03/22/2012 03:37 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

The Color Palette That Will Make Your Home Appear More Lively (PHOTOS)

From ruby red to sapphire blue and hints of amethyst, we've been exploring the many facets (ha) of jewel tones. Namely, how these gorgeously deep colors can work in our homes. This week, it's all about amber. Our inspiration? This 1960s amber brooch.

If you're thinking of bringing amber into your home, it's actually a relatively neutral color that can work in many settings. (So if you are shy about jumping into color, amber is a perfect 'safe' starting point.) For example, yellowish-orange vases next to a window capture natural light beautifully and amber votives can enhance the glimmer in candlelight. And, because amber is a subtle jewel tone, you can decorate a room with plenty of accessories in the color without worrying that it will become overwhelming.

More importantly, we also find that touches of bright yellows and dark oranges can often bring a warm atmosphere into a room -- there's something regal about amber that reminds us of wonderful timeworn venetian plasters.

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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