How to wow with Worn Gold

There has been a welcomed resurgence lately of the use of warm metals such as Copper, Bronze, and Gold, particularly within a bathroom environment. More recently, this trend has embraced the aesthetic of a little imperfection, to create understated and effortless style and opulence, through the appearance of Worn Gold.

This sense of glamour and luxury was previously mainly seen in boutique hotels, but you only have to look online to see that it has become a big trend within our homes – because who doesn’t want a hint of splendour?

Using Gold in the bathroom doesn’t necessarily mean that it will result in a traditional aesthetic; you can style a Worn Gold bathroom with classic, glamorous looks as well as an edgier, more modern industrial chic, through just a few tweaks to fixtures and fittings selections.

The main thing to remember is that Worn Gold has the effect of a patina to it which gives it the more rustic, lived-in look. This is key to creating a bathroom that exudes effortless warmth and sophistication.

So, if you’re looking for ways to re-style your bathroom from drab to fab with a Worn Gold vibe, here are our top tips to get the look. >>

Consider your colour palette

When planning your Worn gold bathroom, try to create a mood board that encompasses the styling and colour palette that you’d like to achieve. A few things to consider are whether you want Gold to be the main colour, or perhaps a highlight within the scheme.

Here are a few of our favourite Old Gold palette combinations for inspiration:

Dusky rose and olive green are soft and understated colours that create a light and natural combination. Add worn gold fixtures and fittings to this palette to style a premium look and feel. 

For a more industrial take on the trend, adding deep, saturated colours such as navy or charcoal will complement the gold in the room and make it pop.

Alternatively, fresh white and stoneware such as white/neutral marble and granite can give a more subtle backdrop to Worn Gold.

Be bold with brassware

Brushed brass or gold effect taps, and shower heads are a sure-fire way of pulling in a hint of refined luxury to elevate your bathroom and create a worn gold bathroom scheme.

Updating other fixtures and fittings such as furniture door and drawer handles to tie in, will help create a coordinated, seamless aesthetic that easily hangs together, and is a great way to ensure that any existing cabinets align with your new look.

Top Tip! >> Leave the super-shiny, highly polished brassware for another scheme, and instead look for brushed and matte finishes for a raw aesthetic.

Add wow factor to your walls and floors

The right wall and floor coverings can help ground an interior scheme. Since they affect the largest expanse of space in a bathroom, they are one of the key decisions to make when it comes to directing the interior design.

If you enjoy pattern, add a feminine flourish to your worn gold scheme by selecting an opulent wallpaper in a bold print. Enlarged botanicals with metallic gold in are a great way to thread the colour palette through the room and will create a vibrant, maximalist scheme.

Top tip >> When selecting a bolder print, it’s important to consider whether you want to create a feature wall or if it’s a design you’d like to envelope the whole room with. Busy prints are best used in small doses, whereas less detailed designs can more easily be used in the whole room, regardless of print size.

In contrast, abstract and geometric designs can offer interest in a sleek and modern scheme.

Top tip >> When wallpapering a bathroom, use decorators varnish to seal it and make it splash-proof, or better still, choose one that’s suitable for scrubbing/wiping down.

To wholly embrace the worn look and feel, consider selecting Worn gold bathroom tiles like these by Crown. To get the maximum realistic patina effect of this tile, it is worth covering a large expanse of space.

Aged-gold effect travertine tiles are a good option for a worn looking floor, or for smaller budgets, a similar look can also be achieved with lino.

Illuminate the room  

When considering lighting for your Worn Gold bathroom, continue the brushed or worn brass effect through to your lighting selections.

Where space allows, brushed metal wall sconces make a great style statement. Team with white gloss shades for an elegant, Scandi style.

For an industrial style bathroom, worn gold metal wall lights paired with charcoal and other darker hues can provide an edgier, more modern feel.

Top tip >> To enhance the golden glow, choose warm white lighting instead of cooler, blue light which can leave a space feeling more clinical and less welcoming.

Fabulous finishing touches

An effective way of instantly enhancing a Worn Gold styled bathroom is with a few finishing flourishes such as mirrors and accessories.

Neutral towels with texture such as waffle weaves and seer sucker styles work well with worn gold and will contrast nicely.

Darker colours pair nicely with Gold and can really add drama to a space.

Brushed brass bathroom accessories are a great way to continue the theme and finish it all off. It is well worth paying attention to small details such as the pump and any other brassware on the accessories, to ensure that the scheme ties in tonally and that the metals all sit well together.

Mirrors with matte gold or brushed gold edges can really level up a bathroom, amplify a scheme and are often the key ingredient in grounding and combining an aesthetic.

For a stronger reference to the gold scheme, select mirrors with larger frames where the gold effect is more prominent, and for more subtle, modern takes on the look, choose mirrors with thinner gold frames to pull the interior together in an understated and elegant way.

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