Crown Jewels

The new neutral is darker, gray is big, and black and white are still going strong, but that doesn’t mean this year’s rooms are reading dull. In fact, all those dusky tones are the perfect backdrop for the jewels – jewel tones, that is – trending in 2012.

Purple Prose

Rich and regal, this year’s purple tones range from reddish plums to vibrant violets to soft lavenders, and the look goes from boldly saturated – monochromatic tones carried from an accent wall to accessories – to single centerpieces. Pair the modern Lashay Velvet Lounge Chair & Ottoman and Armen Living Centennial Purple Velvet Sofa for a complete look, or go minimal by layering the textural Jaipur Rugs Flux Area Rug in Tulip Purple over a hardwood floor.


Lashay Velvet Lounge Chair & Ottoman

Well Red

Against white, red becomes super-bright – it’s an almost pop-art effect, and so the marriage of red hues and mod, 1960s-inspired shapes seems totally natural. The Shape Chair in Red and the Sarabi Linear Bench in Industry Red are unconventional partners in the dining room. The Zuo Modern Alda Poly Decorative Centerpiece ties them together atop the dining table.


Sarabi Linear Bench – Industry Red

An intense color instantly updates traditional silhouettes, too. Available in glossy red – as well as a host of other bold and pastel hues – the Custom Color Dorsiere Mirror’s ornate frame brings a whimsical to the bedroom, bath, or entryway.

Golden Age

What’s a gem without a little gold? Whether metallic or opaque deep yellows, gold is a lush choice on its own or in combination with other jewel tones. Pair Jaipur Rugs Blue Area Rug in Golden Apricot or the Besa Gold Foil Tamburo Flush Mount Ceiling Fixture with plums, for example, or gild modern reds with the wonderfully eclectic Crystorama Ritz Chandelier. Or if you want just one golden accessory, the Jamey Metallic Golden Silver Club Chair is it – with subtly gleaming upholstery and studded trim, it’s elegant and tough and totally at home in neutral landscapes.


Jamey Metallic Golden Silver Club Chair


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  1. Lauren – Julie, where are you bouncing your flash, it looks like on the ceiinlg? It makes it hard to get good catchlights that way. Try bouncing it on a side wall, or even the wall behind you but up just a touch, aimed where the wall meets the ceiinlg. Also, slow your SS WAY down to let some ambient light in. Flash freezes motion, so you can set your SS as low as about 1/30 (NO, that is NOT a typo) and get a sharp pic. Have fun!

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