jewel tones interiors

From statement bathrooms to decadent dining rooms and little pops of colour for the noncommittal interiors fans out there, here’s how to make jewel tones work in your home.

Rubies. Emeralds. Sapphires. Citrines. Amethysts… The interiors world has long loved the richness of gemstone shades and how they bring a decadent opulence to the home. If you’re keen to delve into the trend, we’ve asked our little black book of interiors experts on how to do so, from quick and easy tips that require zero redecorating to bold ways with paint and wallpaper.

ADD SMALLER ACCESSORIES FOR A SUBTLE POP OF COLOUR

Use pops of jewel tones sparingly for a quick and easy way to work the look. Glass and lacquer – like a mirror or tray – is a really easy way to get richer, deeper tones into your home without being overbearing. Or something as simple as velvet piping in a jewel tone. 

Nicole Salvesen, Founder of Salvesen Graham

BE CLEVER WITH FABRIC

Think about the richness of the fabrics you’re working with. For example, when styling cushions,  a velvet will always appear more jewel-like over a flatter linen, and some woven fabrics that are warmer will feel more jewel-like, too.

Nicole Salvesen, Founder of Salvesen Graham

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The Parrot Bar at Beaverbrook is a masterclass in how to do decadent pops of jewel hues.

A ruby red lacquer tray is a really easy way to get richer, deeper tones into your home without being overbearing.

jewel tones interiors
Salvesen Graham's Cane Tray in Ruby

PLAY WITH RICH FABRICS

“I find they tend to look best on equally rich fabrics, such as velvet, which often offers a much more profound colour than other materials. One of the easiest ways to add jewel tones to your home is to layer a few velvet cushion covers in warm golden tones or deep ruby reds; the trick is to just add a few in, not too many, to give your arrangement that little extra boost that makes you look.”

OKA’s Co-Founder, Sue Jones

DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX & MATCH 

“I like to pair jewel tones in rich fabrics like velvet  with a lighter material, such as a linen sofa, for a contrast of texture.”

OKA’s Co-Founder, Sue Jones

ADD SOME DRAMA

 

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"I personally quite like to bring a bit of drama to my interiors, so I love the idea of incorporating velvet chairs into the dining room for a real statement look; it’s a room that’s all about atmosphere, after all. I think green and blue look great together; I’d mix them with a dining table in a lighter wood to stop the space from feeling too dark.

OKA’s Co-Founder, Sue Jones

BE BRAVE WITH WALLPAPER & PAINT

“If you’re looking to add opulence and glamour to your interior, choosing jewel toned paint and wallpaper colours for your next decorating project is the right way to go. These highly saturated colours are inspired by gemstones, such as sapphire, ruby and emerald. Introducing brave shades like plum purple and forest green, to your walls will bring depth to your space and instantly create a feeling of indulgence, whilst still being vibrant and colourful.

Paula Taylor, Head Stylist at Graham and Brown

ADD OPULENCE TO A BATHROOM

Whilst these regal colours are perfect for creating comfort and luxury in a living room or bedroom, they’re also very well suited to bathroom designs. The richness of the tones lends itself perfectly to being a backdrop for silver or gold hardware often seen in bathroom fixtures. 

Paula Taylor, Head Stylist at Graham and Brown

SHOP THE LOOK BELOW…

Soho Home Vivienne Bed, from £2,206

Soho Home's ruby red bed will add drama to your sleeping space. We love it set against modern modular furniture - proving you can do rich, jewel tones in a more contemporary setting.


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