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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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Stylist Picks: The Best Budget-Friendly Home Office Chairs

So, you’ve been working from home for months now—with no change in sight. Hopefully by now you’ve invested in a real desk instead of just working from your dining room table and sofa! (If not, check out our stylist’s picks of best home office desks.) But now it might be time to get some other home office furniture—like a real office chair to go with your desk.

A dedicated office chair is actually one of our top working from home tips, since it helps your workspace be more ergonomic and aids in creating a distinct workspace within your home.

However, a quick internet search will show you that desk chairs can be astronomically expensive! But when looking for home office design ideas, just remember that a good-looking and comfortable desk chair doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, our stylists rounded up their favorite budget-friendly desk chairs.

Keep reading for the best home office chairs in the Modsy catalogue for those on a budget!

Adjustable Desk Chair, Cooper Furniture

This desk chair is comfortable and practical in style. It’s more of the traditional corporate office chair style, and it definitely values comfort and ergonomics over style. But, with that, it’s great for anyone who sits at a desk for long bouts of time. Its multi-channel seat back and gently molded seat offer lower back lumbar support, and cushioned arm rests mean comfort while typing all day long!

Why We Love It:

We love how this brown leather chair feels timeless and traditional—but that it’s also super comfortable. Plus, it’s on wheels for easy mobility around your office and offers adjustable seat height for customization.

The Price: $269

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Lewiston Office Chair, Ciro Modern

This modern office chair is lightweight and stylish. With a cushioned seat, adjustable seat height, and cater wheels, it has everything you need in budget desk chairs. And with its simple and streamlined style, it’s great for industrial and modern spaces.

Why We Love It:

This is a great style of chair for small home offices, since it has a smaller frame and is visually less heavy than other styles. Plus, though it has a fairly simple design, it’s definitely still on-trend—a reminder that practicality and style aren’t mutually exclusive!

The Price: $259

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Tufted Office Chair, Ciro Modern

Want to add a bit of personality to your home office, while still focusing on comfort? Try this fun and comfy office chair with pinkish-red tufted upholstery. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also has that element of practicality. This is a fun style for those who have a glam home office—the best office chair in our catalogue for a glam look on a budget!

Why We Love It:

When thinking through the best color schemes for home offices, this chair is a great way to add a pop of color to your home office while maintaining a sophisticated vibe. And we love that it’s so plush and comfortable for long work days!

The Price: $209

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Barry Armchair, Ciro Modern

For a more sophisticated look, opt for a stationary desk chair (aka no wheels). This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a dining room chair though. This cheap desk chair has a deep and cozy frame that allows you to really sink into it and focus on work.

Why We Love It:

We love the light brown faux leather upholstery paired with sculptural legs. It creates a sleek and modern look that would fit into many different office styles.

The Price: $199

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Channel Desk Chair, Ciro Modern

The ribbed, cushioned seat and back of this office chair create a very sleek and modern look, indeed. As does the white faux leather finish. But this chair isn’t just about the good looks. With adjustable seat height and caster wheels, it also offers customization for optimal comfort.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the classiest and best office chairs in the bunch. We love the shape of this chair, with its sloped arm rests. It has a modern but neutral look, that would be at home in any transitional, modern, or minimalist office.

The Price: $229

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Pinecrest Office Chair, Skylr

This office chair offers a unique take on the traditional caster wheel desk chair. Inspired by Scandinavian style, with an industrial flair, its sleek form—with a low back and deep seat—make all-day sitting more comfortable.

Why We Love It:

The creamy upholstery in faux leather is so easy to clean—so no need to worry about coffee spills! And we love the brass base and cladding on the side, which gives this chair a trendy look with a touch of glam!

The Price: $339

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Alanya Bungie Office Chair, Luna Modern

This funky modern desk chair feels lightweight with its bungie seating and backing—and offers natural ventilation for hot summer days! Adjustable seat height and caster wheels allow for customization and mobility. And, since it doesn’t have arms, you can push it fully under the desk when not in use—a great space-saver for small home office designs!

Why We Love It:

We love the simple but comfy design of this office chair. And it comes in four mod colors so you can personalize the style to your space.

The Price: $249

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Venice Studio Task Chair, CB2

This elegant and minimal stationary task chair is shaped somewhat like a dining chair, but offers significantly more cushion and lower back lumbar support. The low, sloping arms also give support and comfort while working, and the tapered legs give it that mid-century modern vibe.

Why We Love It:

This is one of the best office chairs out there if you have an eye for style and for your budget. Because of its style, this faux leather chair is both chic and super versatile. It’s perfect for a desk, but can also be pulled into your living room or dining room when you need extra seating.

The Price: $299

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Homestead Office Chair, Skylr

Black and gold are a classic combo. But that’s only one of the reasons this sleek desk chair is so great. With a compact design, caster wheels, and a black faux leather finish, it’s a statement piece while still being functional.

Why We Love It:

This chair has a sense of glamour to it. We love its streamlined frame that gives a sleek look to any modern or glam home office.

The Price: $319

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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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