FEATURED ALL ABOUT HOME ARTICLE FROM JANUARY 2013 issue

DECORATING IN GOLD
January 2013

There used to be times when affluent people preferred palace-style interiors every square centimetre. Gold matches any style of decor, be it classic or modern, but most of all, eclectic. The modern trend called "golden decor" means not gilding everything in sight but exclusively in the details. This precious metal has time-honoured value; and true luxury comes from exquisite taste, balance, and moderation.

GILDED FURNITURE

Classic use of gilding on the surfaces of wood furniture is still valid even though a darker and quieter shine that can be conditionally named "old gold" has replaced the bright yellow one. This tone may be either shiny or dull. Small distressed spots on the surface of gilded furniture, be it a modern or antique piece, are the signs of the fashionable Shabby Chic style.

PICTURE FRAMES

If the decor is almost complete and only lacking some details, add paintings, posters, of photographs in gold-colour frames. You can even hang frames without any contents. Prints and black-and-white photos look their best when framed in gold, especially on a solid black wall.

GILDED MIRROR FRAMES

Gold and mirror have their own unique ability to reflect their surroundings. Their combination is classic, so try to experiment with it – for example, enclose a mirror in a gold frame and hang over a mirrored-surface vanity or place a gilded mirror in the shape of the sun over the fireplace.

GOLD CHANDELIER

Gilded chandeliers hung in luxurious rooms of old used to be huge. They are not as elaborate now but they come in very interesting shapes and forms. For example, a chandelier made of golden glass beads strung over dozens of gold threads or a minimalistic shade painted gold on the inside so that the colours and lights are interestingly refracted.

TRENDY COMBINATION OF GOLD AND OTHER COLOURS

The gold and gray combination is one of the trendiest because gray always creates an uneven space against which a few gold elements look very elegant no matter whether we are talking a classic floor lamp, the base of a table lamp, or a heavy mirror frame.

The magic phrase "chocolate-and-gold" is associated with comfort and warmth. This combination is suitable for a private room – the den or the bedroom. Gold reflects various shades of chocolate, either black or milk, adding spots of light.

AN UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF GOLD WITH TURQUOISE IS PLAINLY PERFECT

Gold is very good for the monochrome decor by softening the contrast between black and white and attracting attention.

GOLD AS AN OBJEC-D-ART

Some modern artists work with gold-colour canvasses and paints.

GOLD TEXTILES

Use fabrics of golden-brown, light yellow, and ochre tones with light metallic sheen or add golden tone accessories, like cushions, curtains, bed linens, coverlet, and furniture upholstery.