Decorating (affordably) with Gold and Brass
Keeping up with current trends in home decorating is essential for Colour Consultants and Home Stagers and since those of us living in Atlantic Canada do not have (easy) access to the major design trade shows in large cities I follow designers who are able to pinpoint current and upcoming decorating trends. One of those designers is the fabulous Laurel Bern, a New York interior designer, whose inspirational blog, Laurel Home, I have been following for some time.
And, guess what (!) luckily for us she recently went to a design trade show in New York called, New York Now Winter 2015 and came up with two noticeable decorating trends. This is exciting because these trends are from NEW YORK CITY! And, surely will be around for a long time in our neck of the woods!
- Black and Black and White
I will be talking about the gold trend right now because I love how gold and brass accents add warmth and charm (and bling!) to home decor and is easily and inexpensively attainable.
These gold accent pieces are from Jonathan Adler’s home furnishings collection
Check out the gold mirrors, gold desk and statue in this vignette
The following three images are from Sarah Richardson Design (a well known Canadian designer). Notice the gold and brass accents in this beautiful living room.
I love the collection of brass candlesticks (with white candles) in this image. I am currently building up my own collection. They are easy to find at second hand stores and relatively inexpensive (they were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s).
Love the touches of gold in this white and pale blue-gray living room designed by Brittany Robertson
So loving gold and brass as I do, I thought I would demonstrate an easy and inexpensive way to add this look to your own home. As you can tell by now, I love thrifting! This pasttime fits in very well with my passion of “budget decorating.” Second-hand stores, antique shops, flea markets – I love finding unique items and re-purposing them for my home. Not only can you find fantastic bargains for furnishings and accents which are typically well made, but you can also find one-of-a-kind items that will help you create meaningful decor for your living space.
I recently came across these three items – incidentally purchased at three different thrift stores for a grand total of 26 dollars.
The milk glass vase and the blue and white ginger jar I left as is (naturally!) But, the 1980’s brass lamp needed a bit of work. Even though it was solid brass (and very heavy and sturdy) it was too shiny for my taste.
So, my not so secret way to add gold and brass to your home? SPRAY PAINT!
As a matter of interest I found this post on Pinterest about the different gold spray paint colours (Also on my “House Love” Pinterest Board)
I used one of my favourite gold spray paint- Design Masters – Antique Gold. I purchased it at Michaels’, our local craft store. This spray paint is pricey, about $12.99 but Michaels’ has weekly 40% off coupons which help bring the price down. This spray paint is practically fool proof, goes on very smoothly, dries super fast and has a nice matte gold lustre. I gave my brass lamp a few quick coats, a new lampshade and I am pretty happy with this transformation.
My side table featuring gold accents and thrift shop finds!