Design by the Details: Gilt and Gild

What: Think of gild as the process of applying a thin layer of gold-leaf or gold-colored finish.  Gilt is the finished object.  You can gild a frame as a DIY to then have a gilt frame.
 
History: Humans are attracted to shiny objects and this process began as early as (if not before) the 5th century in Egypt and Greece.  You can use a relatively small amount of real gold to cover large area and make it look rich, luxurious, and expensive.
 
Use: Gilt adds richness and patina to any home.  Anything that you can imagine could be covered in gold-leaf or painted gold.  Just a touch can be added to furniture, like the chaise above or entire pieces can be gilded.  Paint a tissue box gold, spray a light fixture, gild a thrift-store frame.  By incorporating a few luxe touches into any room, you’ll have instant glam.
An elaborate gilt mirror is tempered by a modern desk and deconstructed chaise in this Spanish home designed by Andina & Tapia.
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Gilt tables mingle with warm yellows in this home designed by Carrier and Company featured in House Beautiful September 2013.
Gilt candlesticks help lighten the dark wood desk in this library designed by Studio Peregalli.
Gilt touches abound in this English home of Will Fisher featured in World of Interiors.
You can always count on Atlanta designer Suzanne Kasler to incorporate gilt.
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