COLOR WATCH: JEWEL TONES
JEWEL TONES. Wondering what that means? It’s a color term used to identify jewel-like, dark, saturated, rich colors or simply put, colors that have a jewel like quality. From midnight blue to forest green to plum purple, these colors add a sumptuous touch whether as a wall color or fabric. As someone who’s been monitoring the emergence of the jewel tone family in interiors, I’ve been itching to share my insights. I was recently quoted in Kitchen & Bath Business alongside the Pantone Institute and the Color Marketing Group about interior color trends for 2017 where I highlighted the emergence of the jewel tone, midnight blue, click here to read the full article. This inspired me to share my top 3 jewel tones to watch in 2017 & 2018.
1. MIDNIGHT BLUE
In its various shades midnight blue can be navy, blue / black, or desaturated and dusty. From historic Federal style buildings to prep school libraries to minimalist modern spaces to the modern beachy interiors of Southern California, midnight blue has incredible range.
A Parisian hotel suite with midnight blue walls, linens, and lamps. Credit: Hotel Providence in Paris.
This beautifully curated bathroom glows with its' midnight blue wall color and marble accents. Credit: Muir Studio.
Scandi Modern indoor / outdoor living with a midnight blue upholstered sofa and copper pendant lamp. Credit: Little Liberty.
Velvet sofa from Anthropologie. Credit: My Domaine
2. FOREST GREEN
Green is perhaps the buzziest color of 2017, due to the Pantone color of the year. With most designers shying away from using the bright and mossy Greenery, forest green is a more classic shade that still celebrates the color green.
Rich forest green interior walls paired with light wood and sailor window. Credit: Muir Studio
Forest green back splash alongside wood, marble and copper accents with pops of plants. Credit: Decouvrir Design:
Editorial fashion goes head to toe forest green from Hermes belt to suede jacket, with mint green backdrop and art deco objet. Credit: Visual Optimism
Forest green velvet pillow alongside our jewel tone friend, midnight blue. Credit: Matthew Williamson
3. PLUM PURPLE
Perhaps the most jewely of the jewel tones, plum purple has had a longstanding reputation as a regal color. Sometimes referred to as Aubergine, dark violet, or beet root, plum purple works beautifully as a wall color or fabric.
A masculine study gets warmed up with plum purple walls in an otherwise dark wood and leather grouping. Credit: Home and Decor
The simplicity of this Japanese interior lets the plum purple colored textured wall covering shine. Credit: Fresh Home
Vivacious as an exterior paint color, plum purple makes an unexpected friend in this lush palm. Credit: Slow Garden
Plum purple wainscoting transforms this beautifully barren space with ornate accents. Credit: Lonny
Industry trend forecasters weigh in on this prominent interior color trend for 2017:
“More jewellery-inspired tones are highly present as well, with deep sapphire blues, ruby reds, amethyst purples and emerald greens embellishing hard and soft goods.” - WGSN
“Chic and sophisticated tones such as ruby reds, emeralds and sapphires will appear throughout backsplashes, fabrics, hardware and more.” - HOUZZ
"Despite minimalism's gains in mass appeal, people still want to add humanity to their homes in a way that doesn't alienate the delicate balance of a curated space. I've always felt that midnight blue works well in these spaces, making the room feel luxurious and indulgent, while remaining clean and crisp. Within the jewel tone family, midnight blue will appear in interiors by way of paint colors, soft furnishings and draperies." - Caroline Cecil, Kitchen & Bath Business
Written by: Caroline Cecil