How to Decorate with Gold

better-decorating-bible The luxurious metallic shimmer of gold has been making a comeback in interior design. There are a wide range of ways you can bring gold into your own home designs, from simple gold embroidery on a throw pillow to broad, gold leaf accented furnishings. Depending on your design preference, you can use gold as the theme of a room, or you can incorporate a sprinkling of it here and there to add warmth and elegance. Fall is the ideal season to add a little gold to your interior decor because it blends well with other autumnal colors like deep reds, firey oranges and chocolaty browns.

Here are some tips and tricks for using gold accents to enhance your living spaces.

In the dining room. Your formal dining room is the ideal place to begin playing with gold accents. The dining room is a place where time stops, and we remember the etiquette and traditions that have surrounded formal meals for centuries upon centuries. In this dining room, the only permanent gold accent is the stunning chandelier. Now, the homeowners can choose to use centerpieces or place settings to enhance the gold ambiance. Adding agold leaf silk screen as a wall hanging is a non-permanent way to add a dramatic burst of gold that can be removed when you are ready for something different.

In the living room. If you find the right hue, a gold-tinged paint can set a warm and bright tone for your living room space. It will soften the light and works well with a variety of other furnishing colors. If a gold paint color is too much gold for your taste, then you can work gold into other furnishings and accents. In this living room, the gold printed window treatments make a beautiful contrast with the deep blue furniture.

In the bedroom. The bedroom is another wonderful place to add gold accents. It’s warm and sensual, creating an environment that can be as relaxing or as mood enhancing as you want it to be. Like the living room, you can choose to make gold the predominant theme, by using gold paints, a gold patterned wallpaper, and/or gold textiles. Your room can ensconce you with golden energy if you like, and by choosing the right mix of pale golds and non-metallics, the effect won’t be overwhelming. On the flip side, you can add gold accents to a blend of other metallics to warm them up. From the gold wall “head board” frame, to the subtle gold accents in the wall paper, this guest bedroom has a tasteful blend of metallics and neutrals.

DIY Gold leafing. Gold leafing is actually a relatively simple process, but it does require time and patience. If you want to begin adding gold accents to your home design, you can start by dressing up old picture frames and mirrors, using gold leaf. Even that old, plastic honey bear can be gold leafedand transformed into a vase. Here are instructions for a DIY gold leaf frame. You can build your gold leaf repertoire from there.

What are some of the ways you have incorporated gold into your interior design? Share your comments below – we’d love to hear them.

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