By Julie Browning Bova
When asked about how gold inspires me and how it plays a role in our interiors it is the one element that makes me always smile.
I happen to love adding a decorative gold element, be it a mirror, a chandelier, a chest or an artifact. For example, a unique chest added to a mud room can add an element of surprise, refined sparkle or act as the perfect place for your candy dish or seasonal floral arrangement.
Looking back to the first moment I stood in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles I remember that it was a breathtaking sight. Every gilded candelabra, every crystal chandelier sparkled. The mirrors played with light and reflected the room far unto imaginary distances. A sense of awe at the craftsmanship is forever embedded in my memory.
For contemporary living a mirror’s reflection, crystal, a touch of gold and a wood floor make a glorious combination of materials.
The layering of materials is what makes the use of gold so enticing. Light fixtures with gold accents, sideboards with inlaid details, chair frames gilt in gold leaf. Aged or patinated, the reflection of a gold timeless finish softens the lines of any piece of furniture.
Gold adds glamour, luxury and a special lightness to every room. This beautiful desk from Theodore Alexander combines both gold and silver in an elegant hand crafted finish. Eglomise brings the subtle reflections of a mirrored surface with the softness of gold.
From Egyptian pharaohs from the 18th dynasty to the ancient cultures throughout civilization gold has been the symbol of wealth, power and treasure. Hollywood looks to gold to add a special flair.
Entertaining with a lovely gold tea tray with champagne flutes filled with our favourite bubbly, a Tiffany tea set, porcelain with gold accents can make the most casual gathering seem like a royal affair.
February marks the month of Love, Fashion, Hollywood Glamor and Oscar gold, with the emphasis on luxe and elegance. The return of gold on the fashion runway and red carpet is exciting! Gilded sequins, lame, mesh, brocade and layers of luxurious fabrics will grace this season’s prestigious awards ceremonies.
One past film that comes to mind is the unforgettable James Bond’s Goldfinger and the image of Jill Masterson’s painted body. It was once stated that the five minute golden scene “defined the start of the Bond saga rise to world acclaim”. What a strong example of how a film’s visual images can influence culture.