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Rose gold is all the rage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 August, 2014, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 March, 2016, 5:31pm

The pinkish-hued metal is a hot interior trend.

In a sporting year which has brought us the Winter Olympics and the football World Cup, interior designers are also going for gold. But not in the traditional sense. Rose gold – a pinkish-hued metal made from a mixture of gold and copper – is one of the hot interior trends this year.

Design blogs are abuzz with reports about rose gold, and at leading events, such as the imm Cologne contemporary furniture and design fair, one is bound to spot the rose-gold theme.

British designer Tom Dixon was one of the early starters, designing his Shade globe light in rose gold back in 2005, followed by a range of watches and fashion jewellery. “Since then, [rose gold] has become firmly established in modern interior design,” says Wolfram Quast of Dornbracht, a German luxury kitchen and bathroom company, which has released a new range of tapware, called Cyprum, based on this trendy metal.

“It’s fresher, more feminine and light-hearted than chrome and stainless steel – a perfect combination of classic and modern,” Quast says. The finish develops its own impressive patina over the years, which adds to the charm, he says.

Amy Timbrell, founder and director of Everything Begins, an online art gallery and design boutique, says that with rose gold having been front and centre of the fashion world for several seasons, it is no surprise that this trend has arrived in interiors. “Interior trends often follow what we are seeing and have been seeing on the catwalks.

“It’s a look that works particularly well with a minimalist or Scandinavian interior,” Timbrell says. “Colours like rose gold and metallics, as well as soft pinks, infuse a subtle, ever-so-light hint of colour into these schemes.

“Black, white and rose gold is a killer combination. Ways to introduce rose gold into your interiors are things like pendant lights and lamps, vases and candles – such as those from Tom Dixon – or a divine Eden rose gold metallic bed frame by Incy Interiors.”

For pampered princesses, Eden also comes in a baby’s cot.

And Hong Kong’s Indigo Living has designed a line of contemporary mirrored bedroom furniture in a rose gold mirror finish, which managing director John McLennan says “fits perfectly into the trend of new metal and mirror colours”.

While Hongkongers are more likely to buy polished silver – “a clean and sophisticated look that works well in a Hong Kong home” – Indigo has been adding more and more toned-down gold accents to its accessory pieces, and they are proving popular, McLennan says. “The bronze/brass metal colour also pairs well with the muted retro colour pallets and retro look and feel which is a strong trend worldwide, and very much so here in Hong Kong.”

Jigsaw Design from the United States also recommends experimenting with rose gold – a “precious metal [which] will give any room a fun updated look with a gorgeous glow”. “Try adding a few pieces to spruce up a room that is all neutrals,” the site says.  “It looks beautiful with hard wood floors, and pairs well with virtually any colour.  We especially love rose gold with white, blush, burgundy, cream, navy and purple.”

As designers step away from the cool tones of silver and pewter towards luxurious coppers, rose gold and antique brass, they are joyously mixing it up – pairing two or more contrasting metals into one gorgeous accent piece, or combining metal with wood to create furniture and fixtures with vintage or industrial appeal.  The metal trend has made its way to other materials, with rose gold being woven into pillows, or cocooned in cork or glass.

French designer Jean-Louis Deniot embraced the metal trend extensively in his Paris apartment – including the placement of a brass bench in the entrance, and hammered silver-clad cabinetry in the kitchen, all crafted to order in Morocco – but for those interested in making a less dramatic or expensive statement, you can always dress up existing fittings with the new rose gold drawer pulls.

For those on a budget, it’s also a look that works particularly well with another hot tend: handmade. Timbrell says there’s no better time to get creative and put your hands to work on small DIY rose gold projects: "Spray painting parts of furniture or vases and vessels with rose gold for a flash of metallic, dipping the handles of salad servers into rose gold paint, or adding some surprise elements to a room with rose gold paper as drawer liners or wall decals."