Gold accents are a hot trend right now and we dare say that this classy trend may be here to stay. Luckily, there are some easy, fun and surprisingly inexpensive steps you can take to add gold to your living space.
Decorating with gold accents can be tricky, you never know what qualifies as too much or too less. The trick behind getting your gold decor right is achieving the right balance. Here’s how and where to use it to create a finish that’s subtly stylish.
IT MAKES WALLS GLEAM
Why use gold or any metallic on a wall? It reflects and catches the light, which makes it perfect for a dim space. It can even make a small room feel larger.
PERFECT MATCH WITH BOHO DECOR
Gold really lends itself to an eclectic vintage look. Use just a few pieces, such as a small, ornate frame, a statuette or a candlestick or two. These details will lift the design instantly without overpowering it.
SUBTLE AND MODERN
Gold chandeliers needn’t be ornate, though those work brilliantly in traditional or vintage-style spaces. Contemporary or midcentury modern chandeliers like this one are perfect for a more minimalist design.
WORKS IN SMALL DOSES
Unless you’re going for full-on, gold usually works best in small, subtle doses. So if you’ve hung pictures with gold in them, add just a couple of dashes elsewhere to give the design unity, and just stop there.
IT’S NOT AS SHOWY AS YOU THINK
For an on-trend look, search for an aged, antiqued or warm yellow gold that’s dull or matte in finish. Anything too bright, shiny or brassy will be hard to comfortably match with jewel tones.
CONTRAST WITH DARK COLORS
If you want your gold-tinged design to look its best, keep the color scheme around it simple, with the dark background shade complemented by just one other accent.
ENLIVENS A PLAIN ROOM
Contemporary neutral color schemes are so easy to live with and update, but they can lack warmth and depth. So why not solve that issue by making a piece of furniture in a striking gold tone a focal point?
IT WORKS LIKE ARTIFICIAL LIGHT
Aim for a yellow-gold paint for a contemporary scheme or a gold leaf-style wallpaper for a more traditional room. Just ensure that the gold leaf doesn’t look brown against your wall.
GREAT FOCAL POINT
Hanging a gold-framed mirror over a mantel is a classic way to add opulence to a room. Allow it to be the focus of the design, rather than have it fight for attention.
If you went for an all-gray living room but have a nagging feeling that the resulting design is a little cold and impersonal for a living space, simply adding a splash of gold can be a wonderful rescue remedy.
Gold is a beautiful decorative accent in any part of your home. You don’t need to gild everything in sight to get a gorgeously glittering look, unless you want to! Even simple touches here and there can create just the right sparkle.