Gold is timeless, it is an element that has been part of human history since the dawn of the first major civilizations. It has used as monetary exchange, as a safe investment, as jewellery, even as medicine and food.
It has also been a favourite with interior designers for centuries - and now it's making a comeback. Not in the extravagant, even over the top way it was used at the Palace of Versailles perhaps, but in subtle, clever ways that will give your home a sense of elegance and timelessness.
Gold lighting, gold chairs and gold finishes are all incredible accessories for any room. As a colour gold is very approachable and can be combined with other hues to match the look and feel of your home.
Majestic, and trendy
For example, teamed with white, you can create a divine, even heavenly look, while purple and gold is majestic. Red and gold have been paired since ancient Asia as a sign of wealth and power. Nowadays they’re used together in interior design for warm, elegant rooms.
Turquoise has been making the rounds this year as one of the top must-have colours and it pairs beautifully with gold, to produce a truly sophisticated look, that says 'trendy yet timeless'. Or try pairing gold with this year's other HOT colour, navy blue. The gold stops the blue from looking too nautical!
Although temporarily overshadowed by a period of silver, chrome and nickel, gold has made a triumphant comeback in the design world. The cultured and regal aesthetic of this vibrant precious metal has proven to be timeless and enduring in its appeal.
Decor pieces in rich gold are a lovely addition to a neutral environment, and appear almost luminous in the soft glow of diffused, natural light.
And gilded furniture is undeniably opulent, adding a certain something to a romantic bedroom or traditional lounge.
Mix and match your metals
From sink taps, handles, lighting fixtures, picture frames, through to furniture, gold is back with a vengeance this year. If you're tempted, take a look at some online design ideas, as it's a look you really need to get right.
Going all gold may work in some larger homes, but as a general rule of thumb it's better to mix and match gold with silvers, stainless steel, wrought iron and coppers.
If you don’t fancy a whole new fit-out of fixtures, try introducing small touches, such as revitalising an old frame with gold paint or leaf, repurposing an old chest of drawers with gold handles or adding a gold cushion into the mix.
Whether you prefer to shop at trendy designer stores, or your local antiques shop, this is a look that can be easily achieved with some thought and a few choice pieces.
It's also a great excuse to get into some DIY and experiment with some of today's amazing new paints.