I use mini resistors. Panasonic used a pale aqua color for 1% resistors that made it fairly easy to see the color differences, but the striping was so inconsistent (fading, placement, thickness) that it got hard to tell which end was which when the value started with a brown stripe. When those went end-of-production, I switched to Stackpole. They use a deeper blue that makes white, gray, and yellow tough to tell apart, likewise with red/orange/brown.
Of course, with their size (a little bigger than those glass small-signal diodes) reading the bands can be challenging anyway. They're all close together, so the "more space before the tolerance band" rule goes right out the window. But man can you pack those things onto a PCB!
Keep your inventory well organized, and always check with a meter if there's any doubt.