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So, what is rose gold, besides a hot trend that works as well for your wristwatch as it does for your wall sconces?
Rose gold is a lot of things, but what it often is not is actual gold – at least in the world of interior design. But, that’s a good thing, because rose gold looks awesome and being able to afford it is always a good place to start with décor.
Rose Gold Rising
Rose gold has been on a trending wave for a couple years now, and those in the know believe it’s here to stay for a while, but that hasn’t always been the case.
Rose gold’s popularity has waxed and waned throughout history, and it hasn’t always been a fan favorite. Many have felt, and some still do, that intentionally diluting pure gold is a faddish misstep.
As Rebecca Mead wrote in her elegant New Yorker piece on the topic, rose gold is “for people who already have enough gold gold.”
But, the sun has most certainly set on that notion in popular circles the world over.
Real Rose Gold
True rose gold is an alloy of gold (75 percent), copper (22.25 percent) and silver (2.75 percent). Why so specific? Because different percentages result in different gold shades – and there are many.
Rose gold is in a family of alloys with high amounts of copper that also include red gold and pink gold. And, in ancient times, before gold smelting became such an exact science, a lot of gold ornaments had a reddish tinge to them.
Rose Gold Finishes
A rose gold finish on metal can be achieved in several ways, though the most sophisticated (and expensive) is rose gold plating. This involves applying an ultra-thin layer of real rose gold onto another metal like stainless steel.
Real gold plating is popular in jewelry (and, incidentally, Apple iPhones), but comparatively rare in home décor. More often, rose gold will be approximated with a copper alloy, paint or other kind of plating technique.
Pair rose golds with earthy tones to enliven the natural look, or blend it with neutral colors for sophisticated pop. And, if you need more ideas, you can also find local interior design help at Porch.com or online at Decorist.com.