The Midas Touch – Gold & Silver Leaf
We wish just touching walls or ceilings turned them to gold but we have to do a little more work to create the lovely finishes that mimic King Midas’ Touch. There are many materials we can use to create a golden or silvery finish but none of them have the look that gilding does. That is due to the fact that nothing really glimmers the way actual metal does; originally gold leaf was gold that has been hammered into thin sheets and was used for gilding. Now most gilding is a metal leaf made up primarily of copper. True gold leaf and metal leaf are available in a wide variety of shades. When we use gold or metal leaf we apply an adhesive to the object or surface, carefully cover that surface with the leaf and then burnish it by hand before finally sealing it. Metal leaf is actually lighter than air so it is a very delicate process that takes time and finesse.
There are a great many spaces and things we gild on a regular basis. Most commonly we are asked to use leaf on domes but it is also a lovely finish for furniture, cabinetry and walls. These photos below are a compliation of our favorite creations and/or inspirations!
Silver Leaf Dining Room
We love how this silver leaf ceiling is one of our own and adds opulence to the modern neutral palette of this room.
You can gild your Easter Eggs this year too. Little Inspirations blog will give you step-by-step instructions on how to have your own golden eggs without the goose!
Gold Leaf Art
This art installation is painted silk and gold leaf. What a beautiful piece and it only costs $15,000. You can buy yours here!
Metallic Plaster with Gold Leaf Design on Groin
Another one of our projects is this, metallic plaster and gold leaf design on the barrel ceiling make this master bath the jewel of this home.
We hope your Easter is golden!