Golden InteriorsWednesday, January 15, 2014
I came across this image of Givenchy's Paris store in Faubourg Saint-Honore on Pinterest today and was instantly caught by the stunning counter, seemingly made from a block of gold.
This first image has been a favourite inspirational image for a while, there's something so ridiculous about a gold kitchen, especially alongside white marbled walls and floors, but somehow it manages to look so simple, I almost want describe it as polished/luxe industrial?! It is actually the kitchen of French decorator Jean-Louis Denio, he describes his home as "Neoclassicism with elements of futurism"; like his kitchen, it is full of muted colours, and metallic surfaces in every room... It's worth a look!
I'm definitely feeling a bit of a French/Parisian theme here. I think that the best way to use gold in your home is with a simple background; you can't go wrong with white walls and a wood floor. This dining room has such an elaborate gold sculpture, yet as it is paired with a rustic wood table and chair, and white wire seating it doesn't look overpowering. Instead it becomes a delicate feature in an otherwise blank canvas.
I loved this image, it is actually advertising the anchor print wallpaper but I feel like the golden, roll-topped, claw footed bath has completely stolen the show! This is such a one-of-a-kind piece, image people's' faces, visiting your home and seeing this in your bathroom. Against this simple print wall paper it's fun, unique and a bit quirky, almost like it had been stolen straight from Marie Antoinette's Palace.
VITTSJÖ unit which has been sprayed gold using a metallic spray. This whole look is do-able in £75. This would work in any room, it just adds a bit of light and reflection instead of a dull black bookcase you have something that looks a lot more expensive. It's no gold slab counter, but it's probably around 1/100th of the price!
I'd love to know what people thought about gold interiors? It was only a few years ago anything gold was considered tacky and garish...
Image Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 (Found via Pinterest)