Talking through the trend, two local interior designers unpack how ruby red, emerald green and sapphire blue can add instant richness to a room, and how to perfect the look
Thanks to their natural beauty and rarity, gemstones have long been desired by those wishing to adorn their hands, wrists, necklines and so on. And for those who love the rich colours of sapphires, emeralds and rubies, they can now adorn their home in the vivid hues.
“Bringing the vibrant and energetic colours of gemstones into the home is exciting – you can use up to three strong colours in this look without it feeling over the top,” says Abu Dhabi based interior designer Kat Wightman, of Katherine Clare Interiors.
Hone in on any jewel colours you may already have in the home, such as a piece of art or an ornament, and use this as your starting point. “For a dramatic look, opt for two jewel tones together,” advises Mei AlHakim, interior designer for IDdesign, Chattels & More and KARE. “Simply soften with neutrals if you prefer it to be more subtle, or team with black and white to create a more unique look.”
Team jewel tones with metallics. “The shine from the metal will really make the colours pop,” says Kat.
Work the palette
“Jewel tones also work especially well with an analogue colour scheme (using three shades next to each other from the colour wheel),” says Kat. “For example, you could try a fabulous dark navy on the walls teamed with teal velvet sofas and green glass accessories, all set off with gold – the shine from the metal will make the colours pop.”
Choose your materials wisely
“Jewel colours are great teamed with another very on trend material: velvet,” says Kat. “The combination exudes luxury, with the slight shimmer of the velvet enhancing the beauty.”
“If you’re only looking to use one jewel tone piece, a sofa or armchair is bold enough to become a focal point and will sit comfortably within a neutral scheme,” says Kat.
On a budget?
While jewel tones are often seen in swathes, little touches can go a long way. Bringing in some choice textiles, such as throws and cushions can make even the blandest sitting room sing, as can a wash of wall paint.
After more inspiration for adding a new hue into your home? Here’s our guide to making muted pink your new neutral and why blue is a surprisingly versatile shade.