Humans have had a love affair with this classic, metallic hue for millennia. In fact, it was first used to fashion decorative objects in 4,000 B.C.! It was then used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and every great civilization since then. And now it’s making a modern day comeback in home interiors.
Long a symbol of wealth, luxury and success, the use of gold accents in interiors is timeless and elegant. The key to its successful use is the right tone–it varies from bright yellow to a darker, burnished hue–place and combination.
Its placement can easily become excessive, so I always take a less is more approach. A little bit of gold goes a long way.
Another of my personal favorites is a metallic mix of gold and silver (no, you no longer have to choose one or the other). The juxtaposition of these warm and cool metals is stunning! The key to a successful combination of the two is in the balance. For example:
In smaller spaces, I use gold on the top and bottom of the room and silver in the middle (or vice versa), giving the combination a sense of equilibrium.
In large rooms, I divide up the space by making gold more dominant in one area and silver in the other.
And for a more subtle approach, I translate the metallic hues into paint on the walls and ceiling.
Click here to view my “Gold Is On Trend Again” Pinterest board, featuring a selection of my favorite gold home accents.