Going Gold

We’re feeling a little flashy today so we’re going to show you how you can decorate with golden tones. Now before you wince…we’re not talking about extravagant rooms filled with 24-karat gold leaf furnishings…that’s a bit much, don’t you think? Instead, we want to show you some ways that you can incorporate gold into your room in small, subtle ways. Remember, a little gold goes a long way. Just ask your wife.

This first room by Apartment Therapy uses gold and brass accents in the kitchen. It’s just enough to add that shine and draw the eye to the light fixture.

Accents of Gold and Brass from Apartment Therapy New York2

Another room by Apartment therapy uses one gold ottoman as an accent piece under the brass chandelier.

Accents of Gold and Brass from Apartment Therapy New York

You can find a number of mirrors and wall art that would work well in this space but I especially like the bursts of smaller mirrors here.

Gold Room Accents from Apartment Therapy Main by alex

Decorology does a bold gold wall painting here. The metallic paint reflects the light really well in the space.

Gorgeous European Interiors from decorology

One of the easiest ways to use gold is in picture frames and accessories such as candlesticks. When collecting frames and accessories for groupings like this, the key is to have similar tones but different designs and sizes.

Inspired By… from decor8 by decor8

Here’s a cool way to display gold-edged books. This room from Cote de Texas uses gold in most every area of this room but it’s not overpowering at all. Instead, it makes it all coherent and gives the eye several different spaces to discover.

J. Randall Powers - Houston's Finest from COTE DE TEXAS copy

What if you don’t like gold? Well, you can use golden tones such as the couch and rug without using the bright yellow gold. Muted gold tones also work really well with brass accessories and dark woods.

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Don’t have any gold accessories on hand? Do it yourself! Find a great table or chair at a flea market or yard sale and give it a few coats of paint…voila! You get the look of luxury without the price tag. Coco & Kelley found this table for a great price at urban outfitters and with a little gold paint it will be a perfect replica of the beautiful side table in this inspiring picture!

ON THE SIDE from coco+kelley by cassandra

This dining room from Cote de Texas uses a sideboard and a few gold-rimmed glass lanterns and goblets to give this space a little shine.

Pink House, Part III from COTE DE TEXAS2 copy

Bright golden picture frames above this bed really make the space feel open and fun. Also, you may notice that when you use the brighter golden tones in decor, you can easily pair them with brighter colors such as reds and purples. Thanks to Coco + Kelley.

Red in the Bed(room) from coco+kelley by cassandra

Another room by Coco + Kelley uses gold hardware on the furniture and one golden accessory over the window. This is such a calming bedroom!

ROOM OF THE WEEK 2.25 from coco+kelley by cassandra

So, where’s the gold? If you look closely, there are golden tones throughout this room. The table of the left has a golden design, the carpet has neutral and golden tones, and I believe the ceiling even has a slight muted metallic sheen. Very classy.

Room of the Week 11.12 from coco+kelley

Ok, this one is more obvious and you can do that if you have open spaces like this. I really like how the gold winds through different areas and is repeated again on the ceiling. The reason this works so well is that there aren’t any other bright areas of color used. If there were, they’d be competing and it wouldn’t look so clean. These two pictures are from Design Milk.

SANTPERE47 in Spain by Miel Arquitectos from Design Milk2

SANTPERE47 in Spain by Miel Arquitectos from Design Milk

This intimate dining space from Coco + Kelley use gold in the lighting fixtures. Just imagine what the room would look like if the pendant lights were another color, such as black or gray…it would look drab and the gray walls would be overpowering. Just a little gold can really change the feel of any space.

Swooning for Studio Ilse's Neutral Metallics from coco+kelley



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