There are a lot of ways to add a luxury feel to your home, but adding gold accents to your home has always stood the test of time. It has been used for ages to show wealth and opulence. Sure, would look distasteful if the implementation is incorrect, and it can feel a little classical.
With the help of design trends that are popping up lately, like modern glam, it can give your home a classic, tasteful, and modern aesthetic that would surely add a touch of chic style to your living space. Here are 4 ways to give your home an upgrade with gold accents.
Painting Furniture Gold
Painting furniture around the house using metallic paint, especially gold, can make them pop up and give an aesthetic boost to your living space whether you paint the entire piece of furniture gold, or just give them a gold accent.
Painting with gold could prove a little tricky though. If you are not used to using metallic paint before, it behaves differently from regular paint due to its shine which gives them a different feel. Also, it is very easy to overdo painting with gold, and instead of creating something tasteful and elegant, you can end up with something gaudy or less tasteful.
Painting with Gold Spray Paint
In the photo below, you’ll see side by side comparison of gold spray paint by different brands. The last can covered with paint is Valspar if you’re drawn to that gold tint. My hands down winner everytime is Rust-Oleum’s Metallic Finish Gold Spray Paint. I get the exact metallic gold finish I’m aiming for. Choose the one that’s best for you. Follow this link for various gold spray paint options to purchase.
Rub N Buff Gold Painted Furniture
Earlier this year I had a hard time finding a iron table with a glass top. I didn’t give up on my search and eventually I found one on FaceBook Marketplace for $25! It was painted with some dingy ivory paint. I couldn’t wait to paint it gold! For the project I didn’t use spray paint. Instead, I used Rub N Buff in Gold Leaf. The little tube of Rub N Buff goes a long way. I used my fingers, a 1 inch sponge brush, and 1 tube of Rub N Buff to complete my table below. I absolutely love it!
Painting with Metallics Techniques
In order to pull this off properly, we don’t just use plain, flat, metallic gold paint. A popular technique is to layer gold paint with another metallic paint, say like silver. This would give your furniture a more elegant and refined look that is subtle yet stands out. You don’t always need to paint the entire project piece, it can make the space look monotonous. Sometimes, furniture carries itself well, in that all they need is a little gold accent. Unlike painting with regular paint where you go side-to-side or back and forth, painting with gold and metallic paint, in general, is a little different. You should paint going only in one direction to maintain its glimmer. Also, remember that painting with metallic paint like gold would give your furniture a bit of a texture.
Don’t limit your furniture gold painting to just your chairs, tables, drawers, and surfaces. If you have decorations in your house, they might benefit from a touch of gold paint. If you have craft projects, and old worn down and faded antiques painting them gold or giving them gold accents can give them a second lease of life and get a chance to be incorporated into your whole design project. Here’s a beginner’s guide on how to DIY paint furniture using metallic colors.
Painting Your Walls Gold
Painting your walls gold is very trendy right now, this gives your home a bold and tasteful design language whether you paint it fully with gold or just give it gold accents.
As we discussed on a previous point, it is very easy to overdo gold and it can easily make your walls look very gaudy. There are a lot of ways you can implement painting your walls gold. You can paint your entire wall with a gold paint of your choice.
If you like the current color of your wall and think it might benefit from a touch o gold, you can put gold accents on your wall to give it a lively and varied look.
Not very many people do this, but certain paint colors blend well when painted with gold. For example, more earth-like paint colors can look good but, they can also look a bit flat. Touching it up with metallic gold would make the color go alive. Another way you can implement painting your walls is to draw in gold your favorite design feature or hang gold decor, this is a great way to center the attention on your wall using shiny gold paint.
Also, don’t forget that you can also get gold decorations and accessories to complement your gold wall, it can give a better flow of design and balance of gold colors.
Painting Your Cabinets in Metallics
Cabinets are a huge part of our daily lives that we take for granted. They are very utilitarian and they keep our stuff out of the way. They are just bulky wood pieces that offer very little design aesthetic to your home. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Cabinets are a great way to showcase modern glam design, and they can be a tasteful way to implement gold colors.
Upgrade Your Home with Gold Hardware
There are many ways you can paint cabinets gold. You can paint the whole cabinet with gold, which can give a boost in the presence of the elements around the cabinet. If you want a more subtle approach to implementing gold in your cabinets, you can paint it with bold gold accents to complement its current color.
Another way which you can combine with gold accents is to install gold drawer pulls to your cabinet which gives a very luxurious feel.
Mixing Metals in the Home
Modern glam isn’t just about gold and gold paints. It is also about smooth and shiny textures, and there are a lot of shiny metals that you can use. Properly mixing the use of metals in your home can be just as important as your design choices. Combining metals and their different texture and color can be a very exquisite way to add style to your living space.
The first rule in mixing metals in your home is to decide on the metal you would use as the base. Knowing when and where to use your choice of metals guarantees your success. Do not use equal amounts of metals in a room, when you get in. You must be able to recognize only one shade of metal and all the others are subtly complimenting it without you noticing exactly. Too many types of metals used in one place can feel overwhelming.
You can choose from one to two complementary metals and you should keep your base metal to make up at least three-fourths of the finishes in a room. Gold, brass, and copper give warm colors, while silver, chrome, mirror and stainless steel give a cooler color profile. Although it’s recommended to compliment warm color metals with warm color metals; don’t hesitate to try mixing warm and cool color metals to achieve the look you want.
You can also play around with various treatments of your choice metals. Each treatment gives metals a different look. Metals can be brushed, polished, matte, antiqued, and satin, invaluable.com came up with a mixing metals infographic. Choosing which one is just as important as choosing the metals you are mixing. After you decide on the metals you want to mix and match, the implementation is just as important as choosing the metals. Make sure every room in your home follows the same design you chose.
Gold Accents to Upgrade Your Home
Here are some examples of gold accents you could add to your home:
- Gold or Silver Bar Cart
- Mix of Gold Mirrors
- Two Tone or Single Tone Gold Light Fixtures, Chandeliers or Fandeliers
- Glam Gold Trays to Display a mix of metals
- Various Gold Photo Frames
- Metal Gold Bookshelves
- Metal Gold End Tables
- Gold Planters
- Table Lamps or Floor Lamps in Gold
Modern glam is a great way to give your home a unique and classy design. It can involve a bit of gold accessories or gold paint, yes, but, it is still important that you follow your design preferences. At the end of the day, you are doing this upgrade for yourself. Just like with any other thing, you can use modern glam as a base and modify it to suit your taste. Just remember to not overdo it because being subtle with gold, can go a long way.
Thanks for stopping by and as always, I hope you’ve been Inspired!