It is perhaps no secret that Art Deco interiors have had a modern revival in recent years, but in his Toronto mansion, Drake has taken this aesthetic to new heights. With the help of Canadian designer Ferris Rafauli, the singer set the standard for the Modern Art Deco trend through spaces that ooze 'high luxury,' and this begins with the living room.
Much like the rest of his home (named 'The Embassy' by Drake), the living room exhibits overwhelming grandeur, including Tuscan leather, tobacco leaf, and a cocooning dark color scheme. However, while this rich palette is something to note, it is the gold accents that serve as the ultimate nod to the Modern Art Deco style.
Decorating with gold comes with inevitable caution, as this hue is so luxurious that it's important to use it in excess. Even Drake's home, one of the most opulent spaces we've ever seen, uses gold sparingly – and designers say it's right on trend.
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'Gold is always going to be a popular accent color for a variety of interior design styles, and the recent trend for gold decor proves how versatile this metallic is,' comments designer Kathy Kuo.
'When I think of 70s gold, I think of really laidback luxury – it's mellow and whimsical but also very chic and upscale. My advice for bringing this trend into your home would be to embrace 70s gold as a winking contrast or accent rather than the dominant decor element. Too much can make your home look like a set piece, but the right amount is both fun and flashy.'
Interior design expert Kathy Kuo founded her eponymous home store in 2012 – and it has since gone on to be an e-commerce destination for luxury furniture and decor essentials from a variety of beloved home vendors. Kathy and her store specialize in styles like French Country, Coastal Beach, and Modern Classic while offering interior design services to their clients.
Designer Mariya Snisar agrees. She, too, emphasizes that we should not over-indulge in gold but should, instead, look to include 'a few rich gold accent decor pieces' that can 'create this alluring aesthetic' without overpowering our space.
'To ensure the gold decor items don't look gaudy or out of place, you’ll want to consider their size, texture, and position in the room,' she says. 'Smaller gold decor accessories can be grouped close to each other, while bigger pieces like floor lamps or tables can usually stand alone.'
In Drake's home, Ferris Rafauli paired the gold pockets with deep hues: black marble and glossy dark brown, but in more pared-back homes, this color complements warm hues, such as those found in wood paneling and open brick walls. 'Their textured surfaces contrast well with gold’s smooth, lustrous finish,' Mariya comments.
'Gold also looks wonderful when paired with cooler colors like teal and Parisian blue, which cause gold to stand out more.' Gold-hued accessories offer a similar, luxe aesthetic and pair equally well with these surrounding tones. We're starting with these picks below.
The mid-century modern mushroom lamp is a twist on the classic – updated with modern lines. We love the golden dome atop the slender cone; all plated in antique brushed brass.
Sewn from high-quality upholstery fabric, this pillow adds an instant hint of luxury to any home. It pairs beautifully with soft neutrals and looks just as beautiful in a bedroom as it does in a living space.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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