Are our homes and interior design trends an indicator of cultural mood? You bet. And the enduring gold rush, some say, is a clear sign of optimism. Our very own Jennifer McConnell was interviewed about her thoughts on the warm metallic finish continuing to flood stores, showrooms and our lives. Here's what she has to say:
The reappearance of gold is also an indication of the renewed popularity of traditional design, albeit with a fresher, more modern twist, said Jennifer McConnell, vice president of design for furniture maker Pearson Co.I don't know about you, but I could not be more happy to see the warm glow of gold everywhere I look. Is it happy? Yes. Does it read optimism? Yes. Warm metallic finishes offer a luster and a glow that is undeniable. We look forward to seeing the continuation of the trend. Pop over to Ohio.com for the rest of the interview.
McConnell likes adding little gold accents to furniture pieces — maybe a gold-leafed stretcher on a bench or antique brass ferrules on the tips of a chair’s legs. Nailhead trim in gold metals is starting to replace chrome, she said, and gold leaf is popular on accent tables as a way of adding just a bit of glitz to a room.Even shiny brass has its place in the gold comeback, although McConnell tends to use it in small doses and often in combination with antique brass so it doesn’t look dated.
Her company introduced a modern cabinet last season with an ivory shagreen front and an Art Deco starburst motif inlaid with gold leaf, as well as some polished brass accents. “You would never in a million years think Williamsburg,” she said.