What Paint Color Looks Good With Gold?

Gold paints run the gamut from honey gold to metallic shades. The colour complements diverse decor styles. Determining the right paint colour to go with gold depends on a number of factors that work together.

Colour Wheel

Gold falls on the warm side of the colour palette on the colour wheel. Where the colour is positioned on the colour wheel will give you some insight into how to find the right colour to go with your gold paint. Analogous colours like red and orange work with gold, because they are situated side by side. Other possible combinations are colour wheel opposites. In this case, that means a shade of purple.

Decorating Styles

Decorating styles should help you narrow down the colour choices that you'd like to pair with gold paint. For example, a 60s-themed decorating scheme would work perfectly with the gold/ purple combination. These colours together fit the style. When choosing one paint colour to complement another, keep this in mind.


If the gold paint is metallic, often the best bet for this is something like a black lacquer or a dark Chinese red. However, unless you're looking specifically for a bold look, stay away from metallic paints. They tend to overwhelm the space.

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Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.