Glam gold - 10 of the best decorating ideas

Adding gold to your decorative scheme gives your rooms warmth and opulence

1/10 Opulent living room

living room with fireplace and sofa

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Luxury is the byword in this formal, gold-hued living room. The gold Harrods sofa sets the room's opulent tone while the striped wallpaper, gilded mirror and chandelier provide the perfect complement. The cream rugs and dark furniture ensure the look remains clean.


2/10 Luxurious gold and black living room

living room with candelier and wooden table

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A gold and black scheme give this room a sophisticated, glamorous look. The unusual wallpaper instantly catches the eye, while the chandelier is the perfect finishing touch.

Timorous Beasties

3/10 Classic golden dining room

dining room with chairs and tablecloth

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Create an instant focal point in your dining room with a golden tablecloth. Choose curtains, lighting and accessories to match, and pair with timeless wooden chairs for a sophisticated look.

Dining chairs
Scumble Goosie


4/10 Glamorous dining area

dining area with mirror and pendant

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Golden details are a luxurious accent to the warm wooden furniture in this striking dining room, while geometric patterns give it a contemporary edge.

Jonathan Adler
Established & Sons
Dare Studio

5/10 Metallic home office

home office with desk and curtains

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Who said home offices have to be boring? Give yours a luxurious lift with a gold colour scheme. Choose a metallic desk, chair and silk curtains for a lavish touch, but team up with understated colours on the walls to keep the look subtle.

Scumble Goosie
Desk painted in White Gold

The Little Greene Paint Company

The Natural Curtain Company

6/10 Gold-accent hallway

hallway with side table and antique mirror

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Gold is not just for the main rooms. In this hallway, discreet metallic details make all the difference. Choose a golden, French-style side table and echo the scheme with a feature wall of gilded mirrors and frames, and some gold embroidered cushions.

Wall paint
Farrow & Ball
Some cushions

Laura Ashley
Side table

The French Bedroom Company
Antique mirror

James Worrall

7/10 Flamboyant golden bathroom

golden bathroom with twin basins and mirror

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Gold is a great hue to create a rich feel in a compact space. In this bathroom, golden, marble-effect ceramic tiles are the perfect foil for a rolltop bath and twin basins with golden taps. A gilded frame and an oversize gilded mirror complete the look.

Roll-top bath
Boulton Brothers 01782 266362

8/10 Chic metallic bedroom

bedroom with cushion and sofa

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This stunning bedroom pulls off a look that is clean and grand at the same time. Golden curtains, bedding and grasscloth-covered walls add grown up glamour to the understated dark wood furniture and neutral carpet.

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Really Linda Barker

9/10 Glamorous golden bedroom

bedroom with drawers and frame on wall

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This bedroom is high on the glamour factor. Gold bedlinen contrast beautifully with the dark, polished furniture to create a lavish feel.

Similar bedlinen
Similar bed

John Lewis

10/10 Neutral and gold bedroom

bedroom with beside cabinet and rug

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You don't need to go all-out with gold to achieve a glamorous look in your bedroom - a detail is often enough. Here, a quilted golden throw adds a touch of opulence to this elegant cream bedroom, and creates a pleasant contrast with the dark bedside cabinets.

Bensons for Beds
Quilted throw

Bedside cabinets

Red Brick Mill
Similar rug

John Lewis
Similar carpet


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Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.