When we think gold, “subtle” isn’t the first word that comes to mind — more like “glitzy,” “glam,” and even a little bit “gaudy.” But right now, gold is having a moment. A subtle moment much in the same way that Audrey Hepburn might have a moment. It’s understated and it’s elegant.
Gone are the gilded picture frames and painted figurines of stuffy old houses. This color is now making an appearance in modern decorative accents, like geode slice coasters with a gold leaf edge or gold candlesticks with a straight, modern silhouette.
We’ll look at how different interior design styles are incorporating this haute color, and share our favorite gold accents to add subtle sophistication to any space.
How to incorporate gold accents into your home decor style
Here’s a subtle design fact: Nearly every room in your house has items with a metallic finish. From the faucet in your kitchen to the hardware on your dresser, there’s plenty of opportunity to swap out brushed nickel and add a bit of gold to your color scheme instead.
But how can you be sure it’ll match the room? Use these design ideas to make this elegant color fit with your interior design style.
- Boho: Bohemian style is all about eclectic, global touches. Try adding gold hardware to carved wood pieces or even incorporating gold leaf or a gold stencil onto the raised or recessed sections of your furniture for a DIY gold finish.
- Glam: Glamorous home decor embraces luxury in every room, so gold is a natural fit. Try placing gold and glass lamps on your mirror side table or a gold decorative tray on your velvet ottoman. Crystal and gold chandeliers are always a welcome addition.
- Traditional: With their rolled-armed sofas and grand bookcases, traditional homes are an ideal place for antique gold picture frames around the wall art and gold candleholders on the mantel.
- Transitional: Halfway between traditional and modern style, a transitional home will look elegant with a gold candelabra or chandelier in a less ornate silhouette than you’d choose for a traditional home. You could also incorporate gold and glass coffee and side tables or gold button tufting on your sofa.
- Rustic: While your first thought for a rustic home may be worn pewter or antique copper, antique gold finishes also work well. Pair gold decor with stone and dark wood tones or try adding an unexpected touch of gold to decorative objects like antlers or driftwood.
- Industrial: For a high-end interpretation of industrial design, swap out iron for gold finishes. Try this with the signature industrial wall decor — plumbing pipe bookshelves — and with any other item where industrial material could benefit from an upscale update.
- Farmhouse: To keep gold on theme with your modern farmhouse decor, make subtle swaps. Choose gold hardware for your faucets and cabinet knobs, add plain gold candlesticks or candelabras, make gold decorative balls the centerpiece of your farmhouse table, or add gold lettering (instead of black or white) to your farmhouse signs.
- French country: The traditional version of farmhouse style, French country style pairs rustic furniture with unexpected glamor. Try adding a gold and crystal chandelier above your dining room table, or place flowers in an unexpectedly elegant gold vase.
- Art Deco: One of the most glamorous vintage home decor styles, you can’t do Art Deco style without gold. Add geometric prints outlined in gold, like a throw pillow or area rug in black and gold. Also try a geometric, gold hexagon mirror.
- Hollywood Regency: For a signature Hollywood Regency piece, try adding a light fixture, like a gold and ostrich feather floor lamp, or include a piece of Chinoiserie, like a Chinese ceramic vase with touches of gold incorporated in the pattern.
- Modern: The modern style embraces industrialized materials like metal and glass in silhouettes with clean lines. Try adding gold by choosing furniture with square silhouettes and simple gold metal frames.
- Mid-century modern: The world can’t get enough of mid-mod style, and neither can we. Get this look by pairing gold accents with wood furniture that features clean lines and hairpin legs. Try adding a gold, minimalist reading lamp to your tabletop to complete the look.
Our 6 favorite gold accent pieces for any room in your house
Now that you know how to mix gold into your favorite home decor style, find the ideal piece to inspire your upscale update. Here are the gold accent pieces we can’t get enough of right now.
1. Two-Door Accent Cabinet in White and Gold
The gold latticework and gold metal knobs stand out on this two-door white cabinet. The silhouette and intricate pattern would pair well with a boho, Art Deco, or Hollywood Regency home. It makes an ideal hutch in the dining room or offers added storage in your home office.
2. 2-Piece Round Nesting Table in Clear and Gold
Add this two-piece table set to your living room to take care of your coffee table and end table needs in less space. The combination of metallic gold and a tempered glass tabletop will keep your room feeling light and bright.
3. Channel Tufted Cushion Bench in Dark Grey and Gold
The combination of gold with a dark, saturated color is a classic feature of both Art Deco and Hollywood Regency style, and the combo of velvet and gold means this tufted bench works with your glam decor as well. Add it to your entryway to make a statement or place a decorative tray on top and use it in place of a coffee table.
4. Glass Shelf Bookcase in Polished Gold
The elegant, minimalist silhouette on this gold and glass bookcase makes it perfect for transitional, modern, mid-century, and glam interior design styles. Add a little extra glamor with a set of gold bookends.
5. Two-Drawer Console Table in Black and Gold
Furniture doesn’t get more dramatic than this black and gold accent table. The geometric lines of both the table’s silhouette and the gold accent around the drawers makes this piece a match for both modern and Art Deco home decor.
6. Drum Shade Floor Lamp in White and Gold
A subtle gold accent for any transitional, modern, or mid-century style home, this floor lamp transforms any corner into your favorite reading nook. It’s the ideal piece for anyone who wants to start experimenting with gold but isn’t ready to make this color a centerpiece of their home decor.
We love your accent
As you start to incorporate gold accents into your room decor, trust your instincts. Your individuality is golden, and that should be the centerpiece of your home decor. It’s what makes your space a unique work of art.
Look for gold home accents that you simply can’t live without. Then, incorporate them into your existing decor or let them inspire your next design idea.
While the internet has plenty of gold decorative objects to offer, the best way to find something you love is to see it in person. (That way you know that it’s as good in real life as it is in the pictures.) Head to your local Coaster Furniture store to find the perfect accent piece and support local businesses at the same time. Now that’s the gold standard of home decor.
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