Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones | Style Stories

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Precious and semi-precious stones have always held great appeal. The lustre and intensity of emerald, ruby, sapphire, citrine, and rose quartz tones through to the moody hues of amethyst and onyx can inject a room with drama.

Lashings of these tones through paint, upholstery, decorative accessories and soft furnishings are a great pick-me-up to any neutral space and are a wonderful counterpoint to the neutral and dusty pastels that have recently been in favour.

Cushions that are solid in colour with subtle texture are a great way to dip your toe into this trend. If you’re feeling adventurous create an impact through bed covers in a rich sapphire blue, dining chairs in a deep emerald green velvet, moody-toned rugs and art. Sofas are a big risk in any colour that’s not neutral, but these risks measured and delivered with finesse, can deliver opulent style in spades.

Embracing a jewel colour palette for your interior can give you open license to play with saturated colour application. Imagine one room in tonal variations of ruby and another in monochromatic varieties of emerald. The skill and restraint required to deliver an immersive-coloured room, however, isn’t for the amateur or fainthearted.

Using handful groupings of gem tones in one space against neutrals also works beautifully, particularly with accessories. Pairing emeralds, ruby tones and sapphire with accents of citrine amongst dark greys and blacks delivers a surprisingly vibrant result.

If you love everything that is light and bright, this look isn’t for you. It embraces lavishness, theatre, a more-is-more philosophy, stately glamour and intense colour tones to create sultry interior spaces.

Make a decadent statement with Darren Palmer’s Cardamine Embroidered Blocked Cushion or add sumptuous sapphire shades to your bed with the Darren Palmer Iris Velvet bedcover range. Globewest’s Freya Arm Chair shines in Emerald Green and Carpet Court’s Floral Fields Carpet in the colour Red Velvet will give your room a regal edge.

Jewel Tones | Style Stories

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Floral Fields Carpet in Red Velvet

2. Cardamine Embroidered Blocked Cushion by Darren Palmer (Myer)

3. Iris Velvet Bedcover by Darren Palmer (Myer)