“Jewel Tones of Design” is the theme of the Washington Design Center’s 2011 DreamHome, which opens this week. Eight designers partnered with local jewelers and chose a jewelry piece to inspire a room design.

Zoe Feldman of Zoe Feldman Designs, who decorated the master bedroom, says she was “drawn to the modern, understated elegance” of a ring from Shah & Shah. In her room, a subtle and soothing palette of gold, silver and gray is punctuated with yellow textiles and black-painted furniture and artwork.

Another room not to miss: the sculptural courtyard by J.D. Ireland, with hand-painted fabric wall panels and slate herringbone patterned floors.

If you go

The Washington Design Center’s 2011 DreamHome opens with a reception Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. ($20). The show runs Friday through Dec. 9; hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 300 D St. SW. 202-646-6100. www.dcdesigncenter.com. Free.