Cayman-inspired jewel toned décor

Crumbs, that was a bit of a mouthful.  Right, so first of all this morning I would like you to please check out this awesome video (shot by yours truly, I know I know I should be a videographer, it’s very professionally done…ha) of my friend Kim throwing herself off a 40 foot cliff into the Caribbean Sea.  Also please note Alistair’s blatant fib: ‘it’s not that high’, my foot.  Click on the FB link to view – I really hope it works, as you’ll be able to see from the video, technology is not exactly a forte of mine…

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Nope, it is not some kind of weird suicidal ritual and neither did she just spot a family of turtles hanging out down there, but was in fact a day of Deep Water Soloing out at Pedro’s last Sunday.  For those of you not totally insane and who therefore have no idea what I’m talking about, DWS is rock climbing over the sea with no ropes, so when you cannot cling your scrawny arms (in my case they’re scrawny anyway, not ‘Those Guys’!) to the rock any longer you plop off down into the sea.  It’s pretty fun actually, I love it, but the first jump from the top of the cliffs is a smidgey petrifying. 
Aaaanyway, ‘what does this have to do with interior design?’ I hear you asking, well check out the colour of the sea in the video.  There are just so many different blues, greys and greens in the sea around this little island, depending on where you are, what the currents are doing and whether a hurricane is approaching or not, but Sunday was the first time I’d noticed this particular one.  The really light cerulean blue in the areas with no rocks where there’s only sand underneath the surface just took my breath away (actually that may have been the terrifying plunge into the sea…) and it got me thinking about jewel toned schemes in general, whether they be this shade of blue or a bright emerald, citrine, amethyst, ruby or fuchsia.  So I thought I’d go on the hunt for some examples.
Whether you envelop an entire room in one of these gorgeous shades, or simply use it as an accent colour, it can seriously pack a punch.
How about a cheeky sapphire or blue tourm??

I’m just such a sucker for distressed vintage wooden furnishings upholstered in a bold block colour or print – what a fab place to curl up with a good book! 

Oh hello gorgeous screen, will you move to my house please?

Leopard print + turquoise walls + Moroccan lanterns = one luxurious yet edgy living room:
These emerald green drapes are le bee’s knees.

These citrine hues are so fresh and bright – perfect for springtime.  The zebra print in the first pic is inspired.

This tablescape is stunning, love all the pops of crystal against the raw tree branches and bright bold colour.

And I’m slightly obsessing over this lacquered tangerine ceiling, how fun!!

Or how about a sexy shade of amethyst?

Such a fantastic contrast with the neutral marble here:

Next up are the lovely ruby ladies:

And last but certainly not least, the pink sapphire!

I can’t stop checking back to this one particular scheme – the brightly upholstered curvy French-style armchair is a bit of a cliché, but I do love the eclectic look they’ve achieved here:

Always love me a bit of a pink/orange colour combo, can’t go wrong in my book!

This chaise actually leaves me speechless…

And every single thing about this room is BONKERS!!!  Love it!

Make sure you stay tuned for the rest of the week – I thought I’d share with you the schemes that didn’t quite make the ‘jewel tone’ cut but that would possibly be slightly easier and more restful to live with!

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