The end of the year is all about celebration and adding a touch of gold to your home will help you embrace the vibe. OHLALA brings some tips on including this metallic hue into your décor.


While combining gold and black could be tricky and sometimes too dramatic, going for gold and white is easier and chic. Combine white with earthy tones and natural hues as the base for gold accents. The palette can be used in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms – it will give your space a refined and luxurious touch. The colour combo is great for those who love minimalism but want to add lively elements without shocking hues.


If you are looking for something grand to pair with gold, opt for green. This combination is quintessentially festive, which is great for the holiday season. However, depending on the green tone, this colour combo can be a success the entire year. Deep jungle greens and splashes of gold accessories are a match made in tropical heaven. Go for deep, cool-toned greens such as teal for a sophisticated and elegant ambience.

If you want to add an eye-catching element, go for a sculpturelike piece of furniture. “Il Pavone (The peacock) is my allegory to luxury. This majestic animal never worries about survival; he doesn’t hide or escape. His time and energy are used to display his beauty,” says Marc Ange, a Franco-Italian artist and designer, about his capsule collection for Visionnaire.

Visionnaire is a luxury brand of reference in the interior design sector Made in Italy.


According to Dunn-Edwards paints, the 2023 Colour of the Year is Terra Rosa. A deep dusty pink hue with a touch of terra-cotta influence. Combining gold and shades other than white and black can have an overwhelming result. According to architect Marilia La Marca, there’s a very thin line between what qualifies as chaotic and chic. So, it is important to be cautious, but she encourages it with a tip: “Don’t be scared and follow the rule of three, which is considered the perfect number in interior design. To find the right balance and harmony and to stay on the sophisticated, safe side, insert just three accents of gold in a coloured space.” The rule of three says that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable and effective than even-numbered groupings.


The Middle Eastern modern interior design brand, Aura Living, believes that: “In contemporary art, gold continues to convey a multitude of different meanings and holds the symbols of prosperity, fortune and status. A gold colour palette is often used in home décor and artistic installations. However, one has to be very attentive and meticulous when incorporating this shade into their home interior. As much as it can add a touch of sophistication, too much gold can have quite the opposite effect on the aesthetic of your surroundings.”

Things to keep in mind when decorating with gold:

  1. Add a touch of this metallic shade on a big surface. It can be on your floor with an interesting rug or a piece of modern art in gold hues to spice up your neutral space in a classy yet bold way.
  2. Choose the real protagonist – an interesting, eclectic and unique piece of furniture, like an emblematic coffee table. The Eden Gold Center Table by Boca do Lobo is a good pick. The Eden Series explores organic shapes and their texture is influenced by trees and flora. Their unique forms are achieved through several manual processes delivered by an experienced team of craftsmen.
  3. Add an accessory like a vase, a candle holder or a precious lamp, especially when involving vivid colours in the composition, like rusty pink and gold. Don’t forget: three is the magic number.
  4. Mix and match different finishings. Play with shiny, matte and polished surfaces.
  5. Balance little gold touches with big surfaces of plain or calm colours to give rhythm to the composition. Because, even if you give gold a little space, it will always try to steal the scene, to be the protagonist and the most sparkly element.

For more inspiration follow @auraliving@bocadolobo,
@marc.ange@marinahomeinteriors and @marilia.lamarca

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