The use of a single, powerful colour is a simple, beautiful way to enhance a space, but when an interior embraces two complementary hues that were destined to sit side by side, impact and attitude are accelerated to the next level.

Black and gold are two of the colour spectrum’s most timeless, versatile and luxurious hues. Used separately, these colours introduce drama, depth and opulence. And when paired together? The duo acts as the perfect partner to each other. In this sophisticated Kelly Wearstler project, for example, black and gold come together to create a refined yet glamorous entrance hall. Explore our round-up of inspiring interiors to discover more ways to use this powerpalette to achieve a multitude of looks that promise to impress and endure.

Rich & Warm

Combining black and gold is a brilliant way to make a space feel rich and warm, as seen in this Hyde Park interior designed by Fiona Barratt Interiors. Depth and presence is added to the space courtesy of the matte black shelving unit, while decorative golden cornicing and ceiling details celebrate grand aesthetics and nod to decadent days gone by. Golden pillars scattered around the shelves, a statement chandelier and metallic side tables come together to give the space an extra dose of metallic beauty.

Combining black and gold is a brilliant way to make a space feel rich and warm, as seen in this Hyde Park interior designed by Fiona Barratt-Campbell

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Image Credit: Greg Natale

Striking Impact

This Greg Natale image proves that repeated black and gold contrasts are never too much. The desk, which draws inspiration from the streamlined glamour of Studio 54, mixes a glossy black surface with sleek gold-leaf legs. Its colour palette is mirrored by a matching backdrop of black wallpaper with golden palm motifs, a monochrome pillar lamp and hardback books with co-ordinating covers. All in all, a perfect example of how a black and gold blend can deliver modern minimalism and opulence at once.

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Image Credit: Jean-Louis Deniot

Bold & Modern

A more modern, striking approach to black and gold interiors is witnessed in this shot from a Parisian apartment designed by Jean-Louis Deniot. In this instance, black comes in the form of monochrome wallpaper and empire lampshades. An exceptional sunburst-inspired clock doubles up as a unique piece of wall art and brings a golden hue into the mix. Take inspiration from the way the bold black and gold pairing is balanced by a neutral ivory and silver grey sofa display.

An exceptional sunburst-inspired clock doubles up as a unique piece of wall art and brings a golden hue into the mix


Refined & Timeless

Kemble Interiors showcase black and gold’s effortless ability to tap into a sophisticated mood. A classic black dining set is surrounded by black wood panelling, creating a timeless focal point for this interior as well as an easy-to-accent backdrop. Beautiful golden touches on the front of the cabinet adds metallic highlights to the colour scheme, while accessories of the same colour theme pull the styling together. To finish, a stunning floral-inspired wall piece boosts the room’s gold factor, inviting a touch of femininity into the dark space.

A classic black dining set is surrounded by black wood panelling, creating a timeless focal point for this interior as well as a versatile backdrop.


High Contrast

Saint Louis interior designer Jessie D. Miller juxtaposes black and gold to create a space of contrasts. Traditional design principles and masculine aesthetics meet feminine glamour and modern sensibilities in the living room, which begins with a custom-designed and built bookcase alongside crown and panel moldings in a matte black hue. A monochrome Ted Collier painting adds to the room’s dark palette, giving its beautiful brass wall lighting, golden pillars and sculptural accessories in metallic tones the opportunity to really shine.