Shy Stylists, Take Note: This Is How to Make Gold Look Subdued

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Here's the thing about using gold in kitchens — it doesn't have to overpower your look. While some may be worried that this glam metallic would steal any design show, there are ways to make it look subdued. Take this kitchen by Panorama Interiors as your muse: its use of gold is far from overwhelming. In fact, those bright features on the pendant lights and black barstools artfully oppose the dark wood island and flooring in such a way that makes the surrounding white cabinetry appear brighter. Then there's that long patterned runner, and its bold use of red, which plays into the confident gold-and-black features and works to complement the subtle white and wood, too. So, when working with gold, think of it as an exclamation point on your aesthetic. It won't crowd the room if it's used as a pop of alluring detail.

Recreate this glam-meets-casual look in your own space using these items.

Roadhouse Black Leather Bar Stool ( $279 )

Mirror Ball Pendant Light ( starting at $825 )

Surya Zeus Pink Runner ( $964.20 )


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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