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15 Refined Decorating Ideas in Glittering Black and Gold

Few color combinations work as well as black and yellow both in terms of elegance and visual impact. But this classic color duo is elevated to a whole new level when you replace the diverse shades of yellow with the dazzling allure of gold. Black and gold is a combination that dates back to the time of ancient Egypt, Constantinople and Rome. Of course, the pharaohs and the Roman emperors had plenty of actual gold to spare when it came to interior decorating! For us, it is paint, wallpaper, tiles and decor that get the job done in an equally impressive fashion.

Mediterranean dining room in gold and black with modern vibe 15 Refined Decorating Ideas in Glittering Black and Gold
Mediterranean dining room in gold and black with modern vibe [Design: JAUREGUI Architect Builder]

Gold and black is a high-contrast blend that combines refinement with timeless beauty while elevating the opulence of the setting. It is a duo that can be used in a variety of styles ranging from the contemporary to the vintage and Victorian. The 15 captivating inspirations on display today teach you how to approach this glamorous pair with unmatched flair –

Sophisticated Living and Dining

It is tempting to stay away from using dark and bright colors in the living area and using a neutral backdrop that allows you to switch between trendy accent shades with the changing seasons. But for those who are willing to go down the daring path of creating a stunning and classy living space that taps into the beauty of black, gold is the ideal complimentary hue. While contemporary living and dining spaces in black benefit from smart gold accents, lighting fixtures and furnishings, retro and classic homes can use gold more extensively. Lighting plays a very important role here, and the smart use of ambient and accent lighting can turn the room into a sensational hangout.

Zebra rug, black backdrop along with gold accents for the living room
Zebra rug, black backdrop along with gold accents for the living room
Stunning dining room in black with hints of gold
Stunning dining room in black with hints of gold
Ceiling also adds golden glint to the living room [Photography by Eric Piaseck]
Ceiling also adds golden glint to the living room [Photography by Eric Piaseck]
Black and gold coupled with beige in the living room [Design: Oliver Burns]
Black and gold coupled with beige in the living room [Design: Oliver Burns]
Gold brings an air of posh elegance to the black backdrop [From: Moshi Gitelis]
Gold brings an air of posh elegance to the black backdrop [From: Moshi Gitelis]

Bring Back the Glam!

Are you bored with bedrooms that seem both mundane and uninspiring? How about adding a hint of black and a whole lot of gold to up the ‘glam quotient’! Going with an all-black backdrop is not always the best choice, as most homeowners want a more relaxing and cheerful ambiance. Instead, opt for dark shades of gray or even purple, which will complement those bold black throws and pillows perfectly. Another smart approach is to pick paint in a golden hue with a matte finish so that the bedroom has a pleasant yet appealing vibe. As always, it will be the lighting fixtures, nightstands, drapes and bedding that will define the overall look.

Wallpapered walls in gold and black decor and throws give the master bedroom a luxurious look [Design: Design-OD]
Wallpapered walls in gold and black decor and throws give the master bedroom a luxurious look [Design: Design-OD]
Asian inspired bedroom in black and gold [Design: Just Jill! Interiors]
Asian inspired bedroom in black and gold [Design: Just Jill! Interiors]
Sophisticated use of black, gold and gray in the bedroom [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Sophisticated use of black, gold and gray in the bedroom [Design: Atmosphere Interior Design]
Trendy use of matte gold and black in the bedroom [Design: TG-Studio]
Trendy use of matte gold and black in the bedroom [Design: TG-Studio]

Dark and Contemporary

While gold and black might not be a chart-topping duo in the living room or the bedroom, it sure is a showstopper in the contemporary bathroom that turns heads and steals the show. A dark bathroom evokes images of indulgence and affluence, and gold offers the icing on the cake with its mesmerizing presence. Sinks, faucets and other bathroom fixtures in a golden hue are pretty easy to find and do not look out of place even in the most modern settings. With retro and art deco style vanities and cabinets becoming a hot trend in 2015, now is the time to transform your old white and blue bathroom into a bold, dark and dashing relaxation zone.

Brilliantly backlit onyx in the bathroom adds gold to the dark space [From: Marco Joe Fazio]
Brilliantly backlit onyx in the bathroom adds gold to the dark space [From: Marco Joe Fazio]
Red Tigers Eye stone feature wall adds gold to the glam bathroom [From: Enigma Interiors]
Red Tigers Eye stone feature wall adds gold to the glam bathroom [From: Enigma Interiors]
Traditional powder room in gold and black [Design: M. Wright Design]
Traditional powder room in gold and black [Design: M. Wright Design]
Gold wall covering adds texture to the bathroom wall [Photography: Janet Paik]
Gold wall covering adds texture to the bathroom wall [Photography: Janet Paik]
All you need is some gold paint to create magic in the dark bathroom! [Design: Dorothee Junkin Design Studio]
All you need is some gold paint to create magic in the dark bathroom! [Design: Dorothee Junkin Design Studio]

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