Gold — the very essence of the word evokes images of elegance and richness. So it’s no wonder that so many decorators love a room with a heart of gold. But as with all things precious, too much gold can be gaudy. The key to decorating with this lustrous, yellow-orange hue is finding the right balance and exploring all of its varying tints and shades. To inspire you, this month’s color story will demonstrate five golden opportunities.
This sophisticated and soothing scheme lends itself well to modern spaces. It uses tints and shades of one color, staying within the same column on the color wheel. A monochromatic scheme for gold might feature a range of tones from light yellow to mystic gold.
As this gorgeous room proves, all that glitters can be gold! It's a comforting tone, so it provides a harmonious palette for a setup like this one. It's a cozy yet sophisticated conversation area that could work in a corner of your great room, informal dining room or any other small space off your kitchen. And because there's a pleasant balance between the base color's varying tints and shades, the room creates a nice, warm glow.
Sunflower yellow was chosen for the wall color because it's right in the middle of the spectrum, so it complements both lighter tints and darker shades of gold. Then, variations of gold were used throughout the room, from the antique toffee leather accent chairs and metallic gold credenza to the deeper, mystic gold color of the area rug.
And while this is a monochromatic space, dark brown and black accents were added as a finishing touch to break up all that gold. The artwork, accent pillows, glass end table and lamp provide just enough contrast to give the eye some focal points. And let's not forget about that hand-painted accent table! It's the perfect punctuation piece because it features all of the tints and shades used in the room.