Decorating With Gold
Gilded accents are hot.
Abstract artwork and chinoiserie vases add interest to an all-white space.
Simple white cotton upholstery creates an interesting contrast with the formal gold frame of this settee. Dressed up with a mix of brightly patterned throw pillows, this antique piece is at home in a modern living room.
Warm up white with understated hits of gold.
Delicate golden birds printed on the wallpaper, a metallic sheen on the French château-style bed frame and a brushed gold Moroccan-style pendant light fixture make this monochromatic bedroom glow. The dramatic mosaic bust in white gold is a bold touch in an otherwise restrained space.
Update antiques with bright, modern fabrics.
Anna Spiro, creator and author of the design blog Absolutely Beautiful Things, had this antique gilded chair custom upholstered in a vibrant striped fabric. The contemporary print creates an interesting effect when paired with the formal frame of a bergere chair. See the rest of Anna’s house in our May 2010 issue.
See more great ideas for using gold as an accent in our Decorating With Gold gallery.
Add a subtle sheen to your walls with metallic gold wallpaper.
“I fell in love with the pattern of this wallpaper and was determined to use it,” says homeowner, stylist and regular H&H contributor Arren Williams. “Inspired by a vintage 1950s fabric, it really fits in with our aesthetic. And its livable, soft metallic tones add warmth and offset other colours in the room, like the bold turquoise of the vintage lamp and the purple of Spot’s dog bed.”
Find more inspiration in our photo gallery of Arren Williams’ Houses and get more great ideas for using gold as an accent in our Decorating With Gold gallery. Plus, see more of this space in our video tour.
Create vignettes to display personal treasures.
“I got this mirror in a trade for an old computer from a friend of mine, who’d had the mirror forever,” says House & Home editor in Suzanne Dimma. “It was falling apart, in a state of total disrepair. I had an artisan re-make it, by creating molds of the one side that was intact and duplicating it on the other side and re-guilding the entire thing. The entire top of the mirror was missing, and it was rebuilt by hand. It was a labour of love, but it’s beautiful because it looks like it could have been imported from a French antique store.” Now hanging in her living room, the mirror takes pride of place with books and other curios, including an antique clock that belonged to Suzanne’s grandmother.
See more rooms from Suzanne’s new house, plus her old house, in our gallery of Suzanne’s houses.
Silk upholstery and a gold-leafed, carved frame create a feminine luxe bed.
Intricate floral etchings on this French chateau style bed only add to the glamour of its raw silk and damask tufted upholstery, scrolled feet and gilded mahogany frame. Entirely hand-crafted, this is an investment piece that will make a statement in any open-concept space or enclosed bedroom. Look for similar styles at your local antique shops.
Chateau Bedstead. Mahogany, silk. Queen size: 48″ h. x 63″ w. x 84″ d. Through Graham & Green.
See more statement beds in our photo gallery.
Playing up classic elements in a small bathroom adds impact.
Matt Carr and Joyce Lo boosted the old world appeal of their Victorian home’s bathroom by adding antique gold accessories to work with the textured wall and chair rail, hex-tiled floor and black pedestal bathtub. The result is a one-of-a-kind, vintage look.
Combine modern and traditional design for a stunning space.
“I love the architectural details of this living room,” says Jen Ramos, author of the popular design blog MadeByGirl. “The wainscotting, ornate ceiling medallion and colonial mantle all add interest to this living room. The mix of the new and old pieces of furniture adds a great deal of character too, even with the minimal colour palette.” A playful zebra-striped rug adds a hit of pattern and contrast with the dark floors.
An amethyst-hued rug and pillows and gold accents add rich colour and glamour to this space.
Purple mohair, velvet and satin accents contrast beautifully against a moleskin-brown sofa and drapes. A simple coffee table and side table keep the look classic.
Luxe details in the beauty mogul’s closet include a vintage chandelier, mirrored dresser and a brass desk.
“Most people would have added a feminine French vanity and chair to a dressing room lined with romantic, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper,” says New York interior designer Heather Clawson, author of the popular blog, Habitually Chic. “I love that Aerin Lauder brought in a clean-lined, Italian brass desk from the 1970s by designer and architect Gabriella Crespi, instead. It picks up the gold in the paper without looking too girly or matchy-matchy. It’s the chicest closet I have ever seen.”
See more of Clawson’s favourite interiors in our photo gallery.
A ho-hum table passes as a glam antique when gilded with inexpensive gold leaf.
Fresh wallpaper and a tailored settee work perfectly with this metallic coffee table. To learn how to create your own DIY gold leaf accent pieces, watch Michael Penney demonstrate on Online TV. Wear will occur over time, giving them the character of an heirloom.