Glorious gold has surfaced in all this year's best homeware trends. Anya Cooklin-Lofting picks some of the best pieces to incorporate into your design
We have seen some of the most wild and bold trends come out of the interiors industry in 2018. Maximalism in rich wallpapers and fabrics, black kitchens and art deco accents, just to name a few. However, there is one master trend that has found its way into all of these popular styles. The omnipresence of gold has given our homes a luxe lift, complementing our animal print cushions and banana leaf wallpaper, adding light to our dark, sleek kitchens and putting the deco into our redecorations this year.
Here are some gloriously golden pieces from some great brands that will give your home the perfect aureate accent – the goldilocks kind of gold, not too much, not too little, leaving the questionable Trumpian aesthetic at the (probably not golden) door.
You could absolutely fill your home with Andrew Martin pieces and fall in love with every square foot of it. From its wallpapers and fabrics to its one-off trinkets, it’s the go-to for interior designers and the design-savvy public. Its goldenware offering is second to none. In particular, the side tables and coffee tables from the brand’s Origin collection comprise some of the most perfect accompaniments to the hottest trends this year. In particular, the Santiago side table is incredibly elegant, and works brilliantly flanking your slimline velvet sofa. Martin Waller, the founder of Andrew Martin, has coined this time the “Age of Gold”, citing its ubiquity as a natural progression from the chrome, platinum, pewter and antique silver accents of the last decade.
For an instant art deco hit, the Deco Square artworks by The Curious Department are good enough for Gatsby. The golden, geometric patterns in the works reinforce the organic shapes of the butterflies they frame, combining the contrived precision of traditional art deco silhouettes and typical art nouveau themes in the butterflies’ forms and colours. Hang on a black wall for the best results. The baroque-style mantelpiece clock is optional.
Pairing black paint finishes with gold accents has certainly not been confined to living rooms. Black kitchens have become the talk of the town, with Scandi brand String showcasing a black kitchen, and Tom Howley launching its new Kavanagh kitchen in the colour nightshade. Tom Howley, design director for the company, himself believes metallic accents in the form of handles or lighting are crucial when designing a black kitchen. “In terms of material pairing, a metallic accent works so well in darker kitchens. For example, polished handles or gleaming pendant lighting will reinforce the intense colour of the cabinetry.” The brand introduced the Kavanagh design to its range with a new metallic handle, the wire scroll, to supplement the popular paint colour.
For some contemporary golden lighting options, UMAGE, previously VITA Copenhagen, has a range of exciting shades for any room in the house. The Clava lampshade is available in a striking brushed brass, bringing a golden glow to your living space, or hung in clusters over a dining table or kitchen island. The clean lines and relatively minimalist associations with the Scandinavian company mean that its lampshades work well in almost any design scheme. Paired with a busy wallcovering or suspended in an art deco-style cocktail lounge, UMAGE’s Clava lamp supplements this year’s most-wanted interiors looks.