Gold finishes in hardware, lighting and furniture has taken its sweet time in becoming mainstream. Back in October 2011, when I wrote this post about choosing hardware for your kitchen, I declared that gold was too warm for a white kitchen.
I see now that I was reacting to the lighting in that kitchen which I didn’t particularly like.
Is it trendy?
Sure it is, but just like any trend, if you are choosy about where you place gold finishes and don’t suddenly install them EVERYWHERE, it will be easier to switch them out when the trend changes.
Of course hardware and lighting are easier to replace than faucets which are a little more of a commitment. After all, NO ONE wants their 80s brassy swan faucets anymore, do they?
Now that gold finishes are showing up every time we turn around, it’s like any trend. Once we see the new trend everywhere we start loving it and suddenly all the finishes we were perfectly happy with start looking dated. And so last week, for the first time, I specified gold hardware and lighting for a client’s kitchen.
When gray first came in, I heard so many people say, “I would NEVER introduce gray into my home, it’s too depressing.” If you were one of those people, you’ve probably changed your tune by now. Especially because gray is far from depressing if you’ve done it right.
What’s the shelf life of this trend? I would say it definitely has a 10-year life span, just like any trend (different from a fad which can be as short as one season).
I live an hour and 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver and recently, when I was in a plumbing store with a client, I noticed there was not a single stitch of gold hardware or faucets in sight.
There must be too many people who are still replacing brass door knobs from the 80s out here so they haven’t quite forgotten how much they hate it in their dated house.
So, over to you my lovelies? What say you? Is your chrome or brushed nickel starting to look a little dated to your eye yet? I’m starting to wish my kitchen was a little older, so I could justify switching out the lighting and hardware already!
But it’s not, so I’ll have to wait until I start renovating my bathrooms and then I’ll carefully consider where this trend might fit!
If you are considering adding some gold finishes in your kitchen, here’s a tip: if you have stainless appliances and you want to add some gold like they did above, you’re now mixing the look of silver with the look of gold. Repeat it at least once and you’ll be golden.
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