10 Glam Design Ideas Using Trending Gold Finishes

Go for the gold with these new ways to use gold leaf, paint or accessories to add a luminous look to rooms and furniture.

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Contemporary Cool

"The antique gold frames not only elevate the richness of the new finishes that surround it but also ground them in a collected interior," says designer Steven Leonard of R Hughes of the power of gold touches in this room. The geometric gold shapes of the light fixtures also bring an Art Deco feel into a luxurious space with dark wood walls and floors and a walnut wood credenza. For a finishing touch, a watercolor is framed in a repurposed antique gilt frame.

Theatrical Touch

Make the ceiling the star. Gold leaf accents send guests back to the 1970s in this luxurious, party-worthy space. The gold-foil ceiling creates visual height while a dark gold-foil cork wallcovering helps reduce the sound. The space by B.A. Torrey for a Kips Bay Decorator Show House is sultry, yet sophisticated, and full of contrasting texture, from plush velvet upholstery to gold light fixtures. The result is playful and exciting for entertaining, day or night.

From Flat to Fab

The process of gilding has been around for centuries, which makes it an exceptional choice for bringing in a little glam without overwhelming the space, says Jenny Rothman of Rothman and Rothman Design. For example, behind the built-in bookshelf, she used a gilded fresco wallpaper to elevate otherwise flat surfaces. The sophisticated dining room also has a gold leaf light fixture and a French trumeau. "Gold leaf is much easier to incorporate than some of the brash gold tones of the past," she says. "It has a subtle luminosity that allows it to mix well with other metallic finishes and accent surrounding color."

Gilt Gallery

"The French gilt mirror above is grand and anchors that wall," says designer Patricia McLean of Patricia McLean Interiors. The bedroom she designed for a Home for the Holidays house in Atlanta is elevated by gold-leaf pieces. French gilded candlesticks were wired as table lamps to give height to the cream-painted chest. Antique botanical prints by Abraham Munting and Dutch landscapes are accented with gilt rope frames that complete the scheme, says McLean, who nicknamed the room "The Classic Corner."

Extra Embellishment

Bands of gold leaf transform papier-maché vessels from raw pieces into glittering accents in a den inspired by texture. Horizontal stripes and sharp angles add more visual interest to the composed, tranquil space by B.D. Jeffries Design Group for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse in Atlanta.

Yellow Tint

Gold looks aren't all the same. Yellow gold leaf distinguishes a bench with a gold leaf frame and feet in a lounge designed by Amy Morris for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse. Gold touches, including the branch-style chandelier, give the room depth and character, blending the delicate pale pink walls with the furnishings' rust hues.

Light Hand

"Fine gilded accessories and accent pieces that are feminine and delicate contribute to the richness of a room," says Elizabeth Carson of Charlotte Lucas Interior Design. The gold-leaf mirror accentuates the brass legs on the antique bar cart while the soft blue floral wallpaper is adorned with gold leaf detailing. "Gilding adds a dimension that flat paint does not offer," Carson adds.

No-Guilt Gilt

A gilded ceiling reflects natural light and further brightens the eclectic, print-filled living room by Madcap Cottage. The designers recommend a bit of gilt, which in this room includes the gold-leaf mirror, in spaces with a lot of brown hues and wood.

Welcoming Richness

Even with a dominant wallpaper, such as this covering depicting the Italian countryside, designers use gold leaf lighting for richness. The entrance by Michael Herold Design for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City lends a global sensibility while giving guests another reason to appreciate art, antiques and accents of gold.

Shining Moment

Gold paint on the edges of a commanding black Chinoiserie cabinet grabs attention and exudes timeless character. Amy Morris Interiors adds height to this classically inspired living space by centering the piece under coordinating black and gold frames.

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