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Color Guide: Designer Tips for Decorating With Jewel Tones

If you’re one of those people who prefers big washes of color to an all-neutral room with neutral paint colors, you might want to check out jewel tones. Jewel-toned colors are deeply saturated hues that tend to be named after gemstones. Think: emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow. Gold—as a color and a finish—can also fall into this color family and complements jewel tones beautifully. In interior design, these colors add richness to your space.

What Decor Style Goes Best With Jewel Tones?

Many people may associate jewel tones with a specific design style—say, glam or transitional. But they’re actually much more free-flowing and multifaceted than that. You can take them in a lot of different directions and use them with many different design styles, as well as with other color families.

How Do I Decorate With Jewel Tones?

When decorating with jewel tones, it’s important to decide on a base color to help ground the space, then work around that color with accents of jewel tones. Consider finishes, fabrics, and tones within the space to help guide your use of jewel tone colors. For example, if you’re going for a warmer palette, try incorporating more yellows, golds, and reds, along with gold or brass finishes. For a cooler palette, opt for emerald greens or sapphire blues, with silver finishes.

Tips For Designing With Jewel Tone Decor

There are so many different ways you can decorate with jewel tones in your home—though fall and winter are actually a great time to try them out, as their saturated tones really suit the colder seasons. (But don’t worry, they work in your home year-round!) Keep reading for some stunning jewel tone color scheme design ideas, along with our best tips on the many ways you can decorate with jewel tones.

Jewel tone decor1. Go High-Contrast

If you love bold colored rooms, go high-contrast with a mix of jewel tones. Mustard and amethyst make for a perfect color combination that also creates a lot of contrast in the space (as evidenced by this wall and sofa combo). The addition of the rug adds playful vibrance to what might otherwise be a very stately space.

This is not a subtle look; rather, this room is a great example of a whole room being saturated in jewel tones—from the wall to the sofa and rug. It’s definitely a more maximalist approach to the application of jewel tones in color.

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Jewel tone decor2. Make A Statement

You don’t have to paint your whole room in order to incorporate jewel tones. In fact, even a single pop of a jewel tone in an otherwise neutral space can make a major style statement. Jewel toned decor or accent furniture—like pillows, ottomans, wall art, and tabletop decor—are a great way to bring in those colors. This room displays that more subtle take on jewel tones, with just one big pop that is echoed in other small moments throughout the space. This subtle decor supplements the main piece of the room, the ottoman. (Check out our guide to decorating with white for more ways to bring this type of look to life.)

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Jewel tone decor3. Tone It Down

Another way to bring jewel tone interiors to life? Go more subtle in jewel tones with toned down shades like pale reds and greens. However, it’s important to still use a bold jewel tone on the wall or through a sofa or rug to help ground the look. Without this high-contrast, darker element, the toned down jewel tones can easily take on a pastel look, which would really change the vibe. But against a rich, intense jewel tone—like with the wall above—the colors read more like jewel tones. Textures also help the toned down shades read more jewel tones. The velvet materials give off a more luxe vibe, which aligns with jewel tones. On the other hand, if the furniture were in a cotton weave or linen, the colors would read a bit differently.

Overall, this is a great approach for someone who’s on the fence about jewel tones, or even someone who likes pastels or lighter, earthier colors, but wants to glam it up a bit with some high contrast and golds.

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Jewel tone decor4. Embrace Repetition

Drive home your bold color scheme through repetition of jewel tones. In this room, we used a deep ruby red paint color, and repeated that in accents throughout the space—both in the rug and the wall baskets. This creates a compositional repetition of colors. This is a great way to approach a more eclectic take on jewel tones (proof that this color scheme doesn’t always have to be paired with glam or transitional styles). Here, the deep red tones rule the look and pairs beautifully with rustic wood tones and natural materials. When applying jewel tones to an eclectic style, grounding it in the natural materials of the space helps balance out the look.

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Jewel tone decor5. Make Sure Metals Are in the Same Color Family

Metallic finishes are a perfect pairing to a more glam take on jewel tones. However, when using metallic finishes, make sure your metals are all in the same family, or at least complementary. In this room, you’ll notice gold finishes throughout, and they all have the same color tone and finish to them. (They’re matte gold, rather than ultra shiny. You can go either way, but you just want those finishes to be uniform throughout a space.) However, you’ll also notice a pair of black iron side tables in the corner—proof that you certainly can mix metals. You just want to make sure there is a dominant metal in the space, like gold is here.

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Jewel tone decor6. Mix Up Your Textures

When decorating with jewel tones, you can have a lot of fun mixing textures within your space. Consider throw pillows: you could choose a chunky knit pillow, next to a velvet pillow of the same color—but the different materials and textures add a ton of depth to the look. Another texture to mix into the look? Leather. It makes a perfect backdrop for these vibrant, saturated hues while also adding organic warmth, which is where jewel tones thrive.

This room portrays another eclectic approach to jewel tones. This room is earthy and natural—in fact, earth tones have the main stage in this look, while jewel tones are more supportive. Just remember: when mixing textures and colors, just make sure the colors you’re using are either the same shade or color family, so they’re complementary rather than competing for attention.

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Color Coordinated: The Best Color Schemes for Home Offices

We’ve all had those days in the past couple of months—feeling endlessly distracted and having an impossible time concentrating. The deadlines don’t stop, but it feels like our focus has all but disappeared! Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. We all have those struggle days!

Did you know that color can actually play a huge role in productivity? So, when thinking of home office design ideas, it’s important to not just consider the furniture but also your office paint colors!

There are so many routes you can go with home office color schemes that will help inspire productivity. So, we’ve rounded up our 11 best home office color schemes that will get you inspired, motivated, and ready to tackle any deadline that comes your way. Keep reading to discover the best home office colors for productivity! (As a bonus, they may also give you some fun home office layout ideas!)

Green and Gold

Green is the easiest color on the eye—so it’s good for those who work long hours! It’s a color of balance, harmony, nature, and restoration. And who doesn’t need a little more of all that in their work life?? This soothing color is great for adding a natural, organic feel to your home office. And pairing it with gold, like in the office pictured above, adds fun, glam contrast to an otherwise organic office space.

How to incorporate green into your home office:

In terms of office paint colors, a soft green is one of the best office colors. So, paint the walls a soothing shade of green, and then don’t be afraid to add a monochromatic element by going for a green office chair or other piece of furniture. Add artwork, decor, or office accessories with pops of green. Perhaps opt for an area rug that features green in the color scheme. And, of course, add in some natural greenery with plants! Remember, green pairs well with natural wood tones and other earth tones, so for desks or shelving, opt for wood pieces.

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Breezy Blue

Blue is the color of intelligence, trust, logic, communication, and efficiency. So, it’s a really great color for an office space where constant focus is needed! The light blue shade pictured above is inspired by water and is super soothing—perfect for a home office. But there are so many shades of blue you can incorporate into your space! We’d just recommend avoiding cobalt or super saturated blues which can be straining to the eye, especially when looking at a screen.

How to incorporate blue into your home office:

Breezy blues pair really well with neutrals and whites, as well as wood tones—making it another one of the best office colors out there. Consider painting all the walls a pale blue to set the tone. It’s not an overpowering color, so good for an all-over wall color versus an accent wall. Then, add blue artwork, a rug with varied shades of blue, along with blue and white decor on your bookcase.

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Dark & Moody

Greys and black are serious, creating a sense of both studiousness and drama. While a color scheme of greys and blacks is rather dark and moody, it’s actually a great palette for offices where serious work takes place and you’re handling important matters!

How to incorporate dark and moody colors into your home office:

Grey and black offices can look very sleek and masculine—so they’re great for those with minimalist and modern styles, who appreciate a dose of drama. To begin with, make sure you vary the shades of grey used to create a sense of nuanced depth in the space. Grey and black need balance, otherwise you’ll create a home office that feels depressing and dull. So, add pops of white, metallic finishes, and wood for contrast. And make sure you allow plenty of natural light in your office space, along with a few plants to add a lively pop of greenery.

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Preppy Peach

Hues of pink—like a preppy peach, soft blush, or rose petal—encourage feelings of positivity and whimsy. They give off youthful and energetic vibes. This color family can evoke happiness in a space—making it great for the home office of those who do creative work.

How to incorporate peach into your home office:

A pink color palette is great for glam, mid-century, and eclectic spaces. The key to pink is using different hues of pink throughout the space to create more depth—like a mix of peach or coral with blush or millennial pink. Accent shades of pink with neutrals (especially bright whites), along with furniture that has a lighter, airier feeling. So, no dense, heavy furniture here! Pink is feminine in nature, so add florals and softer decorative elements to compliment a pink home office.

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High Contrast Black & White

Black is a color of power and formality. White embodies simplicity and light. Together? They create a look of sophistication, style, and drama. A black and white color scheme is great for a simple office with a clean aesthetic.

How to incorporate a black and white color scheme into your home office:

A black and white palette can really be used in any style of home office, and there are many ways to bring this color scheme to life. Above, we paired white furniture against a black wall—but you could also do black furniture against a white wall. Either way, it’s a wonderfully high-contrast look. (However, if you go for a black wall, consider simply doing it as an accent wall rather than painting the whole room black!) And make sure you include black and white patterns and decorative objects in the decor as well. Then, add pops of greenery to break up the monotony of a black and white palette and to add a bit of warmth to the space.

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Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals have a naturally calming effect. And opting for neutrals with a light yellow undertone helps promote feelings of joy, warmth, and energy. We’d say those are pretty good qualities to encourage in a work environment, don’t you think? This color palette is great for quiet work where serene solitude is key.

How to incorporate warm neutrals into your home office:

A warm neutral color scheme is ideal for a minimal home office, where you want to add a touch of warmth to minimalist style. We recommend using neutral and warm materials—like birch wood, teak, honey-colored woods, and warm metals like brass and brushed bronze. Avoid harsh contrast and make sure to take advantage of natural light in your office space. With a minimalist space, it’s important to layer in textures for visual interest—like the soft, textural rug pictured above.

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Cozy Brown

Brown is a color of simplicity, trustworthiness, warmth, and earthiness. It’s a great color palette for creating a cozy space to work. It makes your home office feel grounded and secure, so you can simply focus on getting work done.

How to incorporate cozy browns into your home office:

Cozy browns are good for rustic and traditional spaces. When going for this color scheme, incorporate lots of warm woods, leather, and earthy decor. The key is to vary the brown tones—incorporating taupes, whites, dark browns, and camel browns to avoid flatness. Adding plants to a home office like this will add that complimentary pop of natural color that goes perfectly with browns. And artwork with blues and greens also help liven up the space. In addition, warm metals—like the brass lamp pictured above—complement a color palette of cozy browns.

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Earthy Green

Earthy green is a color of hope, growth, freshness, and prosperity. Sound like characteristics you’d like to incorporate into your outlook on work?? This is a great color scheme for a home office where you want to create a sense of calm but also have serious work to get done. It’s easy on the eye, and—bonus—it also creates a great backdrop for meditation and conversation.

How to incorporate earthy greens into your home office:

Earthy green is a good color for home offices with rustic, transitional, or traditional styles. This shade of green looks good with natural, rustic wood finishes and neturals. Go for an earthy green wall—then keep the rest of your space simple. Or, if you like more color, pair it with complementary colors like yellow and different shades of green.

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Sea Foam

What do you get when you mix light blue and green? Sea foam—a charming, lighthearted color. This ocean-inspired color is easy on the eye and adds a peaceful and cheery vibe to your home office. It evokes feelings of being at the beach or on the coast, which might just put you in a headspace to focus so you can chill out and relax after work! Looking for small home office design ideas? Seafoam is a perfect subtle accent color for marking off a small space for a home office within a larger room!

How to incorporate seafoam into your home office:

Seafoam is a great color for coastal and transitional spaces, since it innately has that beachy vibe. Paint an accent wall seafoam, then pair it with neutrals and other shades of blues and greens. Natural materials, like rattan, go really well with this color as well. Keep the overall palette muted and low-contrast though—otherwise the seafoam color might start to fade out and lose its impact!

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Jewel Tones

Jewel tones are richly saturated hues. Think: sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow, and emerald green. They’re colors that evoke energy, power, and fun. A mix of jewel tones are great for bold personalities who exude a lot of energy when working. Too many of these colors can be a lot on the eye though, making it hard to focus—so don’t overdo it for a home office!

How to incorporate jewel tones into your home office:

This color scheme works great with glam, transitional, and eclectic styles. Rather than painting your walls a bold color, add pops of jewel tones in the decor, curtains, rug, and furniture instead. Balance out the jewel tones with neutrals and greys, along with woods and metals, for a cohesive look.

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Dark Blue

Dark blue is a peaceful and imaginative color that can help reduce stress. It can also be seen as secure and serious, making it a great color for focus and serious work. But, at the same time, it has a calming effect that balances out the serious side.

How to incorporate dark blue into your home office:

We love the idea of a dark blue wall in a home office; in our opinion it’s another one of the best office colors out there, and goes with just about any style. Just make sure you balance it out with neutrals—like white, black, and grey—and don’t overload your space with other colors. But you could add variations of other shades of blue in the art and decor, along with pops of white and greenery. Dark blue is a muted but dark color, so make sure you add lots of light to your home office to balance it out—both ambient and natural.

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5 Holiday Color Palettes We Love (That aren’t red and green)

unique holiday decor ideasThe holiday season is upon us! If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out the festive holiday decor — and feel free to get as *extra* as you like! The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are the one time that it’s completely acceptable to layer on the glitz and glam and get cheesy festive. So we say embrace the season!

However, this year we’re shaking things up a bit. Rather than sticking with the typical reds and greens for Christmas or blues and whites for Hanukkah, we’re playing with some unexpected—but equally festive—color combos.

Want to join the fun? Keep reading for five unique and unexpected color palettes to inspire your holiday decorating.

holiday decorating1. Blush, Blue, and Gold

Blue and white is the classic color combo for Hanukkah. We wanted to warm up the palette by subbing out white for blush and gold. It still feels festive and seasonal but has a warmer and more inviting feeling while offering an unexpected twist.

Why We Love It

Gold is endlessly festive and celebratory, and the combo of blue and blush has a cozy flair. But we really love that this is a color combo that can be embraced year-round. All you have to do is add a Christmas tree, a menorah, or a few festive accents to make this color combo holiday-ready.

It’s perfect for…

Glam or classic interiors. However, if you celebrate Christmas you can even pair it with a white tree to embrace a super mod look.

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boho holiday decor2. Sage with Natural Textures

We love the idea of taking the traditional green of the holidays and diluting it down to a subtle sage. Then, pile on the natural textures! For this look, you’ll want to keep the rest of your decor in a more neutral palette so that the patterns and textures can shine.

Why We Love It

You may not think of natural textures when you think of the holidays. But they have an inherently cozy vibe, making them a perfect thing to focus in on during the holidays. When paired with sage—which is not only a lovely shade of green but an herb we love using for cooking this time of year—you have a look that feels festive and welcoming.

It’s perfect for…

Those who love a boho look year-round and don’t want to give it up for the holidays. Minimalists will also enjoy this muted and subtle holiday style.

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unique holiday decor3. Jewel Tones with Silver

This color palette is the boldest of our looks. Not only are we leaning into the festive glam of silver, but we’re turning things up a notch with the jewel tones. (Just look at those dining chairs!!)

Why We Love It

Jewel tones have a rich, luxurious feel, which is quite appropriate this time of year. Why not fully embrace the glamour of the season? Paired with silver, it takes on a playful vibe and ups the festive factor to an over-the-top level—in the best possible way.

It’s perfect for…

Classic mid-century modern lovers who want a bold and bright look. It’s also great for those who want to extend the festive spirit well into January to keep the winter blues at bay! Ah, the joys of an artificial tree…

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holiday decor ideas4. Blue, Cream, and Gold

Here’s another twist on the classic blue and white combo that’s full of winter magic. Cream lends a warmer vibe that plays extra nice with gold accents. Don’t you just want to move into this space? We went for a glamorous look here—with velvets, gold accents, and a plush sheepskin throw. Because luxe textures and materials mean an extra dose of cozy!

Why We Love It

There’s a sophisticated and chic feeling about this holiday decor color palette, but it also manages to be quite warm and inviting. We can see ourselves hosting holiday cocktail parties in this space, then turning around and snuggling up with hot cocoa and a cheesy holiday movie without skipping a beat.

It’s perfect for…

Those who appreciate a minimal, sophisticated approach to holiday decor.

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holiday color palettes5. High-Contrast Black and Gray

This is a high-contrast look that plays with patterns and textures. The many textural elements in this look add a warmth to this space that makes it extra inviting. And adding a big garland gives you some of that traditional holiday decor cheer!

Why We Love It

It’s the plush layers that make this style work and give it that cozy holiday vibe. (The pouf! The pillows! The leather chair!) This look also relies on a playful mix of patterns—from plaid to stripes and polka dots. We love that a neutral color palette allows us to embrace this mix of patterns. What results is a modern farmhouse vibe that we’re pretty sure Joanna Gaines would be proud of.

It’s perfect for…

People who love rustic and traditional styles that are approachable and cozy.

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