7 Ways to Decorate with Jewel Tones

This post was originally published in September 2016 and updated in September 2019.

We love 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:

Decorating with jewel tone wall color

1. Wall Color for the Win

The easiest way to bring color into your space is always with paint. In this room we used Benjamin Moore’s Salzburg Blue to create a dramatic backdrop and to give our rooms an enveloping feel.

2. Light Fixtures in Bold Colors

Our Parker Table Lamp comes in a deep emerald green 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?

 

4. Dreaming of Velvets

In the fall we are always vibe-ing on jewel tones, but we love incorporating velvet too! Why not combine them both? 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 Metallic

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. 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!

7. Art

If buying a piece jewel toned furniture feels a little too risky for you, another approach that might feel safer is choosing artwork that incorporates jewel tone colors. We love this option because artwork is a great way to feature multiple jewel tones in a room. The deep blues, reds, yellows and greens mixed together in our A Sunlit Stroll Art  have perfect pops of color and act as great starter piece if you are beginning to experiment with jewel tones.

For more design inspiration shop our Jewel Tone trend page and check out these other posts:

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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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    Quita Hill

    October 11, 2019

    I love the top picture with the Sunlit Stroll canvas. I have purchased the exact dining chairs shown in that picture. Would you happen to know the color of the paint in that dining room? I’m wanting to mimic almost everything in that dining room.
    Quita

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      Abbey Nolte

      October 14, 2019

      Hi Quita,
      That is Sherwin Williams Meadow Trail #7737.
      Abbey

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    Becky

    October 5, 2019

    I just got the Ballard catalog (Oct’19) today and enjoyed drooling over the pages. What paint color is used on the wall with the Sunlit Stroll artwork in the “No. 7 Art” section?

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      Abbey Nolte

      October 14, 2019

      Hi Becky,
      That is Sherwin Williams Meadow Trail #7737.
      Abbey

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    Covemaven

    October 1, 2019

    So glad to see another great seasonal post. I love the rug you used in both photo #1 and photo #6. Can you tell me the name of it? Thanks so much, and keep those decorating articles coming. As much as I enjoy the podcasts, I’m much more of a visual learner, so for me, the articles with photos are very helpful.

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      Abbey Nolte

      October 1, 2019

      Unfortunately we no longer sell that rug but here are some similar options: Mathison Rug, Asher Rug, Decarlo Rug. So glad you are enjoying the posts. Thanks for reading!

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    Kimberly

    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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    Liz

    February 23, 2017

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

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