Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Jewel Tones Simplified

When you hear the term "jewel tones", it's easy to think gold, silver, bronze which are the more common ones.  There are actually more jewel tones than most of us are aware of, and we could even be using them in our decor without realizing it! Ruby, amethyst, sapphire, topaz and jewelled blitz. Also, teal, peacock blue and fuchsia are other jewel-influenced hues.

Now let's take a look at each of them.

Ruby from the same family as the common red is a vibrant hue. The trick with ruby is to use it subtly so that less is always more!   In the bedroom below, the duvet and bouquet of flowers instantly brighten up the room.

Ruby is a very good coulour to use as accent.  Notice how in the picture below, the chairs and mirror contrast sharply with the rest of the room.

red chairs next to a white table

Below ruby accents on the wall hangings, duvet, ottoman and headboard blend in whilst at the same time providing a sharp contrast with the deep blue wall.

Jewelled Blitz

Chandeliers, light fixtures, mirrors, picture frames, door and drawer knobs also make for exciting sources of jewel tones in decor.  In the picture below, the mirrored chandelier and wardrobe knobs add some glitz to the otherwise plain room.

Also the mirrored chandelier in the image below matches the table stand, together throwing in a silver touch into the general look and feel of the room.

The elaborate crystal chandelier below does wonders for the room.  Also the silver picture frames on the wall.

I really like the image below where the mirrored drawers and mirrored framed mirrors totally blend in with the grey marble.


Silver and gold don't always have to be regal and grand.  In the image below, notice the containers on the shelf and the dangling lamp.


Throw in a gold accent such as the lamp with the elaborately designed stand in the image below


Another view of the room above is seen below.

Below is a blend of amethyst and jewelled blitz

(Pictures from House Beautiful)

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