Trend Watch: All That Glitters Is Gold


Sarah Pacey (left) of Decorating Den Interiors in New Brunswick and Susan Sykes (right) of Decorating Den Interiors in Ottawa, Ontario with celebrity designer Libby Langdon at High Point Market Fall 2014

Quick recap: I visited High Point, North Carolina in October with 100 of my fellow decorators and business owners from Decorating Den Interiors. We were the largest single buyer group at the Fall 2014 High Point Market and toured through 30+ trade-only supplier showrooms over two days. It was a whirlwind, but the long days and aching feet were more than worth it! We saw, touched, sat on and took photos of all the new products we’ll be able to offer our clients over the coming months. Along the way, I noticed a few trends and thought I’d do a series of posts on what to look for in home decor. First up: gold.

Raise your hand if you feel like you’ve spent the last decade trying to rid your decor of all things gold-coloured (a.k.a. brass). I sure do – my last two homes have had lots of brass fixtures and hardware leftover from the 90s. But just as you replace that last brass knob with one in brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze, I’m hitting you with this news: GOLD IS BACK!


An abundance of gold at High Point Market Fall 2014

OK, so it’s not exactly the brass finish we loved to hate, but I’m guessing a lot of people are going to have a hard time getting their heads around this trend. There’s going to be no way around it, though. At High Point Market, gold was everywhere, in every showroom, from mirrors to furniture, lamps to artwork. I surprised myself by falling in love with the look! A few accents in the “new gold” are the perfect way to bring a neutral colour scheme to life or to complement rich hues like charcoal and navy.

Here are a few ideas for bringing some gold into your home:

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1 – Round decorative mirrors make a stunning statement, especially in gold. Try it over a console table.

2 – Every armchair needs a table! This one would make a great place to set your drink in an entertaining space.

3 – Take baby steps towards embracing gold with a sweet little mirrored tray. Use it on your night table, dresser or bathroom vanity to corral small items.

4 – I love the juxtaposition of the simple linen drum shade with the sculptural feel of the base of this lamp.

5 – This etagere is the perfect place to show off your favourite accessories – except its stunning gold leaf finish and eye-catching design might just steal the show!

How do you feel about the gold trend? Can you make it work in your decor? If you need help, I’m just a phone call away!

Sue Signature

3 Comments on Trend Watch: All That Glitters Is Gold

  1. Meredith
    November 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I really like the side table. And I love how Libby is even wearing the gold trend! Not so long ago that statement necklace would have been silver, wouldn’t it. Can’t wait to see more pics from your trip. :)

  2. Alicia
    November 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Sue, I love the etagere. So functional and oh so pretty :)

  3. Lisa Goulet
    November 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Loving the gold! It is so much more sophisticated than the 80′s bright shiny brass. Today’s gold is matte and/or brushed and subdued. The perfect metal accent.


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