Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Midas Touch....

You don't have to tell the Parisians how to warm up a room....major restoration is now complete on the gilded gold ornament of the Opera, Ponte Alexandre bridge and the Fontaines de la Concorde.

Louis XIV, the Sun King knew how to warm up a room as well. Several thousand sheets of gold leaf were used in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles alone.

Versace brought in Sherle Wagner fixtures for a power room in his Miami home.

From this extravagance, we can learn tricks to warm up our own environments. Vintage leather books with gilded spines glow when featured in a bookcase or stacked as a base for an object of interest.

Small scale items such as this gilded clock add warmth when grouped with other textures.

I gilded these fabulous door recently. It added the perfect balance to the entry of the home.

You can get away with gilded ceilings in small areas. This was done in a small study featuring a wall of paintings in ornate gilded frames.

How about gilding the edges of a built in cabinet? Very subtle and classic.

Textiles can add a hint of gold through beading or gilded thread.

Don't forget gilded mirrors!

This Fornasetti table was found on 1stDibs- a collection of many antique dealers with a variety of wares including many gilded sconces, candlesticks, consoles and chairs to warm up your home. Gold can be a great way to warm up your home. Let me know what your favorite gold touch is!

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