Decorating with Gold Accents Adds Glamour at Home

Seeking touches of luxury at home? Decorate with gold accents in the kitchen, bathroom, dining, and living rooms

Image of gold sink and gold lighting finishes in a bathroomWhen have people not been enamored with gold? Artists and designers incorporated the hue into fashion, design, and interior decor for centuries. Today, interior design pros opt to decorate with gold accents in many rooms in the home—from living rooms and bedrooms to kitchens and baths. It doesn’t have to be gaudy: try offsetting a gold accent piece with more subdued hues. But if you want to, you can also go for broke and let your love for gold shine bright with multiple accents across fixtures, furniture, and wallpaper. 

Here, we look at recent Sweeten renovators who decorate with gold accents to add a punch of personality to their spaces. Sweeten matches home renovation projects with vetted general contractors, offering advice, support, and up to $50,000 in renovation financial protection—for free.

Adding gold accents in the kitchen

Image of a kitchen with blue cabinets and an island with gold bar stools(Above) Rachel + Marco’s renovated kitchen with gold barstools, cabinet pulls and fixtures

Image of a kitchen with a peninsula and gold bar stools and gold pendant lighting(Above) Jennifer and Joe’s kitchen with subtle gold accents

Image of a kitchen with gold pendant lighting and a gold sink(Above) Jennifer and Joe’s gold light pendant and sink

Rachel and Marco posted their home renovation project on Sweeten to find a match who could rework their two-floor duplex in Manhattan. The kitchen was the biggest update of the renovation. They chose a professional stove that they loved and matched their kitchen cabinets to the almost-black finish. This made their next choice easy: Offset the black oven with brighter gold accents. They did this by weaving gold through the cabinet hardware, as well as in the base of the elongated kitchen table. 

Jennifer and Joe hired a Sweeten contractor to help them reconfigure their closed-off kitchen area in their New Jersey apartment. With views of the Manhattan skyline, the room needed a sophisticated update. To do this, they installed dark cabinets and white marble countertops. What really pops, though, are the gold accents: the modern chandelier and shiny bar stools immediately catch guests’ eyes upon arrival.


Adding gold accents in the bathroom

Image of a bathroom entry with gold-accented shower and gold sinks

(Above) Allyson’s gold-accented bathroom

Image of close-up white bathroom tile with gold inlay accents

(Above) Allyson’s custom floor inlaid with gold-hued accents

Image of a glass enclosed tub with gold trim and fixtures(Above) Leah’s bathroom with subtle gold accents

Image of a glass enclosed tub with gold trim and a sink with gold fixtures(Above) Gold-trimmed shower door

Allyson, an avid traveler, purchased a circa-1920s home in Brooklyn knowing it needed to be renovated. She posted her project on Sweeten and was matched with a general contractor who replaced her bathroom with a more modern one. Allyson had collected artwork from around the world, so she wanted to make sure her love of culture was reflected in the ultimate design—and it was. Bringing rich, gold-bronze hues was one way to do so. She had brass-rod inlays laid into the custom floor.  And she sourced gold-brass sinks from Australia and installed similarly hued sconces. 

Leah had already been through a kitchen renovation when she turned to Sweeten for her next project: her bathroom. She wanted to replace the frumpy 1970s aesthetic with a more contemporary design. The rip-and-replace renovation didn’t take long, and it came out better than she thought. Originally she planned to incorporate white and silver tones, but at the last minute decided to add a touch of warmth by using gold fixtures. 


Adding gold accents to an entryway

Image of an entryway with a leaf-patterned wallpaper in gold(Above) Mitzie + Jenifer’s gold-leafed foyer

Jenifer and Mitzie knew as soon as they looked at their Brooklyn apartment (located in the desirable DUMBO section of the borough) that it was a good fit—despite its need for renovation. While they hired a Sweeten contractor to overhaul their kitchen and baths (which turned out beautifully!) perhaps the most eye-catching redesign was the entry. The apartments’ entrance features bold wallpaper in a gold hand foil.


Adding gold accents to a dining room

Image of a dining room with gold lighting fixtures (Above) Deanna + Daria’s elegant and grand dining room

When sisters Deanna and Daria found a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Sutton Place, they jumped at the chance to buy it. They then enlisted a Sweeten contractor to reimagine the space to meet their needs. Their style is surprisingly traditional, with a Chinoiserie influence and characterized by a bold pattern and color choice. This is on full display in their dining room: it is a mix of gold-hued wallpaper, a sparkly gold chandelier, and even a gold picture frame.


Adding gold accents in the living room

Image of a living room with seating area, featuring chairs with golden legs(Above) Tara Benet-designed living room

Image of a living room with a gold shelf and a gold coffee table(Above) Tatianna’s gold-hued living area

Interior designer Tara Benet was brought in to help a couple update their three-bedroom apartment in the I.M. Pei-designed Kips Bay tower in Manhattan. The kitchen had already been renovated a few years back, so the focus was on the living and dining rooms. Benet chose a white color palette for the living room—one that she could complement with deep, rich blues and spicier gold tones. Gold hues are reflected throughout the room in the coffee table, woven in the pillows, and throughout the lamps and light fixtures.

Tatianna asked her daughter, Alissa, who has a background in fashion, to help her reimagine the look of her new apartment. They hired a Sweeten contractor to do the labor but sourced all the materials themselves. The renovation result is a beautiful 975-square-foot condo. “My mom is very stylish and vibrant so we wanted to create a bright, airy contemporary space to match her style,” said Alissa. “We went for neutral gray tones with splashes of color.” The calming gray walls of the living room provide a backdrop that’s stylishly accessorized with gold-toned finishes and brass furniture. 

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