Opulence isn’t a dirty word. After years of frugal garden and DIY design options ie. the pallet craze and other recycled madness, many (including me) are ready for a sense of luxury. Small and large, these indulgences give hope to dreams and aspirations inside and out. An emerging trend points in that direction for outdoor details and can be realized by those who prefer DIY options as well as those who don’t.
The Gilded Garden is about gold surface treatments. Aged with the patina of use and slightly rustic, its roots are in other design disciplines, notably architecture, fashion and furniture.
Natural elements take on a completely different look when gilding is applied. They are jewelry for the table or garden. This can be done with paint, gold leaf, or other products such as Rub and Buff which are readily available online and in craft stores with easy to follow instructions.
Pots and other vessels are the easiest thing to give the Midas touch. Fences, statuary and other garden accessories become more than supporting players when given a bit of gilding. The difference in this look is its restraint. Even when a large element is a glittering focal point, the Gilded Garden has accents of gold that delight, rather than taking it over the top.
If you are looking for some more inspiration, try my Pinterest board, Gilt Complex. I’ll see you after the holidays. Enjoy them with friends and family!
Image Credits (top to bottom/left to right) Givenchy –Trek Earth