Monday, September 20, 2010

Craving: Gold Accents

I don't know if it's the upcoming season of Autumn, and all the intrinsic references to warm colors, but I'm seriously craving Gold. Specifically, the metallic. After several years of being in the "un-cool" kids club of design, gold has made a comeback. We're seeing it from the subtle beauty that is worn, unlacquered brass, to the bright-blingy bling bling that designers like Wearstler use as signature.
I'm all aboard this choo-choo train. I like that gold can up the glamour quotient of an already pretty room.
gilded furniture via the goodsdesign blog
The gilded accents on the furniture make this room feel like a jewel box.

jan showers gold lamp
The golden inside of the lampshade adds just the right amount of luxury

But, I also admire how gold can keep a rustic or worn interior from feeling drab. Since gold is a neutral, it's also amazingly versatile across the color board.
Like all things metallic, though, it's best to let one or two items shine, or you'll end up with something like this:
On the subtle end of the spectrum there's natural brass - especially appealing in the kitchen and bath.
I spy some faucet love in this wondey-ful kitchen.

What about a never-out-of-reach towel bar post-dishwashing. Form AND function, peeps - it's a good thing! (copyright, Martha)
Versailles-kitchen with continuous bar via Morn. T

Taking clever to a whole new level - Brass pipe fittings-cum-cabinet-pulls
ugi brass cabinet hardware

If you've got a bath overhaul in the works, don't disparage the old-world warmth brass hardware can bring. I'm talking something like this
glorious bath via prettystuff

Not, I repeat, NOT this:

Stepping it up a notch to full-on gold. To me, this is touch-of-gold perfectly executed.
Unexpected and bold. Love 'em.
mozart-carolyn-quartermaine- via trouvais blog

Sometimes, the gold craving can get you into way out-of-budget areas, like these gilded pink quartz bookends by Eduardo Garza. However, did you see how these gals did their own version?

And speaking of budget busters - this headboard from 1st Dibs. Good thing it was sold; the price would've made my eyeballs pop out. This is a gold "fix" on 'roids.
brass headboard via home 1stdibs
1st dibs

Watch out, Casa Giese! I've got some liquid gold, and I'm not afraid to use it!
To Be Continued...


Rachael said...

I love gold, especially for accents like this...Love that blue dresser too!

Belly said...

I love gold/brass accents! Great roundup + tips.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have always like a touch of gold or brass. I just think you have to use it sparingly. Great post. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

I love these images...not too much gold...just enough to give it that pop of bling!


Raina Cox said...

I'm feelin' it, too!

Those are some drool-worthy photos you've rounded up.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Love the injections of gold, especially like in that first room and on that blue dresser!

my favorite and my best said...

yum. when you get the new elle decor there is a section dedicated to black and gold and it's goooood..

Minnie said...

Glad to see gold making a sort of comeback. Great images you've chosen here. I've been against gold tone anything, but slowly it has been making its way into my home. First, on the frame of a lovely oversized painting that hangs in my bedroom, a thrift store find. I'd been planning to paint it, but I've grown to like the bling it adds to my bedroom.

Jen of Made By Girl said...

There was a time where i would never have opted for gold accents, now i like it! Especially gold drawer pulls!

Laura said...

Hi Alison!I read and comment you for the first time today!!! I'm goin'on reading your blog for about 2's beautiful!!! I really love gold, too!!!! Gold accents are chic and distinctive of such a strong personality!
I follow you!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

i adore that high gloss blue side table, stunning!