GOLD ACCENTS: YOUR AUTUMN TREND GUIDE
Today, we’re talking about one of my favourite subjects ever. GOLD!
Not a total surprise, you might think. And you wouldn’t be wrong. It has featured heavily in my ‘New In’ section for some time, in many of my Sarah Mailer Design interior schemes, plus it’s the metal du jour.
Having graced both London Fashion Week and London Design Festival 2017 with a significant presence (ooh, it gets around), it’s time for gorgeous gold to bask in the glory of a dedicated, praising post.
A little goes a long way… Image source: Sarah Mailer Design
Effortlessly contemporary, whist simultaneously classic and timeless, gold accents instantly elevate an outfit, interior space or even your mood. This is a trend that has been building momentum for some time now and has never been hotter or more relevant.
Here, a little gold goes a long way. Understated, gold accents such as the brass buttons and Chanel clasp make such a difference to this overall look
Now, I’m not talking about a full on, sparkling, gold rush. Whilst I’m all for a bit of metallic, balance is paramount to nailing the look. This goes for both interior design and fashion styling – although with the ’70s revival that’s beginning to gather speed, a full on gold lamé jumpsuit is likely coming to a Topshop near you…
Saying that, embrace the trend with gusto and enthusiasm. A couple of thoughtfully placed accents will add a new dimension (to an outfit or interior space) but don’t be too timid with mere glimpses of gold. There’s always an element of experimentation – of trial and error – with styling, so layer up (a wrist or sofa) and review. With so many options available, integrating some sunny tones should be almost effortless. Who’s game?!
GOLD ACCENTS: 2017 TREND WATCH
In 2017 (and beyond), we’re pairing gold with rich jewel tones, elephant greys, mink and black, navy, blush pinks, emerald and fresh greens. I also LOVE it with yellow (it’s soul-sister) – from breezy chartreuse to full-bodied mustard and ochre, leaning towards rusty, autumnal hues.
Monochrome, chartreuse and gold are such a striking combination. Image source: Sarah Mailer Design
It also looks incredibly elegant with white or other pale, creamy neutrals – think the Carrara marble/brass tap combos that have taken Pinterest and Instagram by storm. Essentially, it’s great with almost everything – you can’t go far wrong.
This stunning ‘Boho Retreat’ by Kirsten Marie Interiors balances all the elements beautifully. Here, the ultimate combo of navy and white with gold accents is executed with total perfection. Image source: Kirsten Marie Interiors
Whilst rose gold and coppers are still going strong (read my post on copper accents here) and mixing metallics is still very much a ‘thing’, upbeat, yellow gold is undoubtedly the go-to metal. For more trend updates, check out my wallpaper and paint colour posts.
Fashion-wise, I am OBSESSED with this Reiss blazer for its winning combination of deep navy tailored gorgeousness and polished brass button detailing. It has a distinct Pretty-Woman-meets-stylish-sailor aesthetic too – who could argue with that?!
I paired it with classic blue ‘Mom’ jeans and a crisp white-t, alongside my timeless Chanel, demonstrating that (almost always) simple reigns supreme. This mantra is also true of interior design and styling; work with classic, quality pieces and update with gold accents.
There is so much cross-over and such a close connection between fashion and interiors that I love to explore the same ideas and palettes across the spectrum. My post on studded accessories also highlights how trends transcend both genres. Is it just me or does anyone else dress to match their scheme – or their surroundings?!
Brass-buttoned blazer inspired, here are some other gorgeous (wearable) pieces that have engaged my inner-magpie. A bit of fashion to complement your shiny new interior. (My interior edit below):
FASHION: GOLD ACCENTS
HOME ACCESSORIES: GOLD ACCENTS
Think of styling your home much like getting dressed; putting layering and accessorising central to achieving that perfect outfit/look. When I talk gold accents, a few pieces can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel.
If you’re ready to embrace that midas touch in your home but want to ease in gently, opt for fresh accessories to subtly introduce gold accents in your space. My post on styling will give you some helpful ideas in building and balancing an accent within your scheme. You may also want to check out my contemporary coffee table post which is filled with stunning gold/brass furniture pieces, alongside the Girl About House Shop.
Update your kitchen hardware and go gold. Image source: Sarah Mailer Design
Simple changes to allow for the introduction of gold can make a big difference to your interior. Even minor alterations, like changing the hardware (handles, taps etc.) in a kitchen or bathroom, will totally invigorate your scheme and give it a fresh identity.
Here’s my need-to-know edit of gold accents and accessories. Your world will be a sunnier place:
HOME ACCESSORIES: GOLD ACCENTS
Where are you metallic-wise? Whether you’re coveting copper or categorically chrome, are you ready to embrace the gold rush? I would love to hear from you (or see how you’ve embraced the trend) below. If you’d prefer, send me a tweet or message on Instagram or Facebook. I’m also on Pinterest if you’re looking for more interiors and style inspiration.
Have a lovely weekend!
Girl signing off,