Candlelight hues are the comfort food of colour. From burnished beeswax to sparkling champagne, golds instantly make a room feel intimate and welcoming. Gold is the “ultimate warm neutral” that works with almost any colour, says designer David Bromstad, host of Color Splash on HGTV (a 24-hour channel on decor) in the US. Bromstad uses the hue as a base when he wants an inviting feel. “It’s like getting a warm hug,” he says.
Light it right
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Gold can be tricky in the way it reacts with light, Bromstad says. Flourescent light tends to bring out the green in golds, while natural light makes shades more yellow. “A combination of natural and artificial light is the best way to showcase gold in all its glory.”
Bromstad likes to pair candlelight colours with lime green, light blue, or white. For a neutral look, he layers different shades of gold.
“Metallics are a hot trend right now,” Bromstad says. But a little goes a long way, so use metallics primarily as accents.
This mellow gold is absolutely decadent
with chocolate shades. Apricot Brandy 10yy 35/543; ICI Dulux.
2. Golden glimmer
Paint this rich umber on panelling to add depth to a room. Gold Rush x101; Asian Paints.
3. Fiery flame
Natural wood tones balance glimmering hues. Use this colour on walls
in built-in seating nooks
for an intimate feel. 2-0205D; Berger.
4. Creamy copper
When light reflects off metallics, the effect is elegant. Try on dining room walls and pair with bronze accessories. Gold Strike 20yy 46/425; ICI Dulux.