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The Colors

Start this scheme with a base of soft gray -- maybe on your walls or upholstered furniture. Then incorporate two different shades of warm blue, “a blue with lots of yellow undertones,” designer Elaine Griffin says. These blues will avoid giving off a chill. This scheme uses a pale sky blue and a peacock shade.

Apply one blue to an upholstered chair and the other to a painted piece of furniture (such as a desk or cabinet).

This scheme uses dusty lime, and a bit of buttery yellow as accents to contribute contrast and brightness. Use these colors on trims, accessories, and pillows.

For a more colorful scheme, select one of the blues to be your main colors -- the lighter shade for mellow look, the darker for drama -- and use the gray as a supporting color.

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