screen and HD to see the codes clearly):
So there you have it- some basic codes to help spruce up your directions section of your Google Forms (at least until they add this functionality- which has to be on the horizon, right?).
Link to more html codes to play with if you'd like
Link to site to easily copy/paste html color codes, as described in the video
Here's a paper copy of the same directions that you can use to copy/paste code from.