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Gold Rush Is on in Home Decor

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By Mary Beth Breckenridge

decorating with gold(MCT)—Designers are once again going for gold.

The metal has been on the decorative outs for a couple of decades, but it’s making its way back into home decor — this time in a burnished, warmer form.

Gold and other yellow metallics are showing up in furniture, lighting, even fabrics and wall coverings. They bring a little glimmer to a room, a little understated glamour.

This isn’t some ornate casbah look or a return to staid Colonial style, however. Today’s gold metals are soft and subdued, often with the complex look of handcrafting.

Doty Horn, who runs the color marketing firm ColorVoyant in Holicong, Pa., thinks gold’s resurgence is tied to the economic recovery, but not because of its association with money. Gold is in the yellow family, which she said is a happy, positive color.

“It’s a sign of optimism,” she says.

Rose gold is especially popular now, Horn said, its pinkish hue adding complexity without the hardness and rustiness of copper. Brass is coming back, too, although in a lower-luster finish.

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