(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

Matte black and gold are on opposite sides of the shiny spectrum; black absorbs light, while gold reflects it. Just black would border on the morose, while gold alone can read tacky and over the top. Together, however, they are the odd couple of entertaining, working in tandem on your holiday table.

Here are a host of matte black and gold finds for the party season. Nine out of ten are even under $25:

  1. Threshold Cocktail Decanter from Target, $16.99
  2. Shanna Murray Plates from West Elm; $8
  3. Threshold Brass Finish Wine Rack from Target; $24.99
  4. Salud Gift Set from Z Gallerie; $24.95
  5. Kraftware Serving Tray from Bed Bath & Beyond; $24.99
  6. Metallic Print Glassware Set from West Elm; $34 (okay, this is over $25)
  7. Angenäm Bowl from Ikea; $24.99
  8. Key Bottle Holder from CB2; $4.95
  9. Gold Confetti Paper Napkins from Anthropologie; $8

(Images: as linked above)