Go for Gold in 2016

18 March, 2016

As a key predicted trend for 2016, the fondness of gold has shifted from its associations of luxury, and this material is no longer reserved purely for fine jewellery. Going gold in your interior allows you to channel an extravagant home style without breaking the bank.
Here we explore how to introduce the gold trend into your home using a few simple interior styling techniques.

Pretty pendants and pedestals

Pendants and pedestals – the two p’s of successful interior design, but it wasn’t always this way. Showcasing exposed metals through beautifully placed pendants, and making the most of open plan spaces by using pedestals to highlight individual elements, was influenced heavily by the industrial trend – which is still relatively new to the interiors scene.

Embracing the gold theme throughout your home with ornate lighting pendants adds detail without being too overpowering – gold pendant Edison bulbs and factory-style lighting look fabulous in minimal-inspired interiors.

Pedestals are ideal for creating centrepieces in open plan homes and are the perfect places to exhibit home accessories previously reserved for shelving or sideboards, such as flowers and photographs. Pedestals come in all shapes and sizes, so invest in one that will suit your home style. Contemporary homes will benefit from a tall mid-century style pedestal, while those with a country interior might opt for pedestals with a rustic wood finish. It’s worth seeing what you can pick up from charity shops and reclamation yards, and then upcycling. Channel the gold trend by spraying your pedestal using gold metallic spray paint to give your pedestals a beautiful new lease of life.

Traditional tableware

As a nod to doting grandmothers everywhere, traditional tableware has made a comeback, but has been reimagined to fall into current interior trends. Gravy boats, ceramic teapots and charger plates are all part of the fancy tableware movement. We’ve noticed a huge increase in this trend, as people are opting for a more formal setting in their dining rooms and kitchens – large reclaimed oak tables with minimal yet well thought out tableware is the epitome of Scandi chic dining. Vibrant vintage-style plates accompanied with gold accessories are a great way to get the dinner party started if you’re home follows a similar interior style to the shabby chic trend.

Mixed metals

Although gold is a key metal trend this year, there are several other micro metal styles that you can keep up your sleeve. A little into 2015 we talked about the ‘Blush’ trend which was all about mixing pink pastel palettes with different rose gold metals such as copper. This has since evolved into mixing metals instead of alternative shades of the same hue. As long as your palette has a metallic sheen, they’ll complement each other well; keep this in mind when searching for your perfectly paired home accessories and you’ll be able to achieve the mixed metal look with ease.

Trending hues

In terms of colour combinations, this year’s predicted trending hues reflect the beautiful simplicity of the gold trend. With shades that create a sensory-rich space – neutral tones are mixed with paint shades that reflect metallic elements such as gold and copper. Then there’s the juxtaposing dramatic shades like moody blues and charcoal greys which will be used to create a stark contrast from the lighter shades seen in other trending tones. Get the look in your home by mixing contrasting paint colours – use a light pebble and create a feature wall by using the gold tones and dark greys in equal measure.


Will you be adding gold into your home this year?