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Chalky Purple: Modern

Layer pastels with vibrant colors or interesting textures to keep them from looking bland. "It's all about creatying dynamic layers and interest," Soto says.

Chalky Purple in this Room: In a large, open space, using colors proportionately becomes all the more important. Color can quickly overtake a room, so it's best to stick with neutral walls and let furnishings carry the color. To keep the palette bright and airy, this room utilizes a creamy beige as the primary color. Chalky purple remains a strong secondary color, on the chairs and ottomon, while gray brings the built-ins into prominence. Black is limited to the base of the coffee table, but the firebox also acts as a plane of black. Beyond color, texture also plays a part in this room's design success, from the woven baskets and grasscloth flooring, to the fuzzy ottoman and the glass sculpture on the table.

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