Fashion runways, catwalks and the most spectacular designed rooms all over the globe are glistening with a golden aura. Gold is hot, shiny and new! Make room in your room for some golden touches, this year’s must have metal.
Shades of silver, chrome and stainless have been the prominent metals for the last decade with bronze and copper following a safe distance behind but now these shades need to make room for the return of blazing gold. Hang on, don’t throw away all of your stainless or silver or even the bronzes and coppers, just make a little room for a new layer, yes great fashion is all about your ability to layer, and in this case we are adding a mixed metal layer of gold.
A few golden candles sticks, throw cushions, picture frames, a gilded box, mirror or even a chair leg detail are all welcome touches in a chic and on trend space. Last month Sam and I spent the day at the D&D building in Manhattan and brought back the most amazing golden samples in fabric, wallpaper and even carpet. The carpets were perhaps the most stand out for me as they were truly spectacular with golden threads woven amongst the wool, silk and synthetic fibers.
As with any trend you never want to abandon your existing décor, the idea is and always will be to create timeless spaces that will withstand all trends and the test of time. You achieve this with subtle additions and subtractions of accessories, furniture and colour. Rooms, just like our lifestyles, are constantly evolving. We always change up a few wardrobe items with each season and I’m always rotating home decor items in and out sometimes I may be upgrading a piece and sometimes it is simply just time for a change. Your rooms should always reflect where you have been and where you are going.
Allow me to let you in on the ‘golden rule’ of mixing metals. A designer trick to marrying metals successfully is to include at least three touches of any one colour or metal in a room to ensure that it looks planned and not like an accident that you have included that shade or metal. To secure the relationship between two different metals have at least one piece or one element that employees both metals. For example, you can have a custom stainless steel hood fan in the kitchen proudly hung above your stove but detail the fan hood with gold rivets or banding. In the living room keep it simple and set a picture frame that is both gold and silver on an end table or toss around a few cushions that are detailed with gold and silver embroidery. One item in the space that uses both metals gives you the permission required to have different metals stand independently in the same space. Be fabulous, be golden!