Amethyst. This mysterious, semi-precious quartz gemstone with its tantalizing purple color is nearly synonymous with richness and elegance. From royal robes to sparkling gems, the hue is a perennial favorite. Combining the calming properties of blue and the electric energy of red, it’s a color that is easy to love – and a color that is surprisingly easy to incorporate into home design.
For Rockhounds, using these eggplant hued beauties has endless possibilities. Far from being relegated to a collection case, amethyst specimens lend themselves beautifully to being used throughout the home.
When using Amethyst as an element when designing a room of your home, take your inspiration from the color tones of the natural mineral. Pairing Amethyst with glowing coppers, bronze or gold will give the overall aesthetic a sense of depth and warmth. Paired with nickel and silver tones, the blue undertones will be brought out; giving the aesthetic a cooler – albeit equally beautiful – appeal.
Taking the color of Amethyst as the focal point for a room does take a leap of faith in your own design aesthetic, but the results can be stunning. If you’re contemplating purple walls, the key is in finding a shade that is deep and rich. Used on all the walls of a space, or on just one to provide a focal point; the effect of using purple on the walls creates the feeling of living in a jewel box – how apropos when gems and stones are the décor accent of choice.
Of course, if you love Amethyst why stop at the walls? From lamps to bookends, you can give your favorite stone new life by using it to create the pieces every room needs.
For a less literal interpretation, simply choosing elements that share the same, distinctive color can help bring the look to life.
For those who prefer to display their collection in a more traditional way, remember the rule of grouping. Odd numbers of similar items will always look more curated and “put together” than a single element. Try three Amethyst specimens on a mantle, a trio of the gorgeous purple crafted into obelisks on an end table or a grouping of honed stone bowls in the dining room.
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