Gold is the richest and most luxurious metallic colour and it’s perfect for framing and emphasizing in decorative schemes. Gold was used in Europe from the 16th century onward for furniture gilding; the late Victorian designers were inspired by the Chinese style as they used gold in filigree patterns on red and black lacquered furniture.
Although gold is a bold colour you can tone it down by using it in low quantity and instead of the high gloss finish go for the antique gold which looks classic matched with pastels. Gold also works well with earthy colours such as cream and dark brown if you want to go for glamorous, or as a highlight on white painted wood.
You can use gold when you want to make a big impact as part of an ethnic-inspired colour scheme, but just as a finishing touch. India, Morocco or Thailand cultures can be the perfect examples and can be used as inspiration for colour schemes as their fabric and accessories are often patterned with gold.