Decoration in gold: luxury bathrooms and living rooms with gold tiles
The colour gold is a hue that has dazzled mankind throughout history. From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to today's interior designers, gold has had a special place in decoration, architecture and other disciplines such as fashion. Its richness of meaning and its ability to convey emotion make the colour gold a valuable resource for those who wish to add a touch of luxury and sophistication to their lives.
For this reason, when it comes to bringing opulence and glamour to a home or interior design, few elements can compete with the majesty of gold tiles. What's more, gold bathroom tiles are key when you want to add this colour to your home. Combine the richness of this colour with the practicality of the tiles, and the result is a luxurious transformation for spaces such as the bathroom or living room.
In this article, we are going to explore everything related to the colour gold and its influence in various areas. We will start with its application to interior design, focus on the importance of gold tiles (for bathrooms and living rooms) in achieving that luxurious, glamorous feel and look at its application in other areas, including the psychology behind this warm, shimmering hue.
Decorating in gold: a journey into luxury and extravagance
When it comes to decorating interiors, few colours have the power to transform a space like gold. This warm, shimmering hue has the unique ability to add a touch of sophistication to any room. Despite years of being overshadowed by the predominance of other colours, gold is back in fashion in interior design. However, in a much more decorative way than before, so golden tiles are perfect to fulfil this function: to give a touch of colour, elegance and luxury to any space and any decorative style.
Below, we begin our journey through the splendour of the colour gold in the world of interior decoration. Get ready to shine!
Golden tiles: a safe bet for a touch of elegance
Golden tiles, as we have said, are the perfect design option to enhance the elegance and sophistication of any type of room. It is a colour that conveys energy and sophistication.
Golden tiles, on the one hand, combine perfectly with marbles if you are looking for a refined interior but they can also be used in combination with light colours for elegant and more modern spaces and in combination with dark colours, to create a very fine contrast.
At Dune, as specialists in floor and wall tiles, we know that golden tiles are not only a great option for wall and ceiling cladding, but also look great for flooring, whether combined and making a mosaic or to create carpets or rectangles that delimit different areas within the same room. That is why we have a wide variety of golden tiles to be able to offer all kinds of interior design solutions, whatever the style and for any type of project.
Golden tiles for bathrooms: live the glamour
One of the main rooms in the house where we can use golden tiles is the bathroom. It is a way to give a touch of chic, luxury and sophistication to this space. So, if you are looking to elevate the aesthetics of your bathroom with a touch of glamour, here are some tips on how to decorate your bathroom with gold tiles in an elegant and balanced way.
- Highlight one bathroom wall. Gold bathroom tiles can be used to cover an entire wall or to create a dazzling focal point. If you prefer the latter, you can opt for a geometric pattern or a gold mosaic that takes up only a section of the wall.
For example, to achieve the latter effect, our Tabarca collection, in its Gold Glossy and Gold Matt colours, is perfect. The combination of both finishes creates a small focal point that attracts attention but does not take all the limelight of the decoration. A delicate way of bringing elegance to the bathroom.
- Combine gold tiles with neutral tones. In this way, you will strike a balance between extravagance and elegance. If you also choose to introduce marble detailing, the interior will be elevated with textures and a sophisticated colour palette.
Within our wide collection of golden tiles, we have Flat Savannah, in its Black&Gold version and its White&Gold version, which combines gold with these more neutral colours. The result? A piece that stands out for its elegance.
- Flooring that dazzles. Consider gold mosaic floors to add a touch of glamour to your bathroom floor. If gold floors are too much, opt for rugs or mats with gold detailing for a more subtle touch.
- Gold Minimalism. If you prefer a more minimalist approach, use gold tiles in specific areas, such as in a shower or behind the sink, for a touch of luxury without overwhelming the space. To achieve this, Dune opts for gold tiles such as our Caronte or Grace mosaic and/or Magnet Tropic Gold decorative porcelain tile.
- Incorporate a luxurious accessory. Don't underestimate the power of an accessory such as a tap or basin to give that final cohesion to the space. At Dune we have a wide range of washbasins, including the Wonder Gold washbasin, the Pan de Oro washbasin, the Selene Light Gold washbasin and the Luxxu washbasin, among others, to add the golden finishing touch (never better said).
White and gold living room decoration: sophistication and luxury
The timeless combination of white decoration with gold shades is a visual symphony that takes sophistication and luxury to new levels in living room décor. This classic colour palette provides a perfect canvas for creating a space that oozes opulence and style. To make your living room a haven of ultimate elegance, here are some ideas on how to combine gold and white tiles.
- Walls that speak of luxury. Opt for white tiles on the walls to create a clean, bright base. Add gold accents with tiles in geometric patterns or floral designs for a touch of luxury. To achieve this, you can serve mosaics, such as our Arcadia or, if you want the gold to stand out even more, give it the spotlight it deserves with the Mariana ceramic tile.
These same combinations, especially with mosaics, can also be used on the floors, to create an eye-catching spot with a lot of personality.
- Walls with character. Create a wall that stands out by using gold tiles in the fireplace area or as a backdrop behind the sofa. Pair with white furniture to elegantly highlight the wall and create a stunning focal point. If this is your style, our Pan de Oro gold tile will be your best ally (you'll see from this image that we're not fooling you).
- Marble with golden reflections. Opting for marble-effect tiles means opting for a feeling of natural luxury. Among our wide collection of marbles, we find some such as Amazonite Alchemy or Padania that are a clear exponent of the 'modern luxury' style.
Bedroom decoration in gold: a chic dream
Transforming your bedroom into a haven of luxury and elegance with gold tiles is a decision that will add a touch of sophistication to your personal space. From the walls to the floors, discover how you can infuse a golden glow into every corner of your bedroom to create an ambience worthy of a dreamy dream.
Next, we're going to look at how to include that golden touch on the walls to create a backdrop that immediately catches the eye. If your bedroom is of a standard size, one of the ways to achieve this is to use the headboard wall to include this colour, always in combination with neutral shades such as white or black. However, if you have more space and even a dressing table, why not add a touch of gold to your dressing table wall? Either way, our Shapes series is the perfect way to achieve this. As well as giving that golden touch, the Origami Dorado and Origami Gold tiles add a texture that gives the room dynamism.
Gold tiles for contract projects
The colour gold is not only for home interiors. Other types of projects such as hotel receptions, bar counters, discotheques or even luxury shops and restaurants are the perfect settings to let your imagination run wild and play with this elegant and sophisticated shade.
The colour gold in luxury furniture and decorative accessories
The colour gold, for centuries associated with opulence and wealth, has a prominent place in the world of luxury furnishings and accessories. From majestic palaces to modern designer interiors, gold brings a dose of sophistication and timelessness that transcends trends.
Gold furniture is more than just pieces of furniture; it is a statement of style and status. From chairs to tables to sideboards, gold furniture can transform any room into a space fit for royalty. But if that's too much for you, a touch of elegance and refinement can also be achieved through small gold details on furniture, such as edges, handles and legs. Gold frames on mirrors and paintings are also key elements in creating a luxurious ambience.
Decorative elements also play a key role: from chandeliers to candelabras, they add a touch of luxury and warmth to any space. Cushions, blankets and curtains in shades of gold can soften the look of a room while maintaining its elegance.
In addition, gold combines beautifully with other shades. Combined with black, it creates a dramatic and bold ambience. With white, it conveys a timeless elegance. Contrast gold with deep tones such as navy blue or emerald green for a stunning visual impact.
The colour gold in architecture
The use of the colour gold in architecture is a fascinating journey through time, from antiquity to modernity. Whether through ornate detailing in historic buildings or innovative contemporary structures, gold continues to be a symbol of luxury and timelessness. In the architectural landscape, the golden radiance endures, leaving a mark of elegance in every era:
The colour gold in Egyptian civilisation
Ancient Egypt stands as a testament to the grandeur and sophistication of an enduring civilisation. Among the majestic pyramids and enigmatic hieroglyphs, the colour gold emerges as a distinctive element that goes beyond mere aesthetics, carrying with it a deep symbolism and a connection to the divine, which is why they used it in their temples and monuments to represent the eternal and the sacred.
In Ancient Egypt, gold was considered the 'skin of the gods'. Pharaohs and gods were depicted with golden skin in wall paintings and statues, symbolising their divine connection and eternity. In addition, the belief in life after death led the ancient Egyptians to associate gold with immortality. Funerary objects, such as burial masks and sarcophagi, were often decorated with gold leaf to ensure a prosperous passage to the afterlife.
On the other hand, temples and royal tombs were adorned with gilded details, from the capitals of columns to the walls covered with gold leaf. This not only conferred visual splendour, but was also believed to attract the benevolence of the gods.
Gold was intrinsically linked to the sun god Ra, one of the most important deities in the Egyptian pantheon. The golden sun disc was a powerful symbol of life, renewal and divine strength. From the representation of the gods to the quest for immortality, gold played a central role in the Egyptian worldview. Its eternal brilliance in tombs and temples testifies to this civilisation's reverence for gold.
The importance of the colour gold in Islamic architecture
In Islamic architecture, gold has an important weight as it is associated with divine perfection, nobility and royalty, and therefore represents status and wealth. The colour gold in Islamic architecture reveals the pride and importance of faith in this civilisation. When used in decorative embellishments, it is intended to elevate a space and give it grandeur. The symbolic nature of gold is also associated with eternal value.
For example, the dome of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, one of the holiest sites in Islam because of its spiritual, cultural and political importance, stands out. The mosque is part of the Dome of the Rock complex, known as the Golden Dome of anodised aluminium. The dome was originally constructed of wood and was later decorated with marble and gilded aluminium cladding, signifying absolute perfection. This dome is said to have been erected on the site for Muhammad to ascend to heaven.
Another example is the Alhambra in Granada, where many colours coexist, including gold, which can be seen in various decorative and ornamental elements of this Nasrid construction. For example, the colour gold can be found in the tiles that covered the floors of spaces such as the Hall of Comares or the Queen's comb. In fact, this last space stands out for its decoration with a golden reflection on white.
The colour gold in the domes of Orthodox churches
Gold is the most common colour of Orthodox domes, especially in Eastern Europe. This colour is used because of its significance, representing eternity and heavenly glory. Temples with golden domes were dedicated to Christ and to the twelve main festivals of the Orthodox Church.
One of the most representative cities of these golden domes is Kiev (Ukraine), where we find the monastery of St. Michael of the Golden Domes, a complex of three churches. In Russia, too, there are many examples of this style, such as St. Petersburg's largest Orthodox cathedral, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
The colour gold in other architectural styles
During the Renaissance, gilding became a central element in architecture and design. European palaces and cathedrals displayed gilded details in frescoes, sculptures and decorative elements. The Art Deco movement of the 20th century took the use of gilding to new levels of elegance, featuring prominently in skyscrapers, theatres and hotels of the period. The Paris Opera House is a sublime example of how gilding can transform a space. From the gilded ornaments on the ceilings to the details on the railings, the Opera exudes a theatrical luxury. Another example is the Palace of Versailles, with its gilded halls and corridors, a testament to the opulence of Baroque architecture.
The colour gold in contemporary buildings
Contemporary architects have embraced gold in innovative ways. Modern buildings incorporate gold elements in facades, creating a unique fusion of tradition and modernity and finding the exultant beauty of this colour.
For example, in Paris, the new Islamic art galleries of the Louvre Museum have been inaugurated, where a golden roof has been built over the museum's Visconti courtyard. Another celebrated example of contemporary architecture is the gold leaf-covered building by Rem Koolhas at the Prada Foundation in Milan, which reflects the light and changes according to the time of day.
The colour gold in fashion
In the world of haute couture fashion and jewellery design, the colour gold stands as a symbol of luxury, elegance and sophistication. From dazzling gowns to exquisite jewellery pieces, gold has made its mark on the most prestigious catwalks and in the fascinating world of jewellery.
In haute couture, gold is not simply a colour, it is a statement of refinement, as it manifests itself in intricate embroidery and detailing that adorns dresses and gowns. Designers use gold threads, sequins and appliqués to add a touch of luxury and highlight exceptional craftsmanship. Haute couture catwalks are often transformed into stages of splendour with the presence of gold. Designs that fuse classic glamour with modern elements capture the audience's attention and define new trends in luxury fashion.
Gold-coloured bags, shoes and belts complement the models, adding a touch of sparkle that completes the ensemble. These accessories are the epitome of extravagance and attention to detail. Renowned designers such as Chanel, Elie Saab and Versace have masterfully used gold in their creations, from elaborate ball gowns to couture suits.
The cultural interpretation of the colour gold
The meaning and interpretation of the colour gold varies from culture to culture. Here are some examples of how gold is viewed in different parts of the world:
- Chinese culture. In China, gold is associated with prosperity, good luck and wealth. It is a common colour in traditional Chinese decoration and clothing.
- Indian culture. In India, gold is associated with spirituality and divinity. It is used in temples and religious festivals.
The psychology and meaning of the golden colour
The colour gold is synonymous with wealth, luxury and success. Its warm, shimmering glow evokes a sense of opulence and sophistication. On a psychological level, gold is associated with happiness, wisdom and knowledge. Here are some of the emotions and meanings that the colour gold can convey:
- Wealth and success. Gold is often associated with abundance and prosperity. It is associated with luxury and opulence, making it a common choice in the decoration of elegant and prestigious spaces.
- Happiness and joy. Gold is a colour that radiates joy and happiness. Its luminosity can lift the mood and create a positive atmosphere.
- Warmth and cosiness. Gold is a warm colour that can make a space feel cosy and friendly. It is a popular choice in interior decoration to create a warm atmosphere.
- Success and ambition. Gold is associated with ambition and achievement. It can inspire people to strive to achieve their goals and aspirations.
- Wisdom and knowledge. In some cultures, gold is associated with wisdom and knowledge. It can be a colour that inspires the pursuit of understanding and education.
In short, the colour gold is a powerful and versatile shade that has left an indelible mark on decoration, architecture and different cultures. Its richness of meaning and its ability to convey emotions make gold a valuable resource for those who wish to add a touch of luxury and sophistication to their lives. And you, have you been captivated by this colour?