Let alluring jewel tones transform the home into a sophisticated and stylish space this autumn.
As the mood shifts with the season, it’s time to update the home with a twist - by embracing lush colours on a darker spectrum. This autumn, we take a look at how to introduce bold jewel tones into the home for character and cosiness. But first,...
Quite literally, they are the colours of jewels. The forest green of emeralds, ocean blue of sapphires and wine red of rubies are all jewel tones. We spoke to London-based designer duo Amy and Athina of Topology about how jewel tones add depth and flair to the home.
London based interior designers
Our designers at Topology are all huge fans of decorating with jewel tones, especially as we begin to enter autumn. These sort of warming hues are great for creating a space that’s atmospheric and cosy - exactly what you want as you gear up for colder months.
Additionally, jewel tones are the perfect way to add a hint of luxury into any space as when mixed with metallics (think brass, copper and chrome) as they emulate a real sense of richness.
Introducing jewel tones is the perfect way to update the home for autumn. Keep reading to see how you can test the style in your own home (experiment in a small space first), and get inspired by our round up of gorgeous jewel toned interiors.
Bold and dramatic, decorating with jewel tones can seem a little intimidating. The trick is to start small, with accessories that can easily be replaced. Try out your chosen jewel colours via little touches like pillows, artwork and lampshades. The scattered sapphire and emerald tones in this otherwise neutral living room complement each other while providing a striking burst of colour.
Take your jewel tone decor experiment to the next level by decking out a small part of the home - the entrance perhaps, or a cosy nook - in your chosen colour scheme. When building a palette, look to generators like this one from Canva to create your ideal tone palette. Be thorough with this small space, you want to be sure you love it before totally transforming a larger area in the home. Paint the walls in the exact colour you’re thinking of and decorate with the armchair, rug and plants you’ve been eyeing.
Think you’re ready to deck your home in jewel tones? Keep reading for some stylish ideas!
Relaxing and welcoming, a deep mauve bedroom is a respite for screen-tired eyes. Layer elegant jewel tones like sapphire blue, amethyst purple and morganite pink to evoke a deeply soothing atmosphere that still shines with major style points.
Use sensuous textures to create cosiness; velvet in particular gives off a luxurious look and feel, and is a dreamy material that fits the season. A black velvet bed, for instance, acts as a sophisticated neutral that anchors the room while making those jewel tones stand out. To balance this blend of strong colours, add softness with delicate floral artwork, a plush rug or fresh flowers. Little glimmers from metallic accents also help lighten things up while upping the elegance factor.
Introduce modern vibes into a living room via a vivid combination of a citrine yellow feature wall and a black leather sofa. With colours as striking as these, it’s best to keep to a fairly limited colour palette. Dark mossy green is used to soften the look and complement leafy plants that bring warmth to the room.
Keep the rest of the furniture simple with clean lines to balance the dynamic ambience. Adding small bursts of the same yellow tone around the room similarly helps with symmetry and coherence. For more ideas, check out these 8 chic ways to decorate with yellow.
This ruby red masterpiece of a kitchen is a sight to behold, isn’t it? Maintain the same daring red tone throughout the space for a clean and modern look. The glossy finish of the red cabinets also helps bounce light around for a brighter feel, subsequently making the room seem larger.
Because ruby red is an intense and passionate colour, refrain from adding any other bold hues to this space. Instead, match with white walls and silver or black accessories to preserve the elegant design flow.
Of course, there’s also a softer side of jewel tones in the home - it’s not all about vivid, eye-catching colours. If you’re looking for an equally soothing effect, opt for cool blues and calming greens to counterbalance those cold, dark days.
An olive green wall is the perfect antidote to chilly weather, and blends right in with wooden tones and shiny accents. With a classic grey sofa in place to anchor the room, this look can easily be switched up with a new wash of paint when the seasons change.
Ever chic, pink is the colour of prettiness, romance and sweetness. As a seasonal take on the tender colour, paint the walls a darker shade of pink for a moody edge. Metallic elements keep things light and elegant while a grey sofa adds sophistication and a hint of masculinity. Introduce soft textures with faux fur pillows, a warm throw, or fresh flowers and light some candles for extra cosiness.