10 Bold Black and Gold Rooms

Designers pair black and this shiny metal for a dramatic, and at times, daring approach to bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges and sitting rooms.

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Luxury Lounge

A graphite grasscloth wallcovering adds drama to this lounge designed by Brian Watford for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. The wallcovering, from Phillip Jeffries’ Nailed It collection, has gold rivets.

Spectacular Sitting Room

This luxury sitting room by Steilish Interiors & Architecture for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has a gold, black and blush palette. The floors are black stone tiles. The block wallpaper by Strié was hand torn and then applied to depict a stone facade. The ceiling has a branch pattern, and the oversized photograph is of Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Siena, Italy. The room also has angular and curved furniture in blush and gold tones.

Master Bathroom Redux

A classic white-and-black master bathroom gets a twist with modern fabrics. The Biedermeier sofa, located in the tub's former spot, was recovered in Scalamandre fabric by Kandrac & Kole Interior Designs and painted with a light gold hue. The window treatment fabric is from Lacefield Designs. “I love the juxtaposition of modern fabrics mixed with antiques and I decided on gold to be my ‘pop of color,’” says designer Joann Kandrac.

English Regency Dazzler

Black and gold is a key part of the English Regency-style aesthetic. This elegant master bathroom by designer Patricia McLean has sleek surfaces, including the black porcelain sink, tile and marble baseboards. Black customized full-panel shutters and a Regency-style bookcase with a black wax finish add polish. “I tend to offset black and gold furniture, paint finishes and drapery rods with a good dose of brown furniture as well,” she says. “The mahogany and walnut tones can help balance the boldness of black and gold together.”

Contemporary in the City

The gold metals on the bed, lamp and campaign nightstand shine in this condo bedroom. The black and white “Queen of Spain” wallpaper is by Schumacher. “We loved how bold the paper was and wanted to pair it with gold and muted blushes to create a bold, yet inviting, bedroom,” says Gabriela Eisenhart, who co-owns Wake + Loom Design with Holly Conlan.

Glam Dressing Space

The dressing room, with its high-gloss black floating vanity and white and gold chair, create a clean aesthetic with a Hollywood Regency vibe. Designer Shawn Amtower paired the custom acrylic dressing table with a white and gold counter stool. “My overall aesthetic is a clean mix of modern and traditional with a bit of an edge … pulling inspiration mostly from the world of fashion and art,” Amtower says.

Fresh Take on Laundry

A contemporary wallcovering by Phillip Jefferies in a gold and black honeycomb pattern is in a sophisticated laundry room created by designer Minhnuyet Hardy. The room, which also had a gold oblong mirror, was in a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta. “I wanted to show that glamour and style can coexist harmoniously in the most common multifunctional of spaces, and it can be beautiful as well as functional,” Hardy says.

Wallpapered Warmth

This classic contemporary bathroom has wallpaper with a gold foil and black faux grasscloth design. Amy Youngblood Interiors also brought in horned and geometric sconces in gold.

Tropical Flair

Designer Elsbeth Crielaard paired a tropical flamingo wallcovering by Arte in black and gold with modern black and gold furniture and fixtures. The chair is by Pols Potten, and the cushion and lamp are from Dutchbone. “We love this palette because it is a distinguished wallpaper pattern, which fits in a tropical boutique atmosphere,” she said.

Tailored Style

An oversized custom tufted headboard with a high-gloss black frame and gold accents are key elements in a master bedroom. The room was designed to have the look of a luxury hotel, says designer Jessica Laine Duncan with Manor & Laine. “The tricky part for me, and often with many clients in new construction homes, is that I come in post construction to furnish and accessorize to give the home charm and sense of ‘lived in’ character,” says designer Jessica Laine Duncan. She designed and custom built the headboard with custom pillows.

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