Home decor ideas are a pretty general topic, but in our case, all that glitters is indeed gold. Gold has always had a place in our mythology: think Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Goose who Laid the Golden Egg, and Midas — the Man with the Golden Touch. And in our vernacular: Solid Gold, Gold Standard, Golden Globes, Good as Gold, Golden Girls – I could go on and on. But we’re here today to talk about gold in decor and home decorating.
You could certainly overdo it. Pretty quickly, too. So if you have a habit of going overboard, gold may not be a good idea. For example, never, never, never have a gold toilet.
Home Decor Ideas: Gold Sculptures and Figurines
This Jay Strongwater Pave Gorilla features 14K matte gold. Might as well start big. Well, not that big. He’s 7.5″ high. He mesmerizes me.
From Ella James, gold mother and baby giraffe sculptures. She captures something, doesn’t she?
William D. Scott’s gold Scottie dog is really on a different level than your typical dog figurine. Maed of solid cast iron with a distressed gold finish — he has such a whimsical face. He’s the perfect curio for a Scottie owner.
The Paris Lock from Ashley Childers commemorates the world-famous Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The bridge is famous for its thousands of padlocks attached to the bridge, locked by lovers proclaiming their love. There others around the world, like the Skinny Bridge (Magere brug) that crosses the river Amstel in Amsterdam. The Paris Lock has a more romantic ring. Whichever bridge it reminds you of, I love it.
The Jamie Young Flutter Away butterfly mirror is a mirror, yes. But also a stunning sculptural piece.
Golden Vases and Vessels
This Anasazi Gold Drops On-Stand Vase is an incredible piece of art. Crackled ceramic vase with gold drops that defy gravity. Really a head-turner.
The LSA International Karat Vase is hand-painted with real gold. Just a 35mm layer, but it’s real nonetheless. Looks fantastic with something as simple as lacy green fern stalks.
The Gold Star Struck bowl from the John Richards Collection.
Home Decor Ideas: Golden Candle Holders
Oh my – I’m in love with this Golden Crocodile Candle Holder – he’s another bohemian table conversation piece. You could almost tell a story with your candleholders. He’d go great with the palm tree candlesticks below.
These Michael Aram Candle Holders are very nicely done palm trees and they look spectacular with gold taper candles. I’m in love with this whole set-up, they even have gold cheese and crackers.
Gold banana candle holders from the UK make me smile. What about putting yellow taper candles in them? Whimsical, and just the right accent for your bohemian table. Especially if you plan something like Bananas Foster for dessert.
The Duck Foot candle holder, again from Ella James. This one is super eccentric but it appeals to me. What can I say?
These are called the Long Legs candle holder set – and I’m not sure what kind of a bird they had in mind, but maybe a flamingo or crane. They certainly are eccentric, whimsical, the whole thing. The candles sit up nice and high and seriously, they’ll start a lot of conversations at the table.
The Fornasetti scented candle comes in the most delightful jar that features the face of the Italian opera goddess, Lina Cavalieri. And the most delightful scent – Otto. Which matches Fornasetti’s signature perfume, created by the “nose” of Chanel, Olivier Polge. This is no ordinary perfumed candle, in other words.
These Gold wrapped Flameless Candles radiate warmth and look good. Combining tradition candles with LED wire lights is a really clever idea. Always buy “good” flameless candles. They last longer and the inexpensive ones look inexpensive.
Buddhas and Other Golden Gods
This Buddha is posed in the Varadamudra – a hand gesture that claims the Earth as a witness of enlightenment and signifying compassion and sincerity. It doesn’t get much better than that.
This Lord Genesh statue is just shy of four feet tall. Imposing, impressive. Ganesh is revered in Hindu culture as the god of success and the destroyer of obstacles. I’ll take two.
This Dancing Shiva Sculpture is one of the most iconic and enigmatic symbols of Hinduism. The dance is known as The Bliss – and celebrates the ying and the yang — both life and death, both creation and destruction. It’s all part of enlightenment.
From left to right Gods of the Egyptian Realm are: Horus, the falcon god of divine order; Anubis, the jackal god of the dead and embalming; Serqet, the scorpion goddess of protection; Sekhmet, the lion goddess of power and war; and Tutankhamen, the legendary young pharaoh. Available as a collection or individually.
Home Decor Ideas: Gold Tabletop
These stunning Alchemie Gold Chargers are plated with 24K gold. The trick is not to overdo your gold. See the collection below, mixed and matched with other available colors. That’s the way to go.
Gold splash dinner plates from Jonathan Adler would make great platings for a dinner of artist friends.
The Deadly Sins hand-blown glass tumblers have attitude, I love them. It would be a interesting conversation starter to have guests pick their sin of preference.
The Le Wink Salt and Pepper set made me smile.
Golden Lighting: Table, Floor and Pendant
The golden rabbit! it’s a Hetty Hare Table lamp statement piece.
Gold Flamingo table lamp — with a pink shade!
This Golden Palm Pendant Light is elegant in its simplicity.
This Madam Stoltz gold palm leaf table lamp has character.
Bigger Pieces of Gold
A bedroom? Why not? This Lili Alessandra Yovanna’s European throw is luxurious.
The Kobi Gold Wire Chair is a subtle piece of accent furniture.
This Gold Pineapple Side Table is a statement piece.
As is the gigantic Accolade Vase.
I told you at the start of this rambling curation to be careful and not overdo it and never, never, never install a gold toilet.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Gold toilet brush.