Ways to Use Gold Accents in the Kitchen

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It's shiny, it's shimmery, and it's hot, hot, hot: Here are some ideas for introducing a bit of bling into the hardest working room in the house.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Counter, Medium Hardwood Floor, White Cabinet, Range Hood, Range, Vessel Sink, Pendant Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. The Mandayam–Vohra family's Brooklyn kitchen is highlighted by a gold hood that complements Workstead’s signature three-arm chandelier, shown here in its horizontal configuration. Photo  of Ways to Use Gold Accents in the KitchenView Photos

The Mandayam–Vohra family's Brooklyn kitchen is highlighted by a gold hood that complements Workstead’s signature three-arm chandelier, shown here in its horizontal configuration.

Custom kitchen cabinetry was designed by Workstead and fabricated by the firm’s go-to woodworker Bartenschlager. Photo  of Ways to Use Gold Accents in the Kitchen modern homeView Photos

In the Mandayam–Vohra Brooklyn kitchen, custom cabinetry designed by Workstead pairs well with a gold faucet.

Contreras can take his breakfast at a polished marble bar overhung by Tom Dixon pendant lights. A walnut cabinet system reaches from floor to ceiling, dividing the kitchen from the master bedroom. Photo  of Ways to Use Gold Accents in the Kitchen modern homeView Photos

When designer Joel Contreras decided to renovate his 1927 bungalow in Phoenix’s Coronado Historic District, he wanted to respectfully preserve the building’s past while also incorporating his love for contemporary architecture. The polished marble bar in the kitchen is overhung by Tom Dixon pendant lights in rose gold, the accent color du jour.

Modern home with Kitchen and Wood Counter. In the Spotlight“I’m a huge proponent of lighting as architecture,” says Nix, who suggests illuminating objects instead of empty space. “Light on an object creates ambiance.” In their apartment, they’ve trained track lights from the Polish company LightArt on the Cube, as well as on the handmade cabinetry. The fixtures, which Novak-Zemplinski describes as “good quality and inexpensive in comparison to more well-known brands,” are also installed at the MoMA in New York.

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Practical DecorationOne of the secrets to living neatly in a small apartment, says Nix, is lots of storage space. To that end, the couple built big cabinets along the walls. To create a sense of visual unity throughout the eclectic but compact space, the couple hand-carved the tree pattern from the kitchen into these cabinet doors (from a template) using an electric router. It’s more than ornament: The cutouts eliminate the need for jutting cabinet pulls.

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To create a sense of visual unity throughout the eclectic but compact space, the owners of this home hand-carved the tree pattern from the kitchen into these cabinet doors (from a template) using an electric router. It’s more than ornament: The cutouts, which give off a golden glow, eliminate the need for jutting cabinet pulls.

“I’m a huge proponent of lighting as architecture,” says Nix, who suggests illuminating objects instead of empty space. “Light on an object creates ambiance.” In their apartment, they’ve trained track lights from the Polish company LightArt on the Cube, as well as on the handmade cabinetry. The fixtures, which Novak-Zemplinski describes as “good quality and inexpensive in comparison to more well-known brands,” are also installed at the MoMA in New York.

See all the smart storage solutions from the story: Pole Position.

Modern home with Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Wood Counter. Cal and Macy enjoy a snack from Mom at the almost 14-foot-long walnut slab table sourced from Arborica in Marshall, California. The wood came from a tree that fell into a Palo Alto, California, street. A trio of Tom Dixon Beat Lamps provide the perfect counterpoint to a slew of black plastic Eames shell chairs from Herman Miller.  Photo  of Ways to Use Gold Accents in the KitchenView Photos

In Dwell founder Lara Deam's home she shares with her family, Cal and Macy enjoy a snack from Mom at the almost 14-foot-long walnut slab table sourced from Arborica in Marshall, California. A trio of Tom Dixon Beat Lamps provide just a peek of gold to warm the adjacent kitchen.

Modern home with Kitchen, Colorful Cabinet, Metal Counter, and Stone Slab Backsplashe. This sleek kitchen in the renovated Dolce and Burnham Residence hits warm notes with red lacquered cabinetry, cypress woodwork, and a leafy backyard vista. Photo  of Ways to Use Gold Accents in the KitchenView Photos

A few golden accents, including a Postmodern paper towel holder, work well with the red lacquered cabinetry in this sleek kitchen in the renovated Dolce and Burnham Residence.

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