Embrace the trend: Winter jewel tones

Looking for new season inspiration? Go bold and introduce a rich and sophisticated palette, following our dos and don’ts of working this look into your home

While the term "jewel’ may evoke images of bright summer shades, this punchy look has been played down for the autumn-winter season and given a deluxe update.

Originally inspired by Moroccan and Eastern influences, the collection of colours has evolved over time and can now be introduced through deeper, warmer hues that will give your interior a sense of opulence and grandeur. Want to try this look in your own home but don’t know where to start? We’ve rounded up some of our top tips on how to make this exciting new trend work for you.


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Although this look might seem like a daunting change from safe neutrals, it’s easy to work in as much or as little as you feel comfortable with and even a few pieces in stand-out shades will have a big impact thanks to their rich colours.

Dark interiors have been a hot topic for several seasons now and there’s no better time of year to embrace this look than in the winter months when it can really make your home feel extra cosy and inviting. Deep wall colours are a good starting point to then layer up with jewel-inspired pieces; try colours like Little Greene’s Scree, a deep yet warm charcoal, or Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue for a grey-blue shade as a backdrop.

When it comes to deciding on which jewel tones to include in your decorating, there are plenty of inspiring palettes to choose from. Indigo blue is perhaps the biggest trend this season—continued on from its more summery counterpart, retailers have made this dark, rich shade a focal point in everything from sofas and armchairs to wallpapers and paint colours.


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Emerald green also takes centre stage as part of this luxurious winter trend or, for a subtler look, opt for a slightly more muted forest green. For a pop of brighter colour, add in hints of vibrant fuchsia, chartreuse and turquoise to stand out from the darker pieces and don’t be afraid of mixing and matching to really layer up the look.

Accessorising and styling any space is what will really bring your scheme together, so it’s important to consider these details even when buying bigger pieces of furniture at the start.

Jewel tones are really brought to life when paired with metallic touches, particularly gold and brass, as the reflective finish of a metallic helps to lighten up darker colours, as well as giving them a sophisticated and luxurious edge.

Pick out hints of gold in anything from lighting to soft furnishings depending on the type of look you want to create—even a simple gold-rimmed vase will tie in beautifully.

 

Go for gold


Jewel glass vases, from £21.50 each; hammered gold tray, £34, both Audenza

Complete your styling with small accessories such as candles, trays and vases.

These modern vessels combine jewel colours with a statement gold rim and can be used to display fresh of faux blooms as a finishing touch in any room.

Colour pop


Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson blue woven hem towel, from £10 for a hand towel; yellow jacquard towel, from £10 for a hand towel; Eden print soap dispenser, £18, all Debenhams

Freshen up your bathroom scheme by adding bold jewel coloured towels.

These vibrant shades will stand out against white or neutral tiles and give dull spaces a little wow-factor.

 

Bedroom bliss


Ceramic gold plates, from £9 each; Valentina velvet duvet set, from £34; velvet bedspread, from £65; lux chevron cushion, £14; midnight & copper sequin boudoir cushion, £10; pineapple foil cushion, £20; faux feather cushion, £10, all Dunelm

Jewel tones are perfect for giving your bedroom a boutique-inspired makeover; simply add a statement bedspread and a new grouping of cushions for a quick and budget-friendly update.

For a large-scale transformation, paint the walls in a deep blue for a soothing scheme.

 

Soft touch


Pink round pinwheel cushion, £5; cottage patchwork throw, £20; butterfly printed cushion, £5, all George Home

Accessorise your living room and bedroom with plenty of soft furnishings to introduce a range of textures and create a layered look.

This collection of cushions includes cottons and velvets with a pleated pinwheel design and a quilted throw for a cosy look.

 

Moody blues


Duresta Carnaby armchair in Harrow velvet navy, £1,249; Huxley ceiling light, £195; West Elm marble pedestal side table, £399; toucan print, £95, all John Lewis

Set a winter scene with a calming deep blue palette, keeping the look pared back with only gold as an accent colour to add warmth and an on-trend twist.

 

Green with envy


Haresfield large sofa in Designers Guild Varese Viridian green velvet, £2,241; Helmsley stool in Designers Guild Varese navy, £736, both Sofas & Stuff

Make a style statement with an emerald green sofa to give your living room a high-end feel.

This classic design features a plush velvet finish and a detailed button back for added opulence.

 

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