Emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red—jewel tones have a depth as rich as the stones from which they take their cue. “The energy of these colors—in all of their saturated glory—is recalibrating the palettes for interiors, replacing the ‘greige,’ milky, and muted tones of the past few years,” says Jane Landino, creative head of London-based Taylor Howes Designs.
“More homeowners and designers are taking risks and experimenting with color,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at paint company Sherwin-Williams. “Color palettes are evolving to include a wider variety of hues.”
Glamour, drama, and dimension—jewel tones have myriad effects, Landino says. They “add a feeling of luxuriousness in a scheme, be it a rich burgundy velvet-lined cinema room or a teal blue wool blanket, making it feel cozy and intimate,” she says. “Jewel-toned interiors just feel more interesting.”
If you’re nervous about strong colors overwhelming a space, simply adding small touches—a sofa or accent chair, a table lamp, sofa cushions, or vases in jewel tones, offset with artwork in similar hues to tie it all together—can lend a pop of color and personality into a more neutral space, Landino says.
“Velvets and satins translate beautifully in jewel tones because of the sheen and richness of the fabric—and woven patterns also help to create a timeless feel,” says New Jersey-based interior designer Karen B. Wolf. “Deep navy hues are a new neutral, so upholstering a large sofa in a jewel tone like navy is a safe way to create a base to pop other accents off of and to ground the room.”
In the same respect, if you just can’t dedicate all walls to a bold tone, opt for an accent wall, paint kitchen cabinets or islands, window shutters, or the front door, Wadden says. Or, incorporate touches like throw pillows, blankets, and rugs that you can easily switch out.