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Unlock Radiant Rooms With Jewel Tones

A cool, neutral palette will always have a place in our hearts, but there's something undeniably captivating about a room adorned with jewel tones. Sapphire, ruby, and magnolia leaf green can instantly transform a space,...

A cool, neutral palette will always have a place in our hearts, but there's something undeniably captivating about a room adorned with jewel tones. Sapphire, ruby, and magnolia leaf green can instantly transform a space, making it feel sophisticated and intriguing. According to Westport-based designer Robin Henry, "Jewel tones are just so easy on the eyes and easy to be around all the time. They make you feel good!" If you're considering incorporating jewel tones into your home decor, we've got you covered. Check out these expert tips and nine easy ways to integrate jewel tones into your living space.

Bar area with floral, emerald wallpaper houses an array of delicate cocktail glasses. Photo by Brie Williams / Design by Barrie Benson

A Few Ground Rules

Seasoned designers often turn to jewel tones when trying to camouflage tricky architecture. However, it's essential to keep a few ground rules in mind to ensure your space doesn't end up looking cartoonish instead of chic.

Just Jewel It: A single pop of saturated color in an otherwise neutral room can feel incongruous. To set off a jewel tone, consider adding a complementary element. As Robin suggests, "It doesn't have to be a huge gesture, although I can't usually stop myself!"

Use a Color Wheel: Pairing together two clashing jewel tones intensifies the discord. To create harmonious combinations, refer to the color wheel. Look for colors situated opposite each other for a balanced effect.

Look for the Right Textures: Jewel tones look sumptuous on materials that radiate light and sheen, such as silk, velvet, glass, and lacquer. Avoid fabrics like linen, as achieving the desired color depth and saturation can be challenging.

Emerald velvet accent chairs are striking against the purple geometric rug and purple bookshelves. Photo by Anna Routh / Design by MA Allen Interiors

9 Ways to Try Jewel Tones

Ready to infuse your home with the captivating allure of jewel tones? Here are nine simple ways to incorporate them into your decor, from small touch-ups to renovation-worthy splurges.

1. Lacquered Cabinets: Transform lackluster cabinets with a jewel tone-colored lacquer. Opt for cool-toned hues like sapphire or turquoise for a main living space, or go bold with shades like plum in a more private room like an office.

2. Artisan Tiles: If you're tired of the ubiquitous white subway tiles, consider using jewel-toned artisan tiles for your backsplash or bathroom walls. Emerald or turquoise-colored tiles can instantly revamp your space and work well with various design aesthetics.

3. Jewel Tone Wallpaper: Turn a tiny room into a jewel box with richly colored wallpaper. A jewel tone paper can create a soothing and avant-garde ambiance. Just ensure proper lighting, as sconces can enhance the visibility of your unique wallpaper.

4. Matte Walls: While lustrous surfaces enhance jewel tones, matte walls can also create a striking effect. The flat matte finishes in saturated colors evoke a velvety texture, resulting in a deeply satisfying and beautiful look.

5. Velvet Furniture: Jewel tone velvet instantly elevates furniture silhouettes. Consider a sapphire velvet sofa or a topaz velvet chaise to add a touch of luxury to your living space. The larger size of furniture makes the jewel tone less overwhelming in an otherwise neutral room.

6. Art Deco Rugs: For an instant dose of jewel tones, consider an Art Deco rug. These rugs feature deep, saturated jewel tones like fuchsia, sapphire, emerald, and topaz. They're perfect for those who prefer a pre-determined color palette or feel hesitant about mixing and matching jewel tones.

7. Murano Lighting: If you want jewel tone decor that resembles actual gems, Murano glass lighting is the way to go. The porousness of Murano glass allows it to hold color, resulting in chandeliers and lamps that mimic the brilliance of real gemstones. Incorporating a few pieces of jewel tone Murano lighting can introduce saturated color without overwhelming the overall decor.

8. Stone Decor: Incorporate jewel tones through real gemstones or their less-precious counterparts. Malachite, lapis, amethyst, and cinnabar possess deep and vibrant hues comparable to emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. These gemstones can be transformed into decorative objects like boxes, animal figurines, or obelisks.

9. Bohemia Cut-to-Clear Crystal: If you're looking for a touch of jewel tone magic, a set of bohemia cut-to-clear crystal can do the trick. Goblets in cranberry, amber, cobalt, and emerald, as well as decanters, vases, and crystal boxes, add a touch of luxury without overwhelming the space.

This bathroom features a vintage sink and textured emerald wallpaper. Photo by Eric Piasecki / OTTO / Design by Robin Henry

Incorporating jewel tones into your home decor can transform your space into an editorial-worthy sanctuary. From small accents to bold statement pieces, there are countless ways to embrace the allure of jewel tones. So go ahead, unlock the radiance and embrace the captivating beauty of jewel tones in your rooms!

Lead photo by Eric Piasecki / OTTO / Design by Robin Henry Interiors