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Decorating With Gold
was featured in
Home for the Holidays

November & December 2012


Decorating With Gold

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Perhaps one of the most pleasingpalettes, analogous colors reside right next to each other on the color wheel. For example, a gold analogous color scheme includes yellow and orange. Since they share a common component, these hues always look good together.

An analogous scheme for gold is a pleasing combination because it incorporates colors that are reminiscent of autumn—yellow and orange. So to kick off the drama in this vivid dining room, a soft, muted orange was used for the wall color. It's a good choice because it provides a striking contrast to both yellow and gold without attracting too much attention away from either. Then, we went mellow with yellow by carefully working in a few accents to add pops of color without being too flashy.

And similarly to how we used neutrals to balance out a few of our other rooms, the gold window treatments, area rug and decorative accents in this dining area really help warm up all those vibrant colors. Plus, the white molding and the cream chair cushions help lighten up the space so it doesn't become too intense.

And seeing how this analogous color scheme is a callback to nature, it only seems fitting to use the great outdoors as decorating inspiration. So when you're picking out those finishing touches, consider floral arrangements with bright flowers and nature inspired artwork.

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