Look at Fall leaves that have completely transitioned from active photosynthesis to their dormant state to see Garnet colors in nature. Of course, the color Garnet is most commonly recognized in the precious stone that adorns the antique pyrope hair comb that dates back to 1837.
How the color is made: Mix Soft Red with Black to get a deep Garnet color that mimics the depth and reflection of the precious stone with the same name.
History: Historically, garnet was associated with passion, forgiveness, and divine adjudication as depicted in Michaelangelo’s upper part of “The Last Judgment” in the Sistine Chapel. The angels often wore Garnet robes when handing out a ruling form above, in Renaissance paintings to depict their authority.
Color in Action
Garnet is considered a color from the passion palette and is often worn by both stage and screen actors when they are depicting passionate and intense scenes—think of the soldiers’ uniforms in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Garnet works well in a room when used as a focal piece of furniture which is then supported by toned-down colors like Cream, Soft Gold, or Light Gray to reduce the intensity. Garnet can be painted above a fireplace mantelpiece to draw the eye upwards and create a dramatic look.
Colors that go with Garnet
Match Garnet with a Deep Teal to create a sense of equilibrium in the depth, coolness, and warmth that these colors bring to the table.
Garnet Color Palettes and Schemes
Pair Garnet with Very Dark (almost Black) Red, Moderate Red, and desaturated Red for a tonal palette that mimics opulent regal settings like luxury restaurants or theatres.
Backgrounds and Seamless Patterns
A Garnet and White ikat pattern will have jagged chevron designs that allow the colors to almost bleed into each other and create a feeling of intensity and heat. Wallpaper with Garnet and Medium Cyan brocade patterns add a feeling of luxury to a design.