7 Ways to Decorate with Jewel Tones

Mix in metallics pieces with jewel tones

Saturated jewel tones as a trend for Fall 2016

When we were designing our Fall 2016 catalog, we loved the idea of using jewel tones to create warm, cozy spaces that feel luxe but inviting. There’s just something about sapphire, emerald, and garnet that feel rich and layered — everything we’re craving for fall. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate jewel tones into your space:

Use rich, jewel toned wall colors to create luxe, inviting spaces for Fall

1. Wall Color for the Win

The easiest way to bring color into your space is always with paint, and for the rooms in our Fall 2016 catalog, we did just that. We used Benjamin Moore’s Salzburg Blue to create a dramatic backdrop and to give our rooms an enveloping feel.

A rich, garnet lamp brings warm jewel tones into a space

2. Light Fixtures in Bold Colors

Our Luciana Lamp comes in a rich red which is the perfect finishing touch for a bedroom or corner of your living room. Accents of color throughout the space are a great way to bring in personality without going over board.

Luxurious silk drapes in a peacock blue make a dramatic style statement

3. Dramatic Drapery Panels

Every room needs window treatments, so why not use them to make a statement? Our Dupioni Silk Drapery Panels in Peacock feel rich and so luxurious in the corner of this seating area. They’re the perfect way to add punch to neutral foundation pieces, wouldn’t you agree?

Saturated colors and luxe velvet for Fall 2016

4. Dreaming of Velvets

Throughout our Fall 2016 catalog, you probably gathered we were vibe-ing on jewel tones, but you also probably saw a ton of velvet too! Why not combine the too? Ruby-colored velvet is the perfect way to bring a large swath of color to family room, and in terms of curl up comfort, furniture pieces upholstered in velvet are oh-so inviting.

Mix in metallics pieces with jewel tones

5. Mix in Metallics

We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk a little bit about metallics while we’re on the subject of jewel tones. Just like your favorite pieces of jewelry, golds and silvers are the perfect complement to saturated sapphire, emerald, and ruby-colored hues. In this bedroom, we used gold sunburst mirrors and mirrors with a gold frame to add glamour to a sapphire velvet headboard, resulting in a luxe but cozy space where we certainly wouldn’t mind catching some z’s.

Start decorating from the ground up with a dramatic jewel toned rug from our Casa Florentina line

6. Color Underfoot

We love to decorate with rugs that have lots of color because visually, that heavy color is at the bottom of the room meaning it grounds the space beautifully. The rich blues in our Casa Florentina Lamontagne Rug are the perfect way to start building a space from the ground up. We do this all the time when building the rooms for each season. First we pick a rug that we love, then we use the color palette from that rug to guide the rest of the pieces in the space. Before we know it, the rest of the space has come together beautifully — like magic!

Cross sections of agate make for unique wall art when framed in a grid

7. Slices of Stone

When you’re thinking of how to fill the blank wall in your room, it’s only natural you’ll start thinking of paint and photography and other art mediums. But recently, we’ve been loving the idea of using unconventional things in a classic frame — like our Agate Art. These real cross sections of stone are all different, and their wavy bands of color, polished face, and jagged edges make them a unique and mesmerizing accent for your wall. Use just two for a small sliver of wall space, or do a grouping of 12 like we have here.

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    December 6, 2018

    Beautiful display using jewel tones in a classic culture. I am working on a project with similar shades and this has provided me so much inspiration. Thank you!

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    February 23, 2017

    Can you tell me where I can buy the paintings in the first two photos?