Gold tones are often misconstrued as too gaudy or only meant for drawer pulls, but as we look toward rooms that offer a sense of comfort, gold can add depth and personality to a space while managing to act as a neutral paint color. Gold paint doesnt necessarily mean shiny and over-the-top; golden hues can run the gamut of rich camels, mineral ochres, bright yellows, and, of course, gilded sparkle.

In fact, many of the most memorable yellow rooms have walls painted a more golden than yellow hue, as rooms with gold paint colors tend to boast soft light and a sense of luxury. It can represent the slightest hint of soft afternoon sunsets, and as Jan Showers aptly describes, gold paints can feel like you are wrapped in a vicuna coat. Whats more luxurious than that?

Weve asked designers to share their favorites shades of gold, and they enthusiastically agreed that golden hues are their secret weapons to make a space feel comfortably layered yet stately. Wed love to say gold is the new neutral trend, but truthfully, it never went out of style in the first place.

1 Empire Gold by Sherwin Williams

My favorite gold paint color is Empire Gold from Sherwin Williams. I love how this color livens up a space and still plays well with other golden tones, like the brass on a light fixture or the mustard mohair on your sofa. It makes for the perfect rich, golden backdrop to a warm and inviting space. —Laura Vogtle, Design Supply Shop

2 India Yellow by Farrow and Ball

“I love the English color palette and their affinity for gold and ochre hues. Farrow & Ball’s India Yellow is a handsome color that is cozy and sophisticated.” —Fleming Boyd, Oliver Street Designs

This is more of a serious, deep golden ochre color. I love using this color because it is a moody yellow gold and really can become a total neutral to layer other colors on top of. —Jared Hughes, Jared Hughes Design

3 Lenox Tan by Benjamin Moore

“I adore Lennox Tan by Benjamin Moore because of its warm gold color. When I’m in a room painted HC 44, I feel as though I’m wrapped in a vicuna coat. Every color looks luscious with it. I have my home office in Dallas painted Lennox Tan with a tobacco mohair sofa and beautiful aubergine suede pillows, an ivory mid-century Italian style chair from my furniture collection, and another vintage chair upholstered in a gold, white, and tobacco horizontal stripe. These all sit upon a custom Stark leather bound rug. I love the aubergine and pink accents in the room against Lennox Tan.” –Jan Showers, Jan Showers Interiors

4 Buttercup Yellow by Benjamin Moore

It is a very cheerful ochre tone. It totally reminds me of being inside a beautiful maple tree at the height of its fall color on a very sunny day.—Jared Hughes, Jared Hughes Design

5 Chartreuse by Benjamin Moore

Chartreuse by Benjamin Moore (2024-10) is pure joy. This is acidic but warm. It livens up any dark space. I have it in two spaces in my own home, both without natural light. It is a source of light and happiness. —Holly Phillips, The English Room

6 Mannered Gold by Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams SW 6130 Mannered Gold used in combination with their Faux Impressions Metallic line is a clear winner in our book. The metallic coating is offered in smooth, brushed, and textured to meet your hearts desired aesthetic and texture. Going beyond just a yellow paint, the metallic finish creates an added shimmer, taking it from a standard wall color to a true gold.—Etch Design Group

7 Babouche by Farrow and Ball

This is a fun, saturated, more-yellow-than-gold tone but in the same family. It packs a strong punch and plays beautifully with all shades of blues and grays, which can soften it a bit or allow the yellow color to shine, depending on the tones you pair with it.—Jared Hughes, Jared Hughes Design

8 Summerdale Gold by Benjamin Moore

I have a fondness for the paint color Summerdale Gold #HC-17 by Benjamin Moore. It is one of their Classic color charts (Historical Colors). One particularly successful use of this specific color was for the kitchen cabinetry, woodwork, and trim in an American Federal–style farmhouse, contrasting nicely with the lime-white plastered walls.”—Thomas Callaway, Thomas Callaway Associates

9 Applesauce Cake by PPG

Applesauce Cake by PPG can run the visual gamut of playing like warm honey on the walls to an understated tan, depending on how the light hits it throughout the day. —Corey Damen Jenkins, Corey Damen Jenkins & Associates

10 #9002 by JH Wall Paints

“Gold lime wash paint is gorgeous. Gold is not only a luxurious color, but it has natural and organic undertones, as the color can be found in autumn leaves and in nature. Textured and fresh lime paint allows the color gold to be displayed across a surface with luminescence and tonal variations. which create depth and dimension to any living space.”—Jeremy Harnish, JH Wall Paints

11 Sudbury Yellow by Farrow and Ball

We love the warm golden tone of Farrow & Balls Sudbury Yellow when creating a golden color palette for our clients.—Mark Lavender, M. Lavender Interiors

Sara Clark is the Style Assistant at VERANDA, where she writes about interiors, fashion, style, and the latest design trends.

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