Photo Gallery: Rooms With Jewel Tones
Dare to decorate with blues, greens and reds.
Create an eye-catching focal point.
This understated foyer comes alive thanks to a brilliantly painted portal. A credenza, coat rack and a shapely pendant marry form and function.
Give the illusion of a large wall by camouflaging a door.
Move away from the expected gallery-white art wall and saturate a single wall, including any doors and trim, in a bold, can’t-be-missed colour, like this cobalt blue. Carry the display across by painting out a door for a hidden-passage feel. A canary yellow settee cranks up the contrast and also draws attention away from the door.
Look to nuanced shades of primary colours for a vivid, yet grownup look.
Historic blue walls look especially stately when blocked out with panel mouldings, and they balance the wow factor of a terracotta ceiling. Place an eye-catching sofa against a wall painted a similar tone so it blends in and feels inviting, not overbearing. Introduce playful patterns with saffron-yellow accents, then offer breathing space with neutral pieces like a jute rug and a polished wood table.
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Use bold colours for a room infused with attitude.
For a space that truly dazzles, choose a sofa in a pattern packed with personality. For more punch, a splashy wall colour, like this dark fuchsia hue, is a bold statement that is sure to make the room memorable. Accents in similar jewel tones — such as the purple velvet pillow and sapphire rug — complement the strong paint colour.
Add personality to a room with jewel tones and accent pieces.
The intense colours of the walls and bookcase backing are set off by crisp white trim and shelving. The scale and size of the bookshelves offer plenty of storage for office items, and also add character to the large space.
Balance nearly-black walls with bright accents.
This dramatic living space follows 2010’s top trends with its dark walls, moulding and fireplace, and pops of bright colours. White piping on the electric blue chairs and lattice-print carpet give the inviting space an eclectic feel.
Play it safe by leaving walls neutral and experimenting with colourful furnishings instead.
Bold colour separates the main-floor study from the 2012 Princess Margaret Showhome‘s overall neutral palette. Pillows in a mix of ikat silks decorate a blue linen sectional from Crate & Barrel.
Create a cosy vibe by piling throw pillows in botanical prints and rich jewel-toned colours onto a solid sofa.
Avoid being too matchy-matchy: mixing motifs in a range of shades looks extra lush. Continue the warming trend by covering bare floors with a thick wool rug in a cranberry hue; flip it over for a vintage needlepoint look or place it plush side up for a luxe feel underfoot.
Set a dramatic tone with lacquered walls.
In designer Colette van den Thillart’s London home, a custom-made amoeba-shaped table with a dragged gesso finish complements the sofa and chairs, and accommodates the seating arrangement. “I’m a devotee to organic shapes. They can be more forgiving in space planning,” she says. An affordable rug adds bold pattern to the room.
Leave walls white and paint a door in a daring hue.
A classic style living room — with white walls, moulding and an on-trend navy blue door — is given a relaxed spin with a chintz-covered sofa and a dramatic art installation. H&H loves this “traditional remix”, and named this room the look of the year for 2010. To introduce a bold colour to an otherwise white room, try painting a door to bring in a nautical colour scheme without the dramatic effect of painting all four walls.
Paint out picture ledges with your wall colour so artwork pops.
In CEO Piero Bisazza’s home in the historic city centre of Alte Vicenza, Italy, a private gallery showcases collection of photographs by legendary talents such as Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe. A hide rug and Wassily chairs by Marcel Breuer balance the chandelier from Bisazza’s home collection.
Transform a reading corner with pops of dark jewel tones — perfect for a library.
Red wingback chairs that interior designer Theresa Casey picked up in New York offer a complementary contrast to the millwork.
Delineate an office area with a portable screen.
“Screens are under used and add great dimension to any room,” says New York designer Miles Redd. “They are like decorative architecture.” Redd painted this English breakfast table in faux lime tortoise, one of his favourite trademarks. Hang art at seated eye level in a reading spot like this.
Pair dark walls with wide crown moulding in a crisp white.
In Michael Angus‘ Toronto apartment, a rich green hue covers the walls for a masculine, luxurious look. A ceiling-height gallery wall — including paintings by Angus’s nieces — helps break up the dark colour. In keeping with the rest of his home, the room is decorated with an old world aesthetic, featuring an antique wood desk with worn leather chair.
Paint panel moulding the same colour as walls for a dramatic effect.
A table laden with textures, colours and patterns is the perfect spot for a flavourful meal. Monochromatic decor enveloped in the room’s deep blue hue makes a bold statement and lets the natural colours of your food take centre stage.
Consider a ceiling covered in silver wallpaper to reflect light in dark-walled room.
Homeowner Victoria Webster had the walls of her dining room professionally painted in a high-gloss orange paint. It took 12 coats of paint and two coats of glaze to achieve the sheen!
Keep a bedroom cosy with dark walls.
Embellish a simple pillow by stitching a wool braid into a stylized monogram or trim a casual linen throw with cashmere embroidery for a custom look. Tailored wool drapes and an upholstered headboard mimic dapper men’s suiting, grounding the bedroom’s saturated teal walls.
Bring out the colour of a bright green bedroom door with complementary bedding.
Graphic bedding and velvet pillows in rich jewel tones liven up the principal bedroom. Homeowner Trish Magwood slipcovered an old side table in white cotton to hide its flaws.