Gold is the New Black

For years and years, gold (or other warm metals like brass) was not a color popularly used in interior design. It was considered outdated, even tacky to most people. Innovations in manufacturing, emergence of clean, modern design, and a need for warm and stimulating interiors have created the perfect storm to bring gold back full force. No longer old fashioned, gold is once again a sign of luxury, glamour and modernity.

Now, we can say gold is everywhere but that’s a little hard to imagine. Rooms aren’t exactly decked out in gold from floor to ceiling, but they do have a strong presence overall. So where exactly are we seeing gold trends?

First, we see it in lighting. The bold, warm, color combined with the right design makes a gold fixture an instant statement piece. Be it a chandelier, pendant, sconce, or lamp, the combination of the strong color and naturally eye-catching light is an effortless way to create a bit of drama.

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Second, we’re seeing gold in furniture. The application in this area is going to be more subtle–you probably won’t see a completely gold twelve-seat dining table. Accents of gold on a table, gold pulls on a chest, or smaller furniture pieces in gold can change a style from rustic to glam, a color scheme from cold to balanced, or add the perfect touch of luxury.

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Third, gold is the perfect finish for decor and accessories. Especially if you’re just jumping onto this trend, accessories are a great way to start adding in a new color to an existing design. No one likes a bare coffee table or a boring nightstand, and gold accessories are the perfect addition to create a stylish vignette. Other decor items like art and mirrors bring warmth to a space and can easily be changed out as your style evolves.

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Finally, we want to address how people are using gold. Yes, they’re using it in lighting and furniture and accessories, but not necessarily all at once. Mixing metallic finishes is also a major trend at the moment, and it’s another reason this gold trend is working so well. A lot of gold in a room can look overwhelming, but mixing it with other finishes and creating a more eclectic, balanced look is the way to create enviable design.

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How do you see yourself adding gold into your designs? Do you think this is a trend that will stay, or just another fad?

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