How To Bring These Colors Into Your Home

After we took a closer look at howruby red can make our homes seem brighter, we've been thinking about the benefits of other gorgeous jewel tones. Like sapphire, for example. This entrancing blue is both a classic (think cobalt glassware) yet also makes an unexpected statement (case in point: this amazing orchid). And though it's an intense hue, the cool tones convey a soothing vibe like no other.

The bold shade also means that you only need a touch of the color to make a big statement. Tabletop accessories such as flatware and pitchers will especially stand out on crisp white linens and fixtures like a blue sconce will pop against a light-colored wall.

For a softer take, try amethyst. This shade of purple has a hint of blue, so it has similar calming benefits. The beauty is in the variations of amethyst hues from lilac to plum. Though the lighter shades can often be too delicate to notice, when grouped together (think candles and glasses) you'll create a more noticeable effect. For rich purples, consider using it in hardware like knobs for cabinets and dressers -- it can bring a whole new focus to pieces.

Inspired by the shades we found in the sapphire orchid, we came up with a color palette that's captivating and even a bit glamorous. Click through the slideshow below to see the color palette along with a selection of home finds based on those hues.

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Sapphire Orchid Color Palette

Paint colors, from top: Pure Purple, by <a href="http://www.glidden.com/color/color-visualizer.do#path=colorPalette&cid0=227&cid1=&cid2=&cid3=&cid4=&cid5=&cid6=&cid7=&cid8=" target="_hplink">Glidden</a>. Sapphireberry, 2063-60, by <a href="http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/color-gallery?cd=2063-60&col=CP#ce_s=sapphire" target="_hplink">Benjamin Moore</a>. Sapphire Lace, S-G-570, by <a href="http://www.behr.com/Behr/home#channel=INSPIRATION;view=32;vgnextoid=c15eb3f45ecdb110VgnVCM1000006b0910acRCRD" target="_hplink">Behr</a>. Sea Sparkle, 5003-7B, by <a href="http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/explore-colors/color-selector/index.html?screen=swatchScreen&colorId=2068#2" target="_hplink">Valspar</a>. Amethyst Purple, 1004-5C, by <a href="http://www.valsparpaint.com/en/explore-colors/color-selector/index.html?screen=swatchScreen&colorId=1886#2" target="_hplink">Valspar</a>. Verve Violet, SW 6979, by <a href="http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6979-verve-violet/" target="_hplink">Sherwin-Williams</a>.      Flickr photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmrosenfeld/3160346414/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">JMR_Photography</a>

Novica Sapphire Blue Martini Glasses

Brighten your table with <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3939865" target="_hplink">these sapphire blue martini glasses</a>.
Brighten your table with these sapphire blue martini glasses.

Midnight Balloon Wine Glasses

Or you can take a more subtle approach with <a href="http://www.target.com/p/Midnight-Balloon-Glasses-Set-of-6-Amethyst/-/A-10532910#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton" target="_hplink">a set of these amethyst-colored wine glasses</a>.

Primrose Blue Dishtowel

Add pops of blue to your kitchen with <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/dishtowels/primrose-blue-dishtowel/s543287" target="_hplink">a few of these dish towels</a>.
Add pops of blue to your kitchen with a few of these dish towels.

Ceramic Table Lamp

Bring a colorful touch to a side table <a href="http://www.target.com/p/Ceramic-Table-Lamp-Blue-28/-/A-11181841" target="_hplink">with this light blue table lamp</a>.
Bring a colorful touch to a side table with this light blue table lamp.

Sleeping Partners Mini Pink Sapphire Chandelier

<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sleeping-Partners-3-Bulb-Mini-Chandelier-Pink-Sapphire/11876972" target="_hplink">This mini pink sapphire chandelier</a> will add a glamorous touch to any bedroom or bathroom.
This mini pink sapphire chandelier will add a glamorous touch to any bedroom or bathroom.

Amethyst Velvet Toss Pillow

Nothing adds a burst of color to a living room like a bold-hued throw pillow. Consider <a href="http://www.worldmarket.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11697445" target="_hplink">this jewel-tone purple one</a>.
Nothing adds a burst of color to a living room like a bold-hued throw pillow. Consider this jewel-tone purple one.

Sapphire Blue Glass Sconce

Flank a doorway or a fireplace with a pair of <a href="http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=18723360" target="_hplink">this sapphire blue glass and polished chrome sconce</a> to give a room more sophisticated look.

Peacock Swirl Pitcher

Kick off the spring season with <a href="http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Dining/tabid/977/List/0/CategoryID/110/level/a/ProductID/33070/ProductName/Peacock-Swirl-Pitcher/Default.aspx" target="_hplink">this sparkling blue swirl pitcher</a> for your table setting.

SKUBB Boxes

Organizing bins don't always have to be neutral linen or canvas. Go bold with a set of <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60207031/" target="_hplink">these vivid purple polyester-covered boxes</a>.

Eames Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker

If you're going for bigger color impact, consider the classic <a href="http://www.roomandboard.com/rnb/product/detail.do?productGroup=19257" target="_hplink">Eames rocking chair in this pretty light blue</a>.
If you're going for bigger color impact, consider the classic Eames rocking chair in this pretty light blue.

Sahara Wild Orchid Ikat Duvet and Shams

Switch out your bedding for a relaxing shade of light purple with <a href="http://www.westelm.com/products/organic-sahara-ikat-duvet-shams-wild-orchid-b916/?pkey=e%7Cpurple%7C6%7Cbest%7C0%7Cviewall%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Spring 2012 D3 Billboards-_-" target="_hplink">this duvet and shams set</a>. It's sure to provide an added touch of comfort.
Switch out your bedding for a relaxing shade of light purple with this duvet and shams set. It's sure to provide an added touch of comfort.

Oster Cast Iron Bean Pot

Consider adding color to your kitchenware collection with <a href="http://www.target.com/p/Oster-Cast-Iron-3-Qt-Bean-Pot/-/A-13804599#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton" target="_hplink">this curvy purple cast iron pot</a>.
Consider adding color to your kitchenware collection with this curvy purple cast iron pot.

Sapphire Scroll Cabinet Hardware Knob

When it comes to decorating, hardware pieces like <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100464509&R=100464509&superSkuId=202784171" target="_hplink">this sapphire cabinet knob</a> are considered jewelry for the home. Try updating a cabinet with a few of these; It's an easy way to quickly change the look in a room.

DITO Flatware

Little accents like <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00154709/" target="_hplink">colorful handles on flatware</a> can really stand out in a table setting. These will especially pop against a crisp white tablecloth.

Sprig by NEST Lilac And Ivy Votive Candle

Simple accessories like <a href="http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/sprig-by-nest-fragrances-lilac-ivy-votive-candle?ID=511552" target="_hplink">a votive candle</a> will add a lively hint of color to a room. This one will also fill the air with a sweet lilac blossom scent.

Lacca Bath Accessories

Soothing <a href="http://www.abchome.com/store/store/pc/lacca-bath-accessories-light-blue-131p10365.htm" target="_hplink">blue-greens like the shade in these bath accessories</a> can help create a more relaxing atmosphere in any bathroom.

Waechtersbach Dinnerware

Consider <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/waechtersbach-dinnerware-plum-collection?ID=586294&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results" target="_hplink">deep purple dishware</a>. The rich, bold hue can give a table an unexpectedly elegant appeal.

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Crystal Bowl

We like <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/lenox-crystal-giftware-butterfly-meadow-collection?ID=612004&PartnerID=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc=LINKSHARE-_-6-_-75-_-MP675&LinkshareID=IHX5g9evBD0-CMbxLGjNBNWMb5MCKq8igw" target="_hplink">the hint of sky-blue and the delicate butterfly designs on this pretty glass bowl</a>, which makes for a great serving piece for snacks.

Marimekko Sukat Makkaralla Glasses

<a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/the-marimekko-shop/kitchen-and-table/set-of-2-marimekko-sukat-makkaralla-lilac-glasses/s140107" target="_hplink">These sculptural lilac tumblers</a> are an artful and colorful alternative to run-of-the-mill clear drinking glasses.

Oxford Creek Accent Chair

Seating like <a href="http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_021V004126858000P?prdNo=6&blockNo=6&blockType=G6" target="_hplink">this slipper chair upholstered in a light blue leather</a> are certain to make a statement in a living room. We would consider pairing this chair with neutral colored chairs and rugs.

Flamingo Blue Stool

A <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/outdoor-furniture/outdoor-dining/flamingo-blue-stool/s171029" target="_hplink">bright blue stool like this one</a> can also double as a side table if needed. Its versatile use means that it can serve as a colorful accent in any room whenever you want.

Target Home Fuzzy Blanket

Drape a <a href="http://www.target.com/p/Target-Home-Fuzzy-Blanket/-/A-13516174?ref=tgt_adv_XSN10001&AFID=pronto_df&LNM=|13516174&CPNG=home&ci_src=16776730&ci_sku=13516174" target="_hplink">bold color throw like this fuzzy blanket</a> over a sofa or an armchair to help warm up a room.

Joy Carpets Dottie Sapphire Rug

With its mix of jewel-tone colors and captivating circle motifs, <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/Joy-Carpets-Dottie-Sapphire-Rug/14596240" target="_hplink">this stylish rug </a>can help anchor a seating area.
With its mix of jewel-tone colors and captivating circle motifs, this stylish rug can help anchor a seating area.

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