Metal is now a firm fixture in our interior design schemes, with Gold once again standing supreme against all comers. Richard Bond of Jamie Hempsall Interior Design explores the latest revival of this old friend.
From Industrial Chrome to Cool Copper, the metal finish has become firmly established in our interior design psyche over the last decade. There may have been a bit of a backlash against Gold with Copper attempting to take its mildly tarnished crown in the last couple of years, but Gold is back.
Once a clear indication of wealth, these days gold is attainable in interiors without the need to take out a second mortgage. Recently, gold was seen as a little brash, but this year sees its triumphal return to the interiors fold in all its shining glory.
The continued development of the market for Mid-Century Classic furniture, iadvancing from the Skandi Chic of the 1950s and 1960s to embrace the full-on hedonism of the 1970s and early 1980s is definitely a key reason for it’s resurgence.
Strong blues also continue to be an important trend in interiors colours – with key fabric collections such as Indigo by Ian Sanderson flying off the shelves (from £35/m – www.iansanderson.co.uk) – and these also play particularly well against gold finishes.
Test your tolerance with the inclusion of some gold in detailing: a rug is the perfect place to start with and the Tonquin Gold Rug by Wedgwood is an excellent example. The grey wool background providing the perfect foil for Gold Viscose and shows how to go all out chic (£349; therugseller.co.uk).
Chair legs and side tables are also perfect solutions to introduce gold into your home. Gold metal works particularly well when is teamed with softer textures, such as velvet upholstery to avoid a harsh feel to your finish.
The High Street is offering wonderful bright gold pieces that clearly celebrate the 1970s – Oliver Bonas have some particularly good examples of geometric occasional tables, whilst the Mulberry Leaf Lounger by Graham & Greene is surely going to be an icon of this new golden age.
You can increase the intensity of your inclusion by using key feature pieces such as a large gold table lamp. It is essential to inject a bit of tongue in cheek humour here; consider pineapples or palm trees to add the perfect hint of the 1970s.
If you are feeling particularly bold, then consider channelling the current 1960s Biba Revival and incorporate the Original Style Artworks Gold Half Tile, available in Sigma Gold & Jet Black, to create the perfect backdrop to a boho chic interior (£8.45 per Gold Half Tile – www.originalstyle.com).
It is not all about revival though, the juxtaposition of gold against modern building finishes, such as polished concrete, are also high in the design stakes. The Fusion Concrete Occasional Table from John Lewis, £99, shows just how perfect this combination can be – without breaking the bank!
Richard Bond is MD of Multi-Award Winning Consultancy – Jamie Hempsall Interior Design
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