Gold is a warm, brilliant color. It is sophisticated and often associated with traditional interiors but can easily be incorporated into modern interiors too. However, gold can be overwhelming if not balanced correctly with other colors.
Gold + Black
Gold and black are a timeless duo. However, they must be delicately balanced in a space. Both gold and black are visually stimulating so follow the 60-30-10 rules to get this combination just right. 60% of the space should be a neutral color such as white or cream, layer in black accents such as throw pillows and drapery at 30% and keep gold accents to 10% of the room.
Gold and Black Living Room Design
Gold + Pink
Gold and pink typically define soft, feminine spaces. Avoid vibrant shades of pink with bright gold, which can be harsh to the eye. Instead select paler shades of pink like blush for the foundation of the room. Try painting the walls light pink and add in gold accent furniture and lighting.
Gold and Pink Bedroom Design
Gold + Brown
Gold and brown may seem like an unusual pairing; however, these two rich colors can make a bold statement when paired correctly. Follow the 60-30-10 rules to make sure neither color overwhelms the room. Start with a warm neutral at 60%, layer in 30% brown in upholstery or wood furniture and finish with 10% gold accents.
Gold and Brown Bedroom Ideas
Gold + White
Gold and white are a hard combination to get wrong. They are a naturally occurring pair often found together in marbles. In kitchens and bathrooms select a white marble like Calcutta that has a gold thread running through it. Mix in gold hardware and lighting to highlight the gold undertones in the marble.
Modern Gold and White Kitchen
Gold + Aqua Blue
Gold and aqua blue are a serene duo. They work well together in bedrooms or other spaces meant for relaxation. Choose matte or muted tones of gold to contrast the brightness of aqua. Select a wall covering with both colors for the foundation of the room. For a bold look, add in gold drapery. Round out the two colors with a third warm neutral such as cream.
Gold and Aqua Blue Bedroom Design
Gold + Purple
Gold and purple are a rich and luxurious pairing often associated with traditional interiors. For a contemporary take on this classic pairing, start with neutral colors for the larger elements of the room such as the walls, rug and upholstered furniture. Layer in purple and gold accents in the room's accessories such as throw pillows and artwork.
Gold and Purple Living Room Details
Gold + Navy Blue
For an elegant and sophisticated space, pair gold accent furniture, such as side tables and lighting, with navy blue upholstered furniture. Navy blue walls provide a rich and warm foundation for gold furniture and accents to really shine. To keep navy blue rooms from being too dark, gold leaf the ceiling to help reflect light.
Gold nad Navy Blue Master Bedroom
Gold + Red
Red and gold are a timeless combination. Gold is best paired with darker reds with warmer undertones such as burgundy instead of brighter reds like cherry. Gold-framed art, patterned accent pillows with touches of gold and lighting fixtures are all great ways to incorporate gold into red rooms. Mix in a complimentary color as well to create depth and interest in a space.
Gold + Green
Gold and green are a classic pairing. Brighter gold pops against deeper shades of green. Dark green painted walls provide an excellent backdrop for gold-framed art, mirrors or lighting fixtures to really shine. For a more serene combination, mix lighter shades of green, such as mint, with matte gold.
Gold nad Green Living Room Design
Gold + Gray
The cooler tones of gray provide an excellent backdrop for gold to really shine. Although this duo often defines the resurgence of mid-century inspired interiors, they can also be used together in more traditional spaces. Gold-framed artwork against a pale gray wall or a gold lamp next to a gray piece of furniture provides a nice balance of warm and cool elements in a room.