During the past few years, pale pastel colors such as flesh and millennial pink have been popular, but now have fallen out of favor. Vibrant, rich and strong jewel tones are gaining ground as trending decorating colors. If you want to join in on the fun, learn how jewel tones are being added in current interior spaces.
Seven Useful Tips For Infusing Any Room With Jewel Tones
Decorating with jewel tones can be as easy as adding some highly pigmented bauble-hued accessories or covering a whole room in a deeply saturated gem-inspired shade.
- Go Big!
Invest in smaller pieces of jewel-toned furniture — a pair of side chairs, an ottoman or a stool — whether their upholstery or their frames contain the color. This way, if you ever have second thoughts, you can simply remove these small pieces from the space. Going through the trouble of reupholstering a sofa and a pair of loungers isn’t exactly cost-effective.”
2. Layer Up!
“Successful decorating with jewel tones has much to do with layering so that rooms don’t fall flat. Layers and varying textures always create interesting interiors. Experiment by layering one rug over another — say, a large sisal or sea grass one underneath a pretty hand-knotted silk jewel-toned area rug. I love layering rougher-hewn, natural elements with jewel tones. This rough-luxe contrast always prevents bold colors from looking too precious.
- Emphasize with Metallic’s!
“Jewel tones look great with metallics. Using metal finishes like gold. Antique or unlacquered brass, nickel and silver always emphasizes deep hues of sapphire, ruby, amethyst and others, creating a space that looks luxe and bold.”
4. Use Black & White!
“Using the shades black and white in any space will dampen a jewel tone’s intensity. It’s a contemporary, stylized way to diminish a jewel tone’s loudness, thus it almost becomes a neutral. If you cover your walls in a really brilliant shade of green, add black and white, whether it’s via a zebra rug, white furniture with black trim or a powerful print. These accent colors will be what really create the mood of the space, and dictate which direction the jewel tone takes.”
- Create a Jewel Box Room
“Colors inspired by gemstones are great for creating drama in small spaces. That’s what’s meant when boldly colored interesting small spaces are referred to as ‘jewel boxes.’
Likewise, if you use jewel tones in a larger living or dining room, you have to strike the proper balance. If walls are bright and bold, you’ll also need to reintegrate the color via some upholstered pieces, too. A larger room shouldn’t be as concentrated with color as a smaller one.”
- Temper Bold with Bold!
“Here’s what I love about highly pigmented jewel tones: They beget more color! It’s almost like you’re forced to introduce another just-as-bold tone in order for the space to look balanced and anchored — like a rug or furniture containing that same color. When you have a strong color, you have to use another strong one with it in order to make it stand out.”
- Hide and Camouflage!
“In awkward spaces that contain some sort of ugliness — a contractor-grade fire door, an electrical panel or a weird transom, like I have in the back pantry area of my apartment, shown above — making them disappear is a priority. In this space, I sought to draw the eye to something more interesting, my Van Doe wallpaper, which contains reinterpretations of iconic paintings (with deer heads) in a plethora of jewel tones on a deep black, or onyx, background. Black cabinets and moldings that match the wallpaper mask all of the other things I didn’t want to see.
Sometimes it’s not just about accentuating the beautiful things — it’s also about camouflaging the things that aren’t. Covering walls’ imperfections and awkward details with highly pigmented color tricks the eye into seeing only the color, and any unsightliness just goes unnoticed.”
Jewel Tone Colors
A darker shade of red that is bold, loud, and explosive, ruby red creates an atmosphere of passion and love in bedrooms. You can use it everywhere else in the house in small doses, such as kitchen accessories, to bring some life to monochrome or pale living rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. Combine ruby red with blue for a fancy contrast.
Purple and Pink
The serene, muted colors that accompany amethysts and garnets are associated with calm and beauty. If you want to evoke a relaxed, subtle feeling, pair them with colors such as white, silver, and deep blue. If you prefer vibrancy, combine them with green. Use purple and pink on accessories such as shutters, throws, and cushions to emit cozy feelings.
Topaz and amber yellows create an overwhelming feeling of warmness and emotional balance to any types of room they are in. Yellow is perfect to evoke gold when used in metal furniture or accessories. Alternatively, you can combine these yellows with any type of blue for a modern contrast between cool and warm colors.
Blue and Green
Sapphire blues and emerald greens are sophisticated and cool. Blues will seriously cool down any room and need yellow or even green accessories to bring some balance. Emerald greens have a slight warmth to them, and when they match with gold accessories, they become downright regal. Blues and greens are the most ideal combination.
Looking for the right jewel tones area rug? Koeckritz Rugs has the perfect area rug collections for your decoration needs, such as the Milliken Charthouse Pattern and the Tuftex Europa Moroccan Lantern Pattern. You can customize these rugs to your liking, just search “jewel tones” to find more options for these fashion forward hues your project.