Teals, amethysts, and magentas — the colors of exotic gemstones — create eye-catching beauty

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Gulfstream paint, Sherwin-Williams, Gauntlet Gray paint, Sherwin-Williams, Tufenkian’s Aventine Blue rug, Ghiordes Knot, price upon request, Michigan Design Center, Troy Lavender shag rug, $249-$699, Crate & Barrel, Troy

Lavender Morning artwork from The Oliver Gal Artist Co., $159-$649, Cubist Peacock by Schumacher, Shumacher, Michigan Design Center, Troy Gia button-tufted loveseat in teal, $1,699, Crate & Barrel, Troy Cole & Son Circus Geometric II wallpaper, Kravet/Lee Jofa/Brunschwig & Fils, Michigan Designer Center, Troy


CIRCUS ACT The wallpaper (Circus Geometric II, by Cole & Son) of overlapping, jewel-toned harlequins in the nearby dining room inspired homeowner and designer Rachel Nelson to add dashes of the same colors throughout the living room. “The colors evoke a feeling of happiness,” says Nelson, a graduate of Kendall College in Grand Rapids.

A COLORFUL GEOMETRIC WALLPAPER in the dining room was the jumping-off point for this living room in Grosse Pointe Woods. Designed by Rachel Nelson, left, and Lauren DeLaurentiis, far left, of Detroit-based RL Concetti, the room is adjacent to the dining room where the wallpaper is showcased. “The two rooms are open to each other, so we carried the colors of the wallpaper through the spaces,” says Nelson, who also happens to be the homeowner and admits that the home, built in 1942, was “basically vanilla” when she moved in. The two designers made jewel tones work well by teaming them with rich gray wall paint that grounds the bright colors, a gray custom sectional, and simple white accents. “If you used the (jewel) colors on the sectional, it would be too overwhelming,” Nelson says. “You have to be very specific and tasteful on where you’re going to put color when experimenting with these types of dramatic shades.” The overall effect, Nelson says, is whimsy. “And it’s not too feminine or too masculine.” rlconcetti.comMegan Swoyer