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Modern Gold

The cultured and regal aesthetic of gold has proven to be timeless and enduring in its appeal. But this doesn’t mean gold in the home has to be overly ornamental – when used sparingly as an accent, the look is refined, contemporary and minimal.

A delicate blend between our two favourite neutrals, black and white, grey contrasts against gold incredibly well. Think the kitchen or bathroom – grey cabinetry with elegant brass hardware or gold sconces either side of a mirror in the bathroom. A neutral, understated shade such as grey, complemented by warm, opulent accents of gold, creates an unexpectedly sophisticated and inviting interior. I also love lighter grey hues on walls or a sofa contrasted against subtle gold décor such as a statement mirror, stylish vases or metallic detailing on scatter cushions.

Marble is another pairing that works incredibly well with gold. Marble and brass is one of the all time classic combinations, from interior design to furniture and homewares. Back to the kitchen with marble benchtops and brass accents in handles and tapware, to the living room with marble and brass cocktail tables and even the home office with gold accessories against marble desk surfaces. Black, white, grey or green marble – it doesn’t matter, the cool and warm balance is sophisticated and timeless. No other combination of textures or colours says luxury more than marble and brass.

Some of my favourite ways to introduce a subtle presence of gold is in home decor. Think brass cutlery at the dinner table, a gold table lamp by the bed or an aged brass planter for greenery in the home. Gold pendant lights create drama whilst a beautiful mirror above a mantle exudes effortless glamour.

See the gallery below for interiors inspiration.

Caitlan Nagle

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