Design Recipes: All that glitters is gold (accents)

  • A bedside vignette using gold accents is mixed with organic elements such as succulents. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Gold artwork paired with a gold accent piece helps make this entry area shine. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Broken “egg” ceramic art lined in gold makes a dramatic statement in this living room. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Small gold figurines used to style a bookshelf helps make the bookcase an attractive focal point. Design Recipes—TNS

  • A mix of small- and medium-sized gold accent pieces helps create drama in this bookcase display. Design Recipes—TNS

Tribune News Service
Thursday, February 08, 2018

Gold has long been associated with luxury and glamour. And it's currently one of the hottest and most utilized finishes in home decor. Gold or brass accents remain more popular than ever and can serve as the perfect complement to your existing decor. When looking for ways to incorporate gold accents into your home, here are some basic design rules to keep in mind.


Use gold as accents in accessory items such as toss pillows.

Consider infusing gold or brass accents through your use of artwork, either in the artwork itself or in the frame.

Consider using gold in a series of similar accent pieces such as a long row of mirrors hung in a space.

Incorporate small gold accents in smaller surface areas such as nightstands or bookcases.

Experiment with accent pieces of different sizes and shapes.


Overdo it. In many cases, less is more. Use your gold accents purposefully and sparingly.

Use gold on too many primary or large pieces in a room, as this can overwhelm.

Miss an opportunity to mix gold with other metallic elements such as silver.

Forget it's OK to mix different materials such as lacquer and wood with some of your gold elements.

Pair gold accents with too many patterns. Solid colors such as black and white can help enhance gold accent pieces.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com <mailto:info@cathyhobbs.com> or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com <http://www.cathyhobbs.com>.