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5 Ways You Can Add Gold Accents to Your Home Without Overdoing It, According to an HGTV Expert

published May 14, 2021
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Sometimes, gold can seem too flashy and over the top to actually integrate into real houses. That is, until designer and host of HGTV’s “50K Three WaysTiffany Brooks showed viewers exactly how to do it in the latest episode.

With subtle and intentional integration, the gold designs in her “glamorous modern farmhouse” kitchen renovation is everything you’d hoped for — and you can get the look throughout your home. From gold outlet covers to stunning light fixtures, here are Brooks’ tips for you to try on your next room update.

Make a moment in your backsplash.

Backsplashes don’t have to be white subway tile — they can incorporate gold details that pop in a kitchen or bathroom. Brooks’ upgraded tile in the kitchen featured metallic beads that looked like upscale polka dots, creating an understated but fancy vibe for the room. Adding gold into tiles can play off of gold pulls on cabinets, a look that works well on bathroom vanities, too.

Glam up your outlet and lightswitch covers

If you’ve only had standard white outlet covers, you are in for a treat. With gold outlet covers, you can easily upgrade a basic that exists in every room. This small detail is also subtle enough to avoid being over the top, too.

Pair metals with wood.

The modern farmhouse look comes into play when discovering how great wood and gold can look together. Brooks isn’t afraid to pair floating wooden shelves with some gold shimmer, taking it from basic farmhouse design to a more high-end luxury look (swipe above to see for yourself).

Choose gold metal furniture.

Brooks chose stunning kitchen island stools with gold criss-cross wire in the back support. You don’t have to be designing a kitchen to take a lesson from this; choose a gold-legged accent chair for your living room, or a well-placed stool featuring gold accents for the bathroom. You can also embrace gold through subtle details in lamps, accent art, and end tables.

Integrate metallics into your lighting.

Brooks proves that an ideal opportunity to integrate gold touches is in your lighting, which she demonstrates by installing white globe lights with gold metal framing. Going vertical with gold accents helps draw the eye upward and potentially making a space look larger, too.

$50K Three Ways” airs Mondays at 9/8 central on HGTV and Discovery+.