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Chalky Purple: Sophisticated

To give a chalky color an updated look, pair the hues with plenty of white, Soto says. Cream will embue a serene, classic look.

Do a comparison test before committing to a pastel paint. Hold a swatch of the color you're considering agains a white paint chip and a gray paint chip. "If it leans toward white, the pastel most likely will be sweet," Soto says. "Stick with pastels that have gray undertones."

Chalky Purple in this Room: The gray from the palette is replaced with white, which carries the purples into the sophisticated realm. Chalky purple makes its presence known on the walls. If you don't have a lot of wall space (because of built-ins, windows, or doorways), it's okay to use a seondary color for the paint because it won't consume as much visual space. Darker shades of purple on the bedding, pillows and window seat cushions ground the white and lighter purple, and replace the grayish-blue as an accent.

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