If you asked me what my favorite color was I probably wouldn’t be able to give you an answer. But if you asked me what my favorite group of colors (I know…no one would ever ask that) was, it would definitely be jewel tones!
You probably figured this out already but they’re called jewel tones. Because precious gemstones like rubies, sapphires and amethysts inspired the collection of hues. From emerald green to fuchsia to turquoise to ruby red, these saturated hues are striking, rich, and vibrant. And I have yet to find anyone that doesn’t love them. Jewel tones are the color palette anyone can wear (if and when I ever get married my bridesmaids will be wearing either one or multiple jewel tones). And they’re absolutely the color palette everyone should have in their home.
If you’re unsure as to how to decorate with jewel tones, this post should clear all that up. Whether you’re just interested in adding a pop of one of these rich hues, painting an entire room in a vibrant shade or mixing and matching with multiple bold colors I’ve got your covered.
How to Decorate with Jewel Tones
Add One Vibrant Color to a Neutral Space
Adding one punch of vibrant color to an otherwise neutral room is a great way to incorporate jewel tones into your home. I tried to pick rooms that showcased all types of neutrals so you could see that no matter what your current home looks like it’s very easy to add a bit of color. The sitting room and hallway above is very modern and decorated with mostly shades of brown and cream with different wood stains. And this marine color on the walls compliments them perfectly! I also LOVE how while the room is very neutral aside from the bold paint color on the walls the designer was not afraid to play with patterns by adding the animal print rug and art deco wallpaper.
Below you see a predominately black and white living room that gets a huge punch of color with the addition of a lush velvet Kelly green sofa!
I love that designer also added subtle green touches with the light shade and the various vases on the bookshelf. I also love the repetitive palm pattern on the shade and the wallpaper on the back of the shelving unit.
Above is one of my absolutely favorite ways to add a pop of color into any home – with a bold, colorful rug (no really I actually have an entire blog post on how much I love colorful rugs, check it out HERE). I love a crisp, clean white kitchen with a vibrant multi colored jewel tone runner. Runners are generally inexpensive, I love Rugs.com & Rugs USA personally, and they’re a great way to add a significant amount of color to a space without committing to painting, spending a lot of money or feeling overwhelmed. This is also a GREAT solution for renters that are looking to add color to their home decor.
These 3 photos confirm that no matter what your decorating style is, there are absolutely ways to decorate with jewel tones in your current home.
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Decorate with 2 Jewel Tones
Are you interested in adding more than one jewel tone? Here’s what you should know!
When adding multiple colors to one space suggest either pairing together complementary colors (colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel) OR sticking with shades in the same color family or next to each other on the color wheel. Of course you can ultimately do whatever you’d like, but these color pairings are fool proof, guaranteed to “work” and will keep you from feeling overwhelmed in your interior design process!
The next few photos will show you how layering jewel tones, whether it be through furniture, paint colors, throw pillows, curtains, fabric or rugs works in pretty much any situation!
The bedroom above is a great example of how you can decorate with 2 complementary jewel tones without painting your space!
The decorator started with a blank canvas of neutral walls, a white carpet & wooden bed frame and added red & green pops. Red and green are opposite each other on the color wheel making them complementary and when placed next to each other create a striking combination! Adding softer versions of these jewel tones in the bedding, throw pillows, bench, rug and end table really make this room warm and inviting!
Below you’ll see two colors that aren’t quite considered complimentary, but they’re both jewel toned versions of primary colors (yellow, blue & red).
While the mixing and matching of 2 jewel tones in the above dining room may be subtle it perfectly compliments the vintage, midcentury modern furniture. I love how the emerald green velvet cushions on the dining chairs looks with the rich wood, while everything else in the space is airy and light!
Above and below you’ll see how multiple shades of one jewel toned color was used to decorate a space. I also love that even though both of the rooms utilize shades of blue they actually couldn’t be more different!
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Mix & Match Multiple Jewel Tones
Already a fan of color in your home and looking to dive right into adding more? Let these next few photos inspire a fun jewel toned color immersion! I can’t get over this moody teal, purple and marigold room is! I honestly never would’ve thought this color combo would look this amazing, but while it might not be for everyone you can’t deny that it’s a VIBE!
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Because jewel tones are luxe, I would make sure that your metallic finishes are also luxe! Shiny silver, antique brass, rich pewter – all great options for furniture, hardware, frames and more when adding the finishing touches to your space!
So have I convinced you to decorate with jewel tones in your home now? Not going to lie, putting together this post made me want to redecorate my entire apartment!
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