Gold is a classic choice for walls. So, why is it so difficult to find one that isn’t too bold?
Selecting the Perfect Gold Paint Color
When gold is used well, the color creates a warm, cheerful environment. When used poorly, it can be a garish eyesore that begs to be changed. So, what must you keep in mind when selecting a gold?
First and foremost understand that yellow, the highest concentration of colorant in gold, is a color that the eye perceives more readily than most. This, more than any other reason, causes us to select a gold that’s more bold than what we anticipated.
Second, take the gold’s undertone under careful consideration. Generally, if the bulk of the colors in your room are cool, you’ll want to use a gold with a cool (or blue) undertone. Conversely, if most of your room’s furnishings are warm, you’ll want to investigate golds with a warm (red) undertone.
How do you determine, if your undertones are more warm or cool ? I believe the easiest way is to take the gold color chips you’re contemplating into the room where you plan to use them. If upon putting the color chips next to your furnishings they feel a bit green, you likely have warm undertones in your room. If the gold appears slightly orange, your furnishings are probably on the cool side.
So, the next time you decide to use gold in your home, utilize these two tips. 1) Keep in mind that all golds, and yellows, will appear stronger, and brighter, than we imagine. Thus, select a lighter or softer color than you think looks perfect on the small color chip. 2) Determine whether your room has predominately warm or cool undertones, and choose your gold accordingly.
To achieve a look similar to the one above, try Benjamin Moore’s Citrine AF-370 on the walls, Dune White 968 for trim and ceiling, and Silhouette AF-655 as an accent. For those that looked at the photo above and determined that the gold has a cool undertone… Congratulations! Your eye for color ROCKS! Leave me a comment and let me know if you were able to discern the cool undertone.