the baader-meinhoff phenomenon.

Are you familiar with it?  It’s what happens when you learn about something for the first time, and then suddenly it seems like you are seeing it everywhere.  I feel this way about the new trend towards painting things gold.  I saw it on one blog, and next thing you know it feels like I’m seeing it everywhere.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am quite reluctant to follow certain trends.  Maybe it’s because I lived through the ‘gold’ phase once before.  In the 80’s.  And I still have the gold fixtures in my bathtub to prove it.  I keep them well hidden behind the shower curtain.  It’s my own dirty little secret.

My initial reaction towards gold as the new metallic is NO WAY.  I can’t imagine I will ever go there.  I start having flashbacks to big hair, rayon and shoulder pads.

But, to be honest, I’m pretty sure I once said ‘no way’ about mid-century furniture too and now I really enjoy working with it.

midcentury collage

And then I also realized that I’ve already used a little of this new gold.  Not on purpose, I’ll admit, but the drawer pulls on this dresser were already gold, and they worked so nicely with the Boxwood green that I kept them as is.  Trendy, without even realizing it … that’s me!

gold handles

I proceeded to do some research on pinterest, and I’ve decided that the new gold is more of a brushed finished, a little less brassy and shiny than the 80’s gold.  It definitely has more texture.  Sort of a gold leaf, not a true metal.

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via pinterest

 And one could use just a pop of it.  I have to say, I love the gold numeral on this black stool.

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via pinterest

So … I say … never say never.  I don’t think I’ll be painting all of my radiators gold any time soon, but you never know.

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via pinterest

How about you?  Is there a sparkle of gold in your future?

11 thoughts on “the baader-meinhoff phenomenon.

  1. I feel like you, Gold, not so much………..and then I look around my house and see little touches of it. Little touches is as far as I can go!


  2. Hi! I love that gilded gold finish. I think of the colors of the movie Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. Oh, how beautiful the colors were and they all go with Gilt. (I get gild and gilt mixed up sometimes…like right now.) Yes, it has nothing to do with the 1980s cheap brass look. I so related to what you said about mid-century modern furniture and now I like it, too. Baader-Meinhoff Phenomenon…I never knew the name of that crazy thing that happens to me all the time. The handles on the Boxwood dresser are just so right. Beautiful.


  3. Loving the gold! In an antique brassy, gold leaf kind of way. Any metallic really. We just put a copper stove in our kitchen and I couldn’t love it more.


      1. It’s a bluestar and it is fab! It was our splurge:) It’s called the “precious metals collection” I’d link to it if I was techy, ha!


      2. I think I found it. Copper and stainless? Looks gorgeous! On another note, I think you were the one who suggested Goodwill for books, and I did stop in there yesterday and bought a cart full of books for $27. I paid around $1 each, which was exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the suggestion!


      3. That was it on the stove 🙂 So glad you found some books at Goodwill! It’s a phenomenal deal, isn’t it? They used to have all the 15 cent books in one bin, which made it a lot easier, but now they just do the color-coded sale. Still a great deal, just a bit more work.


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