Embrace Regal Upholstery
Take a daring approach to decorating with a jewel-toned piece of upholstery such as a sofa, bench, or stool. A hue like deep imperial navy can not only stand up to wear, it looks especially stunning when paired with neutrals.
Tip: Nothing beats velvet for giving gemstone hues that extra luster. Just be sure to carefully vacuum up dust and fuzz from time to time to retain that sheen.
Try Gemstone Accessories
Not ready to take the upholstery plunge when it comes to jewel tones? Inexpensive and low commitment accessories such as table lamps or pillows can make a world of difference when placed on or around a neutral sofa. Just be warned – they’re likely to steal the show.
Tip: It’s generally best to work in pairs, so that the eye is drawn to the area where your jewel-toned beauties are placed rather than to a single object.
Combine Rich Colors
The wonderful thing about these regal hues is that they actually complement one another well, so there’s no need to choose between a sapphire blue piece and an eye-catching fuschia one. Together, they can create a little jewel box of a room.
Tip: Don’t overlook curtains as an opportunity to embrace your favorite audacious color. Remember, there’s no rule that says they have to match.
Make a Corner Sparkle
Figuring out how to enliven a lackluster corner is a common decorating dilemma. While any brightly colored piece could do the trick, jewel tones carry with them a certain tasteful elegance that’s less jarring than primary colors.
Tip: Classic shapes, like a Louis XV chair or bench, look so right now when dressed in a jewel tone.