Trendy Tuesday: Solid Gold

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By Nicole K.

What do you think of when you hear the word “gold”? Does it inspire thoughts of luxury, wealth, and opulence? Do you think fondly about a favorite piece of jewelry? Or do you crinkle up your nose because it reminds you of that old light fixture in your dining room that you just can’t wait to replace?

For a large majority of my life, I have definitely shied away from gold. But as I learn to embrace color—all colors—I am finding a place for gold, too. I will probably always prefer stark silver and crisp white to the more traditional shades of gold and bronze… but in the right doses, I think I can learn to like gold, too.

Pops of glamorous, glittering gold are emerging in the world of home decor in new ways. It’s certainly true that we’ve collectively moved away from gold-plated outlets and light switches, and that even gold lighting can look outdated and stale, but it can’t hurt to bring back this luxurious shade in combination with other trending colors.

image from Sarah Hearts

image from Sarah Hearts

These stenciled white and gold pillows bring glamour to a couch without looking gaudy. The white pillow cover softens the metallic fabric paint, keeping it from overwhelming the space. (I love that gold chevron lampshade, too!)

image from Radical Possibility

image from Radical Possibility

And this end table with gold-dipped legs looks fresh, clean, and yet a little glitzy with a bright metallic shine on the bottom of its legs. Would you have ever guessed that this $10 table once lived in a hotel room?

image from deer circus

image from deer circus

A quick coat of metallic gold spray paint elevates this mason jar from simple to sublime. This is a fast way to add a touch of gold to a desk or end table… and it’s yet another use for a mason jar, so what’s not to love?

image from For Chic Sake

image from For Chic Sake

And these DIY decorative bowls with spray painted insides are easy to make, and would look beautiful in an office or bedroom. Wouldn’t it be nice to toss your paper clips or beauty supplies into something sparkling and showy like these?

Petal Pusher wallpaper from Hygge & West

Petal Pusher wallpaper from Hygge & West

Of course, if you really want to take the plunge with gold—if you’re not afraid of it like I am—you can cover a wall in it. This gorgeous wallpaper could serve as a dramatic yet playful backdrop to a variety of rooms, from nurseries to living spaces to that tiny hall bathroom.

our Cherry Blossom Tree giant wall decal

our Cherry Blossom Tree giant wall decal

Or dip your toes in the water a little bit before you jump in: our Cherry Blossom wall decal is removable and repositionable, allowing you to add wall decor with a metallic sheen without the fear of long-term commitment. If you’re not convinced that gold is the right color for you, just simply take the tree down and move it to a new spot. (Or use it as a stencil like Kim did!)

What are your thoughts on this decorating trend? Are you planning to build a house of gold, or would you like to introduce pops of metallic glamour via one of the decorating methods above? Feel free to comment with your thoughts. In the meantime, I’ll be introducing this shade into my daily routine in the way that feels most comfortable to me…

hey, who doesn't like new stationery?

hey, who doesn’t like new stationery?

Can’t get enough gold? Check out our All That Glitters board on Pinterest for more home decorating options featuring your favorite glamorous shade.

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