Go For True Gold



During the Rio Olympics, many have witnessed athletes in their quests for gold. Earning a gold medal elevates recipients to the top of their discipline, and they often commemorate it in unique ways. Some get tattoos of the Olympic Rings. Some buy or build intricate display cases. Boxer Joe Frazier supposedly had his medal cut into 11 pieces to give to each of his children. Whatever way the athletes choose to remember the event by, most say they'll always cherish the memory of standing on the highest platform, wearing the color they'd chased for a good portion of their life. 


While designers and interior decorators might not obsess over the color gold quite as much as Olympic athletes, it can still present its challenges. Finding the perfect shade can help bring a project together or drive a designer crazy - so it might be time for a paint color matching tool! 


Here are some tips and background information for those trying to go for gold in their own lives and homes. 


An Overview of Gold


The web color gold may be referred to as "golden" in order to differentiate from metallic gold color. Traditionally, gold has been used as a color term is in reference to the color “metallic gold.” Metallic gold has been defined as:





“A light olive-brown to dark yellow, or a moderate, strong to vivid yellow.”


Metallic gold, when used in paint, is often referred to as "gold-tone" or "goldtone." When a metallic or silver object is painted with transparent yellow, the hue of goldtone can be achieved by the interior designer or crafty amateur. The metallic shine of metal gold is hard to achieve with a single color, as the reflective brightness of the materials must be accounted for, as well as the amount of incoming light.


Metallic paint has been used in sacral art, East Asian traditional looks, and art nouveau art styles to achieved desired effects. Many shades of gold exist, including:


  • Pale gold;

  • Golden yellow;

  • Sunglow; and

  • Golden poppy.


It is now possible to achieve the exact shade of gold needed for interior design projects and to spruce up ornamentation and fine details within a space. How can you win with gold?


Potential Wins with Gold Applications


Gold can be used to transform modern and classic homes. It is a timeless shade that has often been associated with wealth and privilege. Gold has been used in various cultures and throughout the centuries, and it has even found a foothold in the modern aesthetic.


  • Gold can be used to add a reflective touch to painted dining room ceilings. A white crown molding can keep the color contained and defined. Gold on a larger scale need not overwhelm a space but add a touch of refined unexpectedness to a room.

  • Gold plays well in the bathroom. Add or refinish hardware and accessories in gold in the bathroom to update the look. Feel free to mix and match different finishes and metallic hues to keep the space interesting.

  • Spruce up accessories and tables in living rooms and bedrooms. The reflective qualities of metallic gold add additional light in a space and pairs well with mirrors, metallic objects, and even antiques.


Seize Your Gold


Capture the shade that fits your unique look and space. Gold can be used in spaces large and small to add a luxurious touch. Vintage enthusiasts, antique collectors, and even modernists look to the perfect shade of gold to complement their home and showcase their personality. If you see the perfect shade when you're out, scan and collect it using your COLOR MUSE paint color matching tool. Shop now for yours!