Be-Jeweled

Teals, amethysts, and magentas — the colors of exotic gemstones — create eye-catching beauty



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LOOK BOOK | color corner


A GEM OF A ROOM

Gulfstream paint, Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com

 

Gauntlet Gray paint, Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com

 

Tufenkian’s Aventine Blue rug, Ghiordes Knot, price upon request, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 

Lavender shag rug, $249-$699, Crate & Barrel, Troy


 
 
 

Lavender Morning artwork from The Oliver Gal Artist Co., $159-$649, olivergal.com

 

Cubist Peacock by Schumacher, Shumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy

 

Gia button-tufted loveseat in teal, $1,699, Crate & Barrel, Troy

 

Cole & Son Circus Geometric II wallpaper, Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Designer Center, Troy

— PRODUCT STYLING BY JAMIE FABBRI




CIRCUS ACT The wallpaper (Circus Geometric II, by Cole & Son) of overlapping, jewel-toned harlequins in the nearby dining room inspired homeowner and designer Rachel Nelson to add dashes of the same colors throughout the living room. “The colors evoke a feeling of happiness,” says Nelson, a graduate of Kendall College in Grand Rapids.

 

A COLORFUL GEOMETRIC WALLPAPER in the dining room was the jumping-off point for this living room in Grosse Pointe Woods. Designed by Rachel Nelson, left, and Lauren DeLaurentiis, far left, of Detroit-based RL Concetti, the room is adjacent to the dining room where the wallpaper is showcased. “The two rooms are open to each other, so we carried the colors of the wallpaper through the spaces,” says Nelson, who also happens to be the homeowner and admits that the home, built in 1942, was “basically vanilla” when she moved in. The two designers made jewel tones work well by teaming them with rich gray wall paint that grounds the bright colors, a gray custom sectional, and simple white accents. “If you used the (jewel) colors on the sectional, it would be too overwhelming,” Nelson says. “You have to be very specific and tasteful on where you’re going to put color when experimenting with these types of dramatic shades.” The overall effect, Nelson says, is whimsy. “And it’s not too feminine or too masculine.” rlconcetti.comMegan Swoyer​

 

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