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The Colors

This color palette is based on a series of pastel gray-blues and purples. The colors tap into the chalky, sophisticated side of pastels, rather than the baby nursery side. Start with a grayish blue on the walls, and  ground the space with beige as beige acts a supporting secondary hue. Continue the chalky palette with a cool lavender in mid-ranged intensities, used as the main accent color.

In smaller doses, black and charcoal gray bring out the elegant characteristics of the dusty purple, blue-gray, and supple beige.

To pick the perfect pastels, compare the colors you're considering to a white paint chip and a gray chip. "If it leans white, the pastel most likely will be too sweet," Soto says. "Stick with pastels that have gray undertones."

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