Incorporate small gold accents in smaller surface areas such as nightstands or bookcases.
Experiment with accent pieces of different sizes and shapes.
Overdo it. In many cases, less is more. Use your gold accents purposefully and sparingly.
Use gold on too many primary or large pieces in a room, as this can overwhelm.
Miss an opportunity to mix gold with other metallic elements such as silver.
Forget it’s OK to mix different materials such as lacquer and wood with some of your gold elements.
Pair gold accents with too many patterns. Solid colors such as black and white can help enhance gold accent pieces.
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