Jewel Box Room on a Budget: 5 Steps to Transform Your Space

July 06, 2023 4 min read

how to make a jewel box room on a budget

What are jewel box rooms? These are single rooms -- usually smaller ones -- that are so plush, layered, and rich in style that they feel sumptuously cozy. Imagine a giant jewel box to live in, and you get the picture!

Don't be fooled though -- making a jewel-box room isn't just for palaces and manors. In fact, we're seeing more and more of this treatment in American family homes, especially in small spaces such as bathrooms, powder rooms, closets, tiny bedrooms, small living rooms, and dining nooks.

If you love this comfy luxury, or if you want to impress your guests with a stylish space, try these doable steps to transform any space in your house into a jewel box room. We've even included affordable tips if you're on a budget!


1. Choose an opulent color palette.

First things first: it's time to veer away from neutral base colors and pick visible shades as the main color of your room. Naturally, jewel box rooms are associated with jewel tones such as sapphire blue, emerald green, deep mustard, and burnt orange. However, you don't have to be restricted to that palette.

You can go the pastel route using soft blues and creamy whites as your primary color, inspired by Catherine the Great or Marie Antoinette. Or you can do a dramatic, moody color scheme using blacks and deep hues. Whichever mood you choose, make sure there's contrast in your color scheme to make at least one color pop. See examples below.

Budget-friendly tip: Can't repaint the room? Try less-permanent options such as peel-and-stick wallpaper or contact paper.

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Home Sweet Home" Premium Canvas



2. Pick a complementing pattern.

Be it floral, abstract, Art Deco, or ethnic, vibrant patterns add life to a jewel box rooms. This is important because these rooms are often small enclosed spaces that could easily feel claustrophobic. Choose a pattern that complements your color scheme and apply it generously throughout the space: as wallpaper, drapes, rugs, and even upholstery. See examples below.

Budget-friendly tip: If you can't invest in a giant patterned rug just yet, hang a set of patterned curtains instead, and match that with some patterned throw pillows.



3. Fill the room with plush textures.

Soft, cushy fabrics are a must to achieve the jewel-box look. If you can invest in a velvet sofa, what's stopping you? 😀 But even without a velvet couch, it's important to layer various textiles: pile on throw blankets and coverlets, or even add a shaggy accent rug on top of your area rug. Make the space as drape-y and cozy as you want!

Budget-friendly tip: While premium fabrics such as silk and cashmere wool are perfect for jewel box spaces, you can cop the same look with inexpensive alternatives such as fleece, microfiber, and velour.

Blanket pictured above: Personalized Family Name Premium Teal Fleece Blanket

Wall art pictured above: "Enjoy Today" Premium Canvas


4. Decorate the walls.

The walls of a jewel box room are never bare. This is the perfect chance to break out your collected pieces and flex your wall-decorating muscles!

If you've already put up an eye-catching wallpaper, it's best to keep your wall pieces minimal, such as an oversized mirror to complement the pattern. But if your walls are a solid color, you can go ahead with a full gallery wall! For best results, mix the sizes, colors, and framing of your wall art.

Budget-friendly tip: No need to hang everything in glass frames. Canvas prints with wood backing are affordable alternatives, yet they're just as beautiful. Browse our collections on -- all our canvas prints come with wood backing and are ready to hang!

living room decor - green wall, orange sofa, gallery wall with eclectic art

Center wall art pictured above: Personalized Love - Names On Heart Premium Canvas

Wall art pictured above: "Purple Hummingbird" Premium Canvas


5. Top it off with sparkle and shine.

Now that your jewel box room is filled with color, pattern, and texture, it's time break up the density of it by adding some shiny objects. Metallic and glassy accents uplift the feel of the room so that it doesn't feel too weighty despite its plushness.

Sprinkle some brassy hardware, old-rose finishes, and faux gold ornaments in the room. The top choice of designers? Statement lighting such as attention-grabbing floor lamps and sparkly chandeliers.

Budget-friendly tip: If you need more glow in the room, add some inexpensive candles in glass containers. These candles are right at home in an elegant space, and the best part is you can DIY them!

bathroom with bath tub, orb chandelier, wide windows, dual vanity

dining nook - pale green wall, gold pendant light, yellow flowers, wall art

Wall art pictured above: Personalized "We Aren't Step, Half -- We Are Family" Premium Canvas and Personalized "It's So Good To Be Home" Premium Canvas 

bathroom design - dual sink and mirrors on white marble wall with floral wall art print

Wall art pictured above: "Approaching Magnificence" Premium Canvas 


Just looking at these inspiring photos of jewel box rooms makes us want to redecorate! What do you think -- would you make a jewel box room of your own? Tell us in a comment!

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