If the wall isn't the desired background color, choose a shade of white in a matte finish. The flat finish allows the ribbons of gold to really pop.
For the stripes, use paint in a glossy or satin finish for extra shine.
For even more gleam, choose a metallic paint (most manufacturers offer shades of silver, gold, or copper). Or give any color a reflective sheen by topping it with a glaze, such as illusions Translucent Metallic Technique Finishes by Sherwin-Williams.
"Go for the Gold" is from the November 2007 issue of Southern Living.