Gold – Autumn’s Aureate

Cheryll Gillespie, gold

Gold, Autumn’s aureate is a colour that our homes are clamouring for this season. A little glitz, a little glam and a whole lot of warmth and elegance is what gold brings to a room.

We’ve seen it on the fashion runways this season and yes, I would love a beautiful gold lamé dress for the Christmas galas this year (I’m on a hunt for one so let me know if you see one). I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago and my friend, the fabulous LA hair guru Victor Paul, had on the most delicious gold pants, I’m borrowing those for sure! At home, I’m bringing in touches of gold to my rooms in both accessory items and furniture.

I know, we mostly have silvers and stainless steel at home and are concerned about mixing the metals, but not to worry. Can gold work with my stainless appliances and gilded silver accents? Absolutely, designers love to mix up their metals. The most creative homes employ two or even three different metals in a room. Cool metals such as stainless steel and silver are perfect for the hot days of summer but as we get deep into Fall and Winter, it is seasonally appropriate and on trend to add some touches of warm metals such as gold, brass and copper. (Designer note – any time you introduce a new colour or metal ensure that you repeat it in the space at least three times so that your eye knows you meant for it to be there as an accent color and it wasn’t just an accident).

What are some of my favorite ways to add gold? End tables with gilded gold legs are the perfect accent next to a favourite chair, a few gold or copper photo frames mixed amongst your silver-leafed frames, similarly you can mix gold candle sticks amongst your silver and crystal ones. We love layering gold ceramic plateware and servingware on top of our classic white sets during Fall entertaining for extra sparkle at our dinner parties.

If you are in the market for some new furniture, specifically case goods, check out some of the fabulous new gold desk bases or headboards. Conversely, if you love the shapes and lines of your existing case goods but they are looking tired and worn, consider painting them with a metallic gold paint. Ceramic planters are another item that we often up-style with metallic paints. We are just completing a headboard made from rough reclaimed timbers that is being painted with a metallic gold spray. Can’t wait to see that piece installed at a client’s.

This winter bring home the gold and live fabulously!

Creatively Yours,

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