How to Mix Gold and Silver in Interiors
Lets hear it for that clubber still trapped in 1984. For him the mullet never dies and Z Cavaricci’s can’t have enough pleats and acid wash. And the 1990’s gym rat still carrying his protein powder in a fanny pack and so pumped up he looks like a balloon animal. You have to somewhat respect a guy for diving into the Culture Club head first and committing for the long run. But none of us is swiping right on that one. And what does that have to do with learning how to mix gold and silver in interiors?
Trends are awesome but when you get too “fadtastic” you get mired in a time warp soup – even in your home. Unless you have the money to invest big dollars into changing up your interior design every couple of years, you’ll need to learn to balance the fad and the timeless. In 2007 I was remodeling my own bath and I searched like crazy to find something other than brushed nickel and chrome. We’d been using it in the design industry for years and I was burnt out. so I wrote a blog post about the process and the upward trend toward gold-toned finishes that was just around the corner. They were hard to find back then but they gradually started showing up at the furniture markets and gift shows in lamps, accessories and faucets.
Fast forward to 2016 and suddenly Z Gallerie has limited their silver finishes and introduced a barrage of golds. Same with West Elm, CB2, Crate and Barrel. The trends always trickle down from the interior designers and furniture manufacturers to the masses but it takes time. And then it becomes the new Chic for everyone and it gets overdone and it becomes a trend that will date your home in just a few short years.
So I have just a few suggestions for enjoying the new gold without binge decorating. First, introduce them in smaller ticket items such as pillows, accessories or even lamps. If in 3 years you’ve grown to hate gold, then you’re not breaking the bank to replace them. And for goodness sake, store anything that’s still in great shape because gold tones will come back over and over and one day you’ll be kicking yourself for tossing out that gorgeous papier mache tray with gold leaf accents. And finally, don’t be that guy who commits 100% for the long term. Why do you think gold finishes went out of style in the first place? Because we over did it and we got sick of it. Then when the brushed nickel train came chuggin by we jumped on…….and again we were in it heart and soul.
So learn how to mix gold and silver in interiors by doing it delicately. In fact, don’t write off black metals either. Silver, gold and black are not mutually exclusive. In their contrast they actually compliment each other, adding layers of depth to an interior space. If you’re a little hesitant about your ability to do so tastefully, I find the easiest way to set the stage is to start with one piece that has all of the patinas you’d like to use. Take a look at the chandelier below (#1) or table (#2). Both pieces contain silver, black and gold finishes. This is your jumping off point. It’s now easy to choose your favorite finish as the dominant patina and then break up the monotony by introducing hints of your contrasting lusters in a mirror, a lamp, or a pair of accessories.
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