Move over and make some room, satin nickel; gold is back!  But, never fear, this isn’t your granny’s gold.   Gone are the days of shiny brass that blinded us in the 80’s.  Today’s gold has taken on a whole new attitude. It’s antiqued, sophisticated and eye-catching.  It’s taking the stage in the form of decorative light fixtures, cabinetry hardware, metallic tile and, yes, even plumbing fixtures.

Currey & Company leads the way in decorative lighting fixtures, like the beautiful ones showcased below.


One thing that I love about “today’s gold” is that it’s being used more sparingly than it was in the 80’s. An accent here and accent there is all you need.  Gone are the days when the faucet had to match the light fixture, that had to match the cabinet hardware, that had to match the door handles. Mixing metals is also trending.  So, go ahead and use a brushed nickel faucet with an antique gold light fixture.  Who says you can’t?

Mixed Metals

Mixed Metals shine in this butler’s pantry.  Gold pendants play nicely with the copper sink and satin nickel door hardware.  Mixing metallics creates interest and drama.

Gold and Gray combinations are also trending.  They make quite a striking pair!  Gold looks especially sophisticated when paired with rich deep colors like charcoal gray, black, navy or chocolate brown.  The cabinets below are from Martha Stewart, the lamp is from Currey and Company and the hardware is by Decorpad.


Gold wallpaper, mirrors and drapery hardware are also making bold statements.  The classic Greek Key Design never goes out of style in antique gold, as evidenced by the beautiful Greek Key Lamp below from Visual Comfort and this stunning mirror from Polyvore.  Starburst patterns are also extremely popular in gold, especially in mirrors and lamps.

The secret to creating a beautiful look with gold today is to keep it simple, sleek and showcase it as eye-catching accents.  As my mother used to say, “A little dab will do ‘ya!” But, wow, what a difference that little dab makes!


Gold framed mirrors provide a dramatic glow when lighted from behind.  Silver faucets add another metallic layer and gold countertops round out the design.



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