CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF COLOR

To play it safe, combine a neutral, like flax, with something bolder, like yellow. But think twice about pairing intense hues with black, which “can look dated,” says designer Chris Benz. For something punchier, try two colors that are beside each other on the color wheel, such as coral and orange. Not sure where to begin? “Notice what colors you love and respond to in your décor,” says Benz.

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•Loop a chain through the clasp of a brooch (as we did, left). Suddenly, it’s a necklace! •Wrap your chains or lariat around your wrist for a tough luxe bracelet. •Snap clip-on earrings onto flats for an instant evening shoe.

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