Go for the Gold

Stripes, that is. Here's a wall treatment that requires no artistic talent. Pull out a paintbrush, and make it happen.

Amy Bickers Mercer
Go for the Gold
Repeating elements always helps pull together a look. The wavy metalwork on the mirror plays off the freehand stripes on the wall.<br/><br/>
Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery

Paint Pointers
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.