Decorating with jewel tones

Decorating with jewel tones

8th May 2017

Join the rich list with home décor straight out of the jewellery box.

Pastels and neutrals will always occupy a space in our decorating hearts – who doesn’t love that pared-back, clean, classic look – but sometimes we just want more. More colour, more vibrancy, more pop! Well, luckily for those of us with colour cravings, one of 2017’s key décor trends is jewel tones. Emeralds, rubies, sapphires and amethysts have vacated the jewellery box and taken up residence in our homes… and we love it! Here’s how to make these rich shades work for you.

Emerald green

Green is MASSIVE in 2017, especially since Pantone declared Greenery their colour of the year (for this and more hot colour trends, check out our recent blog). But for those in the know (which includes you now!) the only shade of green in which to be seen this summer is emerald. Décor aficionados Apartment Therapy call it the ‘new navy’ because, like its dark blue counterpart, it’s a versatile shade, pairing wonderfully with neutrals such as black or white while being strong enough to stand up to other vibrant shades such as yellow and pink.

Top tip Keep the green theme going in your room by piling on the plants – both real and on wallpaper or artworks – botanicals are big news right now, so the more the merrier.

Green with envy

Zinc Velvet in Forest Green from our French Connection collection brings a touch of luxury to your scheme. Wonderfully tactile, with button-back detail and modern, angled arms, this is sophistication-meets-cool in one gorgeous package.

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Ruby red

If you’re looking to add some drama to your room, you can’t go wrong with ruby red. The colour of passion – and best used sparingly – this attention-grabbing jewel shade is perfect for an accent chair or statement sofa. Bold and traditional in equal measure, ruby red works best against a neutral backdrop of pale walls and dark wooden floors and furniture, and is a sure-fire way to transform a room from so-so to stunning.

Top tip Group jewel-coloured glassware – everything from bottle green and topaz yellow to bright pink – then sit back (in your red chair) and watch the light dance around your room as the sun strikes the glass.

Red-dy to play

With such an iconic jewel tone, you need an iconic shape to complement it, and we think the Louvre accent chair in Red Combination is just the ticket. Arty and chic, as its name implies, this ruby-red beauty will take centre stage in both a classic and a contemporary room.

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Sapphire blue

Always a popular colour for home décor, blue in all shades is rich and subtly soothing, but when you zing it up to sapphire level, it’s stellar, adding a luxe vibe to every scheme. For a new take on nautical, pair a stunning sapphire blue jewel-toned sofa with crisp whites and decadent golds, or for a more beachy vibe, match it with pale woods and neutral, tactile rugs for a blissed-out living space with added wow.

Top tip Strong jewel tones such as sapphire love patterns so add in some geometric prints on a feature wall or throw down a stylish checkerboard rug, such as the Pixel from Dwell.

 

Singing the blues

A recent addition to our Capsule Collection, which is specifically styled for smaller spaces, the Lull large sofa in Blue tops the sapphire stakes with its mix of retro and modern.

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Amethyst purple

Long associated with royalty, purple reigns (see what we did there!) when it comes to striking home decorating schemes. Rich amethyst tones paired with luxurious creams and classic dark-wood furniture work together to create an air of opulence without tipping over into bling. Luxe the look up to the max with regal accents of silver and pewter via mirrors or statement vases.

 

Top tip For a touch of the playful with a Moroccan-ny vibe, pair amethyst with another jewel tone, turquoise. It’s eclectic, but it works.

The royal treatment

Made for relaxation, the sumptuous Gloss lounger sofa in Purple Combination is comfort personified with its chaise end and cosy pillow cushions. The contemporary design and elegant curves give it standout appeal that will look stunning in both a traditional or more modern setting.

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Shine on – how to decorate with metallics

Shine on – how to decorate with metallics

22nd August 2016

Missing the Olympics and all those Team GB medals? Here’s how to bring a touch of gold, silver and bronze to your home this season (podium optional!)

Here at DFS hq, we’re already missing the sound of the national anthem striking up as yet another successful Team GB athlete steps up accept a gong from Rio 2016. So to help us all keep that Olympic flag flying just a little bit longer, we’d thought we’d swap medals for metals and give you our top tips for home style that’s polished, not pretentious…

Metallic magic

Decorating with metallics of any hue is all about balance – too little and the shimmer fades into insignificance, and too much and you’re straying into casino territory. Here’s how to get it right first time…

Mix and match

Golds and silvers work wonderfully together so don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Pair a chrome and glass side table with a gold or bronze-toned lamp, or go for a selection of the same metal in a variety of finishes or textures – brushed, polished and beaten, for instance – to ring the changes within the same colour palette. For the ultimate in luxe living, pair gold with white or neutral-based room (walls, sofa and floor) – a classic combination that never goes out of style. 

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Tryka coffee table and Copper table lamp from Dwell

Start small

You don’t have to go all Kardashian from the off – a subtle introduction of metallics to your decorating scheme is plenty bling enough if you’re new to the shine stakes. We’d recommend a statement chair in a luxe fabric, or a shimmery rug to work as a simple yet stunning centrepiece.

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Jewel statement chair from dfs

Dwell metallic rug

Pick the perfect palette

Warm metallics – gold, bronze, brass and copper – love rich, earthy colours so keep it in the family and pair them with a base palette of reds and browns. Cooler metals – pewter, silver and chrome – have a natural affinity with blue and green hues. Think a deep red chair with a copper-coloured throw or a midnight blue sofa with a pile of silver cushions and you’re in metal heaven.

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Dwell silver cushion

Light it up

Lighting – whether that’s ceiling, wall, table or floor – is one of the easiest and most effective ways of introducing metallic décor into your scheme. Think of your lamp or pendant as a piece of modern art and go to town with it from a design point of view.

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Tripod spotlight giant floor lamp, Cappa triple pendant light, both from Dwell

Mirror images

Mirrors are the stylist’s secret weapon – they reflect light into the darkest of corners, they make every space look bigger and they’re a natural focal point to a room (who can resist checking themselves out in a handily hung looking glass?). They come in all shapes and sizes and work wonderfully either on their own or in a run of three of more. Add a dash of metallic into the mix and it’s a win-win.

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

Oblique copper mirror from Dwell

For more autumn style inspiration, check out our new Style Sourcebook ezine, online now

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