Most of us are hoping that 2021 will (eventually) turn out to be a golden year. The good news is, in terms of interiors, it’s already happening. Metallic finishes have been growing in popularity for a number of years, underpinned by cooler colours such as chrome, stainless steel and silver.
These options have gradually been complemented by warmer tones, which has led – literally – to a new gold standard. So if you’re keen to use this latest lockdown to update your decor, don’t be afraid to experiment with this surprisingly versatile shade. After all, gold taps are enjoying a serious moment in luxury kitchens. Assistant product manager Ashley Allen offers some expert advice on how to get going with the gilt.
I think gold is one of the most versatile shades in both fashion and interiors. However, this finish may still be considered by some to be garish and gaudy – an out-of-date relic from the 80s and OTT oligarch designs. But, when it’s used creatively in the right shade, gold is a brilliant way to add interest and individuality to a room. Forget blingy and bright: subtle, muted gold looks incredibly chic and stylish.
These accents look gorgeous in light, white kitchens, but work equally well to offset dark worktops and cabinetry. The key, as with most things in life, is moderation. Choose your colour carefully on products, which will suit the size and space of your kitchen. Pairing gold taps with a matching sink can look stunning. Or simply tie these in with other selected design highlights, such as on your lighting and/or door handles.
Gold taps used to be synonymous with antique or ornate designs, but nowadays there are plenty of contemporary options to choose from. Sleek, minimalistic lines are perfect if you’re keen to avoid overkill. And my advice is to steer clear from highly polished finishes to help dial down the bling.
Even if your tastes are more traditional, there’s still a place for gold taps in your kitchen. An antique brass finish, as sported by our Frampton Single Control Tap is a great gold effect alternative. Still on-trend, I think this muted tone is the perfect choice for a classic in-frame or painted kitchen.