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In this room, a large canvas with metallic gold paint turns an ordinary white credenza into a showpiece. The contrasting black lamp further enhances the drama of the wall. Budget tipSelecting art that’s inexpensive but looks high-end can be a challenge. It’s also difficult because art is subjective and personal. For affordable options, turn to online sites or even browse your local flea markets. Look for large original painted canvases or framed prints, as they typically look more high-end than a printed canvas. Simple shapes and forms that appeal to you and that add a pop of colour or drama can work to create a gallery-like feeling in your living room.
Add a dose of gold with artwork, as in this ivory-toned space. An abstract gold painting takes centrestage against a backdrop of pure white, giving the room an air of modern luxury. Golden wall lamps flank the painting, serving as understated design statements. The gold theme can easily be worked over by replacing the artwork with one in a different colour palette.
Go for low-level furnitureIt stands to reason that the taller and bulkier your furniture is, the more light it will block out, so choose low-slung pieces and your room will feel instantly brighter. What’s more, your ceiling will automatically feel higher, too. Pick light-coloured pieces and the whole effect will be enhanced still further.
1. Hang up a piece of artA clean eggshell wall can be instantly elevated with a work of art. Pick meaningful portrayals that fit your idea of personal design. A medley of soulful paintings, photographs and sculptures, freshly sourced or from your own personal archive, can speak volumes about your interests and inclinations. If you’re just starting your collection, decide which medium you’d like to focus on before you begin buying pieces. A gold-toned work of art, like this one, can tie in well with an all-white space, lending an air of opulence.
It makes walls gleamWhy use gold or any metallic on a wall? It reflects and catches the light, which makes it perfect for a light-starved space. It can even make a small room feel larger. You needn’t commit to putting it on an entire wall – finding a painting flecked with gold or simply framing a length of gold wallpaper or wrapping paper can create a massive impact.