3 Elegant Uses for Metal Gilding

What is Metal Gilding?

Metal gilding is an art form by which thin gold leaf (or other metal alloy) is laid over a solid surface, such as wood, metal, ceramic, and stone, giving the object the appearance of gold, silver, or platinum.

Metal gilding goes back as a far as ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Egyptian and Greek metalworkers would use a layer of thicker gold (by today’s standards) to cover jewelry and pottery. Later, the Romans applied metal gilding to the ceilings of temples and pillars of palaces.

How is Metal Gilding Performed?

Today, there are several methods for applying metal leaf, from brushing on a powder to heating metal leaf, letting it cool, and sanding it smooth, to burnishing. Here are some stunning examples of metal gilding and metal accents in modern homes.


How Can I Use Metal Gilding in My Home?

There’s a high demand for gold, brass, silver, and metallic accents in homes. Mixed metallics add an ethereal feel, reflecting the stars and the heavens, while alluding to nature and strength. Here are the top 3 ways metal gilding can add elegance to your home.

1. Gilt Decorative Objects

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Metal gilding can be applied to any object. Turn any decorative item, whether it’s made of wood, stone, or metal, into a silver sculpture or gold cast.

2. Frames


Perhaps the most common modern day use of metal gilding is frames. Silver gilded frames make mirrors sparkle. Add some old world class to a painting with a gold frame.

3. Furniture


Mixing metals with fabrics around the home adds luxury and character. Yellows bring out the warmth of gold while dark blues might reflect the starry shine of silver. Play around and see what works for you.

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