13 Ways to Decorate With Gold Finishes

Classical style bathroom with white and gold 3d render
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Breaking dated decor rules is in style, so if you've shied away from gold because you think it's too daring or you're afraid to mix metals in your home, it's time to think again. Decorating with metallics, especially gold, is super trendy right now, and it's easy to add a bit of "gilded age" splendor to your house without going overboard.

From gorgeous kitchen hardware, as seen in this example from Laura Trevey, to easy DIY accessories, we've rounded up some of the best ways to weave gold into every room of your house. 

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    Upgrade Your Plumbing

    sink with gold legs
    Lovely Indeed

    Have an old bathroom with exposed plumbing? Blogger Lovely Indeed shows just how far a little spray paint can go. We adore this glam bathroom makeover, from the vintage sink to the gold mirror. Pick a spray paint that works on metals, and transform ugly, exposed piping in the space of an afternoon. 

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    A Glitzy Bookcase

    gold bookcase
    Nicole Gibbons Style

    This bookcase looks like a million bucks but costs less than $100. In another example of gold spray paint's seemingly magical properties, any simple metal bookcase from a home goods store can easily be transformed. Use these helpful spray paint tips before you start a big project like a bookcase to ensure an easy, seamless makeover that's better than store-bought.

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    Who Knew Cardboard Could Be So Glam?

    gold bookends
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Not ready to commit to an entire gold bookshelf? These simple gold bookends by Almost Makes Perfect are a lovely glam alternative. The best part of this simple DIY is that it uses up those Amazon boxes you've put off recycling for weeks on end.

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    Accent Your Cherished Photos

    Gold picture frames
    The Sweetest Occasion

    That beloved wedding photo deserves a frame fit for a princess. Dip a cheap picture frame in gold paint (add a bit of gold glitter if you're feeling extra spunky) for an easy and classy up-cycle.

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    Wild and Gilded

    gold chandlier
    Armani Abba via Pinterest

    Your bedroom light fixture is one of the most important elements of a well decorated and cozy sleeping space. We love bedrooms that dare to be different, and this black-and-gold space is no exception. If the gold leaf chandelier is too much for you, DIY this look by painting a standard pendant or ceiling light fixture.

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    Give Your Bar the Midas Touch

    gold bar cart
    Sand and Sisal

    These days, every well-styled home has an attractive bar cart ready for entertaining. While there's a bar cart for every taste, we can't help but be partial to this dazzling gold cart that blogger Sand and Sisal up-cycled in an afternoon. Add some faux marble (AKA well-made contact paper) and this bar cart looks like it belongs in an upscale Manhattan hotel.

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    A Touch of Gold

    gold vase with flowers
    two twenty one

    Not ready to commit to a whole piece of gold furniture? Paint some gold leaf on clear glass or ceramic vases for a chic look perfect for any floral arrangement.

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    A Swoon-Worthy Bathroom

    gold fixtures in a bathroom
    Jodi via Pinterest

    If you've never thought about using gold fixtures in your bathroom, this one will change your mind. This stunning bathroom looks chic with gold accents, but not over the top. Gold fixtures look great with almost any color scheme, but we love the simple white-and-black look seen here.

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    Mid-Century Glam

    sunburst mirror
    The Gathered Home

    Fun fact: The sunburst mirror look dates back to the Middle Ages and French aristocracy, but gained a great deal of popularity during the mid-twentieth century. It is believed that sunburst mirrors date back to the 15th century, maybe further, and are symbols of Apollo, the sun god. This little mirror packs a lot of punch and adds a dose of character to a wall over a sofa or in an entryway.

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    Gold-Accented Console

    TV Stand with gold accent
    The Every Girl

    Give your entertainment stand a makeover by adding a touch of gold. Paint any metal hardware (as seen in this stylish example) to modernize your old console. Upgrade the look by hiding those pesky wires.

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    Barstools Fit for a King

    gold barstools
    Camille Styles

    These stunning gold barstools are a great alternative to chrome or aluminum and are a smart way to keep an all-white space from feeling antiseptic. If you can't find upscale gold barstools at your local home goods store, you can easily DIY this look with simple metal barstools like these ones from Amazon.

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    A Classic Side Table

    gold side table
    Coco Kelley

    This tiered brass-and-glass side table looks polished and feminine and works in most spaces. We love the heavy marble lamp and the well-styled coffee table books that finish the look without feeling too girly.

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    A Hint of Gold

    golden curtain rod
    Bloom Restorations

    You may not have given your curtain rods much thought, but this easy gold transformation packs a lot of punch. Pair with a simple curtain (like this low-key gray version) so as not to overpower.