Using Gold: 10 Homes that Get it Right

For all my self-professed love of all things metallic (jewelry gift guides, and cat magnets, for example), I have very little that sparkles in my own home. Maybe it’s time to do a little something about that. For inspiration, here are 10 home owners from our sneak peek archives who’ve found ways to sneak a little bling into their everyday lives. –Amy

Image above: Homeowner Rebekka Seale stamped three of her four dining room walls with a four-inch bumblebee stamp from The English Stamp Company. After experimenting with lots of different paints and inks, she ended up using a regular metallic gold stamp pad. The bees took several days to dry, but she says it was worth the effort – they really shine in the sunlight! See all the photos of this Nashville home here.

Image above: This Chinese cabinet serves as the home’s bar. Homeowner Dana Frigerio wanted to add a little sparkle so she stenciled these gold flowers on the wall above the bar. See all the photos of this Italian home here.

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Image above: For her daughter Ruby’s nursery, Joy cut metallic dots out of contact paper and placed them on the wall for a polka dot effect. See all the photos of the nursery here. (So many great details!)

See more Gold after the jump!

Image above: For a little gold bling, these homeowners painted a shark pool toy gold and hung it from the ceiling. See all the photos of this Brooklyn home here.

Image above: Even the smallest gold detail can have a big impact. This gold paper gilded shade and lamp were Ebay finds. See all the photos of this LA home here.
Image above: Not just for walls or accents, gold can look spectacular on furniture. This settee was an eBay find. See all the photos of this 1907 St. Louis home here.


Image above: Gold detailing on the campaign furniture is accented by the gold vase. You can get this same look with this campaign dresser DIY. See all the photos of this San Francisco home here.

Image above: A gold mirror pops against the dark gray backdrop in this Los Angeles bedroom. See all the photos of this creative home here.

Image above: The gold/yellow tones of this Osborne & Little Grove wallpaper really make the bedding pop. See all the photos of this Australian home here.

Image above: Victorian era gold! This home is filled with original detailing from when it was first built in 1905 in Toronto. See all the photos of this beautiful home here.

  1. You had me with the gold bee wallpaper!

  2. Love the bumblebee stamp…and in the dining room! My gold dragonflies were limited to the powder room.

  3. Aslyn says:

    I especially love the bee and polkadot walls!

  4. an says:

    The flower stencil in the bar photo is lovely. I need this stencil. Please let me know where this is from!

  5. Phyllis says:

    Where does someone (like me) find gold contact paper?

    Love the bee wallpaper!

  6. I love gold in the home, great inspiration here, I love it all!

  7. Gina says:

    I love the really soft use of gold in this post! Very classy and strays away from the common idea that gold is gaudy! Personal favorite is the bee gold leaf wall decorations. Subtle but full of impact. How about using white and navy as main colors then adding slight gold touches like this? An idea! As usual this post is on point!

  8. Gold is officially my favorite color, so I love this post! The gold vase and lamp are absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing!


  9. Amy Smith says:

    I love the gold touches that they incorporated in their designs. They are neither overpowering or tacky.

  10. Love these rooms and the gold accents!! I had to share it on my Facebook Fan page! x


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