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The Accessory
If you'd rather start small, stylist Janet Crowther, author of A Well-Crafted Home suggests a throw or accent pillows. Or, she says, try decorating with amethysts; they're lovely on a mirror frame, or just place a couple to a tabletop. (Not all amethysts are as vibrant as the color of the year, but some, such as this geode show off the hue beautifully.) One truly low-commitment way to try out the color: flowers. Verbena, clematis, iris and allium are all available in the bright shade.