How to pull gold tones & gray colors together when decorating

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How to pull gold tones & gray colors together when decorating
Warm up a grey room with gold-toned accents. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Most decor is centred around a colour scheme of complementary or contrasting colours, which are usually all cool or all warm colours. Create a balanced room by decorating with gold -- a warm colour -- and grey -- a cool colour. The two tones can work to create a visually stimulating room without it being too warm or too cold. Think of golden leaves against a grey autumn sky or majestic gold artefacts set against grey stone for inspiration.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Paint the room grey or use a patterned wallpaper that includes grey and white. Alternatively, use a golden colour on the walls.

  2. 2

    Use neutral-coloured furniture in the room, such as grey, black or white. Wood should have a deep, warm golden tone to complement your colour scheme. Mix in golden furniture if possible. For example, pair a grey sofa with a gold armchair, as long as the pieces are complementary in size, style and shape. Use pillows with patterns to unite the furniture.

  3. 3

    Brighten the room with gold-coloured window treatments. A gold and grey pattern will incorporate the grey from the walls, while adding warmth and colour.

  4. 4

    Hang gold-framed pictures, mirrors or paintings with gold tones. Alternatively, gold sconces or sculptures will "pop" off the grey walls.

  5. 5

    Accessorise the room with patterns and other items that fall within your gold and grey colour scheme. It's OK to include a neutral colour, such as white or black to anchor the colour scheme. For example, put white flowers in a gold vase, a grey and white patterned pillow on a gold chair and a gold and white patterned pillow on a grey chair. Use a grey and white or grey and yellow patterned rug to anchor your entire room.

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