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Jewel tones provide rich, lush looks

“Luxury” is this year’s keyword, and jewel hues add lavish sophistication to any style. Be on the lookout for furnishings and decorative accessories in regal gold, shimmering blue and green, majestic purple and lush orange.

Gilded age
“Metals will continue to shine in 2012 but with soft matte overtones,” reports The Chicago Tribune. “Brushed gold will shine next year, bringing a golden versus shiny glow. Metallic and pearlized colors will abound in home accessories and fashion alike.” As we reported last month, all metals will step up, including bronze, copper, platinum and silver, but gold will be the frontrunner — showing up in everything from wall decor and decorative accessories to upholstery, bedding and rugs

Into the blue
Intense blues are strong this year. While blue always has been a favorite among consumers, the look as been updated to a richer, more true blue. For example, the Pantone Home + Interiors 2012 Indigo Effects is inspired by the celestial blues and deep blue indigos of the twilight sky. Sherwin William’s 2012 Colormix features “a pair of functional and treasured blues: denim and water. It explores the darkest indigo to faded-jeans hues, some with violet undertones, as well as the calm, shimmery shades that reflect rivers, lakes and seas.” Finally, Benjamin Moore’s Fluid Blues palette covers a range, from gray-blues to aquas to deep-sea navy.