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October 21st, 2015


The Midas Touch – Gold is the new Black

It’s been a while, but we can officially confirm that gold is back and taking on the role of the “new black”. It seems like the ten year love affair with chrome is finally coming to an end. Many are still wavering in the middle with the ever popular copper and grey, but here we take a look at the beauty of gold and brass, which by the way, look great with navy.

Winning combination of Navy and Gold

Image found on habituallychic.luxury

At Decorex last month we were relieved to see that both brass and gold finishes are more subtle this time around with warm rather than yellow tones and antiqued and brushed finishes being popular. We loved the warmer and softer shades of brass, burnished gold and hammered bronze. Gold still has a place, but it seems to be ‘affected’ in some way – hammered, brushed or blackened to give it a modern feel. It’s now also often used for pieces with an industrial edge, previously the preserve of black or silver metal.

If you want to follow the trend here are our top five picks:

First up is the Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table from Amara, bang on trend with the hammered top and industrial feel to the legs. We also can’t resist the side table Golden Set from Mufti for its warm yet subtle tones.

Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table -

Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table in Gold from Amara

 

Side table golden set from Mufti

Side table golden set from Mufti

Next on our wish list are these bone china Gold Mugs from Alfred and Wilde, we like the combination of modern geometric and bright gold.

Gold and china mugs from Alfred and Wilde

Gold and china mugs from Alfred and Wilde

 

For a more traditional take (and moving onto the bathroom from the living room/kitchen) is this collaboration between the brassware specialist Samuel Heath and Royal Crown Derby. It combines hand finished brassware and hand moulded and intricately decorated fine bone china. We also continue to love the bronze collection from Samuel Heath.

New collection from Samuel Heath in collaboration with Royal Crown Derby

New collection from Samuel Heath in collaboration with Royal Crown Derby

Our fourth and favourite way to follow the trend is with a piece of artwork as your starting point, where better to start than with the colour combinations in these works in progress from contemporary impressionist artist Jessica Zoob.

Rich blues paired with gold in some recent works in progress by artist Jessica Zoob (image with kind permission from Jessica)

Rich blues paired with gold in some recent works in progress by artist Jessica Zoob (image with kind permission from Jessica)

And finally, if you can’t bring yourself to replace chrome  just yet; try introducing some warmer tones with lighting. These table lamps from West Elm are a nice nod to the trend without overdoing it!

Industrial Task Table Lamp - Black & Antique Brass from West Elm

Industrial Task Table Lamp – Black & Antique Brass from West Elm

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