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Home Trends: Gold Decor Creates a Glow

A while ago I wrote a post about the current home decor trend for mixed metals but today I’m going to shine the spotlight on pure gold! A Decorilla report on the best designer trends at Maison & Objet 2015 in Paris said that gold is this year’s metal of choice.

As the “it” metal color, gold crops up in all kinds of materials and accents, not just metal itself. Let’s take a look at some golden inspirations to add a warm glow and vibrant energy to any home decor. Here comes the sun…

The bold gold approach to this powder room turns the smallest room into a sun palace!
Gold leaf or gold paint on the door, trim, and ceiling create a bright shimmer, but the dark blue wallpaper tones the look down so it isn’t too blingy. An antiqued gold console table, mirror frame, and light fixture enhance the Old World feel.

Ann Sacks Gold TileGold diggers can also use tiles to add a golden gleam to bathrooms or perhaps even a conservatory. These Ann Sacks Davlin tiles are handmade with European gold leaf fused between two pieces of glass.  The look is classic enough for traditional decor, but it would also work in a contemporary space.

Gold and white always looks elegant. Gold is the most opulent and rich-looking metal and when you dress it down with pure and simple white the result is luminous and graceful.

Here is more white and gold with a younger, fresher feel. The Modern Regency style would be so pretty for a young woman’s bedroom, perhaps a daughter or granddaughter. The graphic gold polka dots are decals, which makes it easy to remove them when you want a change of scene.  A gold vintage chandelier hangs above crisp white linens and the simple nightstand is set off with gold handles. A bedroom fit for a 21st century princess!

Jonathan Charles Gold Side TableOn the other hand, gold with black looks dramatic and luxurious, creating a chic focal point in a room.

This black and gold Jonathan Charles oval table proves the point. The 1930s style lacquer and gilt side table with a glass top is one of many gold tables in our online store and it’s one of the most striking.

You don’t need a lot of gold to pack a visual punch. Just a little to punctuate the black does the job perfectly.

Chelsea House Gold Console TableThis fine Chelsea House console table is another “gilty treat” we can all enjoy! The petite Mumford console table is just 42 inches long and a little over a foot deep, but this pretty package deserves a gold medal for its Empire styling and delicious gold accents.Gold bracket Jonathan Charles Gold Wall Hanging

 

 

 

 
A little also goes a long way in this delightful Chelsea House wall bracket (left), and in the pair of Jonathan Charles wall hangings from the Versailles collection, featuring gilding and carved decoration in the Renaissance style.

Jonathan Charles wall hangingsYou can see that the pair of gold wall hangings add that final decorative touch to the room, balancing the handsome wood display cabinet and bringing a ray of sunshine into the space.

If you’ve enjoyed browsing these photos, then you might like to see my story about the gold Woodbridge coffee table in our customer’s sunny California home, or get more inspiration from the mixed metal decor trend.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Home Decor Trends: Mixed Metals

Mixed metals are “particularly hot right now” according to an article I read in the Wall Street Journal on the Top 5 Interior Design Trends for 2015.  LA designer Jamie Bush thinks it looks  “too staged” to match every metal finish in a space. London Designer Kelly Hoppen especially likes mixing warm-toned metals with cool ones.

Vintage Copper Coal boxI agree that mixing metal tones can make a room more interesting and personal. I’ve never been a fan of matchy-matchy furniture, as I said in my blog post on Eclectic Decor. Many of our customers feel the same way – which is why they are such fun to chat with. Our vintage home accents show that people have always mixed metals happily, like this 1950 French vintage coal bucket which blends brass and copper beautifully – plus Delft ceramic handles!

This tasteful house in Boston mixes metals elegantly with various gold and silver tones. The generally neutral furniture and walls (painted with Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige, 975) create a subtle canvas for the metal elements to shine. The old re-gilded mantel mirror is traditional for 19th century homes in the area.

Antique Renaissance Buffet Kitchen Diner

Our client Natalya S. also mixed metallic tones in her kitchen to create great visual texture. Natalya bought the carved antique buffet from us and you can read more about her kitchen furniture and decor in my Antique Renaissance Buffet in California Client Spotlight.

This Florida house built in 1926 is on the Historic Register. It was renovated, right down to the bathroom with mixed metal finishes. The gold-framed mirrors look wonderfully opulent against the chrome/silver faucets, cabinet hardware, and what looks like a silver-toned chandelier. If the entire bathroom were gold… it could be a bit over the top! Too much silver or chrome might make it too cold. The gold mirrors warm it up. These gilded mirrors were custom made but they look similar to some of our gilded antique-inspired mirrors.

The layering of different metal tones can create many different effects from a welcoming glow to sophisticated chic. Play with the cool metal tones of silver, pewter, chrome, nickel, aluminum and steel, and mix in the warmer metal tones of gold, copper, bronze and brass. Black wrought iron works neutrally to befriend any metals.  I hope you enjoy mixing your metals, whether it’s a trend or not!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Home Decor Trends: Birds Take Flight

I’ve noticed that birds are popping up a lot in the home decor trends for 2015. We like the look so I’ve done some bird-spotting to share bird decor images and inspiration with you. Our six cats like the bird decor trend too but hmm… I think maybe for a different reason!

Decorilla’s reviewAntique French Armoire carved bird of best design trends at Maison & Objet’s 2015 show in Paris said: “Birds are everywhere – textile patterns, porcelain, crystal, plastic, paper…” A little bird told me that bird themes also rocked the 2015 Las Vegas Market. Of course, birds aren’t new in home decor. We often see carved birds on our antique furniture, like this detail on an 1890 antique French armoire in the Normandy style.

Vintage Bequet vaseSimilarly, this vintage Bequet vase (in our gallery now) is hand-painted with the bluebird of happiness. For thousands of years the bluebird of happiness has been a symbol of prosperity, cheerfulness, good health, and renewal of springtime.

The extravagant blue, white, and gold hand-painted vase, dating to the 1950s and signed by the famous Belgian ceramics manufacturer Bequet, reminds us that a beautiful bird will always look classic.

But everything that’s old is new again, right? Now birds are flying into home decor in every way you can imagine and in every style.Galbraith & Paul wallpaperThis Galbraith & Paul bird wallpaper shows just how enchanting the effect can be. I love this for an accent wall or perhaps in a hallway so you walk through an aviary of birds as you move through the house. The wallpaper might be a bit too busy for a large room, though.

Bird Tapestry DecorWe just started stocking new high-quality tapestries and this timeless tapestry caught my eye. The bird tapestry is designed by an English artist and the thing I like about tapestries is that they are so flexible in your decor. You can move it between rooms to give a fresh look to different spaces, and even take it with you when you move. (Tricky to do with wallpaper!)

Gray flower and bird pillowA throw pillow is another soft furnishing that just invites a bird motif if you are feeling nesty! This bird throw pillow (created with a French textile, but finished in the United States) comes in several colors and it would charm the birds out of the trees in any style of decor.

Dale Tiffany Peacock LampDesigner Rachel McCann said that while birds of all types would be important in accessories in 2015, the peacock would be one of the strongest motifs.  Peacocks are so classic and elegant, as in this sculptural peacock Dale Tiffany table lamp with a peacock cast bronze base. The hand-rolled art glass shade with a peacock feather design adds to the theme.

pheasant hunting style chandelierWe just started carrying some beautiful chandeliers and sconces based on antique Black Forest designs. I’m not surprised that I found one flaunting pheasants! Made in the USA, they are cast in resin with gorgeous details as you can see in the foliage and feathers of these handsome pheasants. The chandeliers look like carved wood and they have a nice weight to them – perfect for your Hunting Style decor!

Quail bird bookendsThe same company also casts bookends with very realistic decorative designs. This pair of quail bookends shows just one of the many types of wild animals, birds, dogs, and horses.

Bird of Paradise hand-painted VaseFinally, I just have to show you this beautiful new hand-painted Bird of Paradise vase or urn. It’s from the Chelsea House collection that we are also now stocking, which is part of Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture. The lidded porcelain vase stands 19″ high and the hand-painted birds make a stunningly colorful impact.

I’d never suggest that anyone should flock to buy bird decor just because it’s a trend. But to me it’s not a trend that will ever fly out of fashion. Bird designs are timeless, chic, and always alluring. What do you think? Does bird decor sing for you?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.