Words by Melissa McGavock


Jewel tones, last popular in the mid-nineties, are making a comeback in a big way. Included are rich tones like sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow and emerald green. The foundation of this trend is built on high contrast. Whether you pair it with neutrals like white or black, or layer in additional complimentary jewel tones. This a trend that is bright and when it’s played right, adds a touch of sophistication to any space.

Consider the regal effect that jewel tone colors can have when paired with an equally interesting texture. A styled armchair in plush velvet is the perfect canvas for a jewel tone. Lush curtains and thick rugs also welcome luxurious colors. As well, unnecessary necessities like plush pillows and large throws are exactly the kind of deluxe item where jewel tones should be presented.

Even wallpaper (also making a huge comeback) is a great way to play with bold colors and patterns. Check out designers on Etsy that offer removable, no harm adhesive options and quickly dress up an accent wall fit for a queen.

For fear of seeming too ostentatious, choose an interior style that has clean lines. Mid-century modern furnishings and accessories lend themselves really well to a jewel tone palette. These bold tones also work well when paired with more natural elements like wood, plants, and large windows showcasing well-appointed landscaping. Blending metal finishes such as polished brass and brushed gold add sparkle that brings the whole look together.

Don’t live in Versaille? Don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Modern families want something that is practical and functional, as well as trendy. Soft pillows, large blankets, and luxurious fabrics like chenille, satin and velvet are as fun to lay on as they are to look at.

Another interesting trend, black painted fireplaces and built-ins against light walls, offers a bold and basic palette that tastefully incorporates jewel tones. Accessories and wall hangings will set the scene in a big way on this kind of backdrop. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with pairing bold colors and patterns together.

So get out there, be bold and be fab!