Why does gold have a bad reputation? Yes, it is the color associated with opulence and gaudiness. Yes, gold jewelry can be tacky. But, gold is a beautiful color and you don’t have to be the Queen of Sheba to decorate with it. Small minimal splashes of it can add lots of grace and depth to your space. In order to not overdo the color and look like the Palace of Versailles, stick to a blank pallet. If you want to add a giant gilded mirror, stick to simple furniture in neutral colors like camel or white. Or if you found the perfect living room set with a gold frame, get a glass coffee table, something transparent so that the focus is not taken away from the furniture. Gold is a color that stands out and when you invest in a beautiful gold piece (which everyone should), let it be the center of attention. Fussy colors and odd shapes can be distracting. The only exception I can really point out is color blocking. Using a decorative oversized gold frame to showcase a brightly colored piece of art. Or, upholstering a chair with a contrasting bright color like blue, purple or red, keeping the walls free of all artwork. This can really make a statement, but if you want to go for this look, be sure to NOT make another statement in the room. You don’t want the whole room to be screaming for attention. So be responsible with your diva pieces and let them be queen bee. After all, everyone needs something rich in their home.