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Design Recipes: All that glitters is gold (accents)

A bedside vignette using gold accents is mixed with organic elements such as succulents. (Design Recipes / Tribune News Service)
By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service

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.