Want to know the hottest trend for home for fall and winter? Look to your fingers. And your wrists. And your neck. Yes, those gems—more specifically, those jewel tones—are inspiring all the looks for home today.
After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction (we’re looking at you, inoffensive beige, gray, and granite color schemes), we’re finally branching out and allowing some color back into our homes. These bold hues—deep sapphire blues, vibrant emerald greens, and intense, regal purples—can transform a room from a boring, vanilla box into a lusciously rich and cozy space you never want to leave.
Here are five ways to incorporate jewel tones into your décor.
Pay attention to the details
You don’t have to be so bold as to layer an entire room in jewel tones (But we’d love it if you did!). With jewel tones, the right placement is everything. “When applied to everything from paint to upholstery, jewel tones can transform any room into a sumptuous refuge or a light-filled bijou box depending on the shade,” said Architectural Digest. We love how the sapphire blue stands out against the muted walls in this Manhattan living room, where “walls and shelves brim with beloved art, books, and objects. The artist worked with designer Fernando Santangelo to create rooms that call to mind a timeless New York style.” Create the right combinations.
Creating harmony in your interior isn’t about choosing the right color. It’s about choosing the right color story. That means all the colors in your space need to work together. When it comes to developing that story, you can easily use a few pops of jewel tone boldness in a neutral palette, which will allow your space to blend in this fall and winter home trend without going too far over the edge. Feeling a little braver? Good. “Pair bold with bold: Jewel-tone colors work best when they have the ability to play off another bold color,” said Freshome. “Rather than only using one shade in a room, choose two or three to create a strong sense of contrast. Just check the color wheel first to make sure that the colors you choose go together well enough.”
Jewel tones create a luxe look, and that’s especially true when you add in a little metallic. “You’ve no doubt noticed how good gold bracelets or silver necklaces look when combined with jewel tones,” said DreamCasa. “Metallics are the perfect complement to saturated ruby, sapphire, and emerald-colored hues if you want a space that’s cozy yet fancy. Nothing grounds a space better than a richly colored rug. Finding one with jewel tone colors and a gorgeous design you love is the perfect place to start when redecorating a room. By using the rug’s color palette, you’ll have an easier time figuring out which items and colors will work best when introduced to the space.”
The power of paint
Jewel tones don’t have to be relegated to the insides of rooms. In fact, a bold splash of color on the walls can create an oasis. “Every year, leading paint brands declare their own color of the year,” said The Mercury News. “Often these have no common denominator, but for this year three top brands anointed shades of bluish green as the defining color: Behr chose In the Moment; Dunn-Edwards picked a similar shade called The Green Hour; and Sherwin-Williams chose Oceanside, a deep, opulent shade that the company’s director of color marketing called ‘the color of wanderlust.’”
One of our favorite ways to use paint, especially in the beautiful shades of the moment, is on cabinetry and built-ins. You may not be ready to paint your kitchen cabinets fuchsia, but how much do you love these vivid built-ins?
Tempt with textiles
Silk and velvet take jewel tones to another level, providing a plush feel that suits the rich hues. Velvet is the textile of the moment, so the choices are vast. You can create a luxurious and relaxing bedroom suite with velvet bedding in jewel tones, and all it will take is a trip to Target. Their Opalhouse collection includes comforters, pillows, and shams in colors like merlot, citrine, teal, and emerald green, and the items look far more expensive than they are.
Written by Jaymi Naciri