Trending:Gold | Part 3 – Color Inspiration

Hi everyone! This is Ashley today, with the third installment in my Trending:Gold series. Today, we’re going to talk about color… and provide some ideas and inspiration on how to combine gold on your pages with other colors.

If you missed the first two installments, you can go back and read Part 1 and Part 2.

Before we go any further, I’m officially declaring that gold is the new black! That’s right — gold is basic, and timeless (for now!) and can be paired with anything. If you still aren’t fully convinced, think of it as a shinier, flashier neutral.

Here are 10 color ways that I’ve used to pair with gold… some of these, like neon pink and gold, became fast favorites and I’ve gone back to these color combos again and again. Click on links in the caption below to see full size images.


I’ve been Pinning some inspiration pieces that include gold. There are so many great colorways out there to try! I notice that I tend towards favoring either cool colors or pink, pink, pink and more pink with gold! At first I didn’t think that reds, yellows, and oranges went well with gold, but after some thought, I realized that these color combinations are very Moroccan and Indian inspired, and remind me of sun-saturated afternoons in warm places. So, perhaps in a few months from now when the dreary winter days here have been replaced by something more humane, I’ll be on a sunny combo color kick!

What colors do you gravitate towards combining with gold?

If you are still stuck and seeking inspiration, don’t forget to check out my Trending:Gold Pinterest board for inspiration pieces. Or, use some of these below that I’ve put together. What speaks to you? I’ve included some patters in these colorways, for an extra dose of inspiration.


Lavender-grey, pale slate blue, mint, and piles of gold sequins.
Mint, pale blue, peacock blue, and wood grain.
Light and dark apple green, hot pink, and golden feathers.
Grey, light pink, dark pink, and chalkboard.


Not feeling inspired yet? Switch up the feel of any of these colorways by changing the amounts of each used. Try using mostly a light background with small pops of color, if you are color-shy and want something light and airy. Start with a hefty dose of the darkest color and highlight with the lighter shades for a dramatic effect.

Before you head off to get gilding your next colorful layout, here’s a layout to demonstrate using gold as a neutral. I wasn’t sure how to scrap this photo of my family, as there was no dominant color in it, and too many colors present to try to match up any single one or find a colorway that would contrast and highlight the photo as a whole.

Supplies: patterned paper (Maggie Holmes/Crate Paper); brads (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); gold foil stickers (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); glitter tape (American Crafts); glitter brads (American Crafts); letter stickers (Dear Lizzy/American Crafts); punch (Martha Stewart).


I chose a creamy background to cover most of the layout base, and then used gold as the primary accent color throughout the rest of the page. Gold foil heart stickers, gold glitter POW paper, gold-rimmed brads,  gold glitter brads, gold foil letter stickers, and gold glitter tape, all by American Crafts, go a long way to add embellishment and interest to this page, without adding bright colors to compete with the photo. The variety in gold finishes — two different glitters, foil, and metal — creates a dymanic feel to the page, adding depth and ensuring that despite the use of a similar color, it does not feel flat.


When struggling to pair colors with a difficult multi-hued photo, try using gold as the primary color on your page. Although warm, glittery, and with a huge potential to be bold and loud, gold also makes a great neutral. Try it, the next time you are found in a color conundrum! 

And now, for the give-away! This month I have an AMAZING prize to give away, thanks to my very generous sponsors. You’ll want to make sure to stop in every week and leave a comment for your chance to win this prize pack, that certainly must be worth its weight in gold (pun intended).


Giveaway Rules:
  • Leave one comment per Trending:Gold post.
  • Contest closes on April 15th.
  • Winner will be contacted April 16th, and announced on my next Trending series article.
  • Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Thanks very much to our wonderful giveaway sponsors American CraftsPink PaisleeHeidi SwappPrima MarketingOmiyage, and Stewart Superior. For close-ups of the fabulous products included in the giveaway, visit my blog.
This give-away prize includes:  6 sheets gold glitter paper (American Crafts); 1 gold dot vellum (American Crafts); 9 packages gold glitter/gold foil Thickers (American Crafts); 4 packages gold glitter brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold pearl brads (American Crafts); 1 package gold glitter buttons (American Crafts); gold rimmed Dear Lizzy brads (American Crafts); gold foil accent stickers (American Crafts); metallic gold chipboard Luxe stars (Pink Paislee); gold glitter letters (Pink Paislee); 4 pack assorted gold glitter (American Crafts); 6 gold glitter tapes (American Crafts); chunky gold glitter, gold microbeads, gold metallic embossing powder, gold glitter finish embossing powder (American Crafts); gold leaf and glue pad (Stewart Superior); gold ink pad (Stewart Superior); gold glitter leaves (Prima); gold metallic leaves (Prima); junkyard gold metallic findings  (Prima); gold tipped zipper flowers (Prima); gold stick pins (Prima); gold accessory pack (Omiyage); Gold Lame Color Shine (Heidi Swapp); gold foil dot chipboard stars (Pink Paislee); gold rub-ons (Pink Paislee).

41 Responses to Trending:Gold | Part 3 – Color Inspiration

  1. Bethanyy April 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    Wow, I wouldn’t have realized gold was so versatile! I love the page with the blue ribbon, too.

  2. Carol April 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

    I would have never thought of using gold as a neutral! You are so smart! It really works. And I love the poem. Reminds me of when my two girls were little. We used to love that song from Sesame Street, but with only two children we could never make the song work–until we made our cat, Fred, into “a hairy son”! 🙂

  3. BeachGal April 7, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    I am so going to have to try some of those tips! i can’t see any reason not to! Thanks for all the ideas and the chance to win!

  4. Susan Kopp April 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. chel1974 April 8, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    swoon! so much goodness!

  6. Louise April 8, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    you have really shown off how Gold works with all colours. A great page too

  7. Amy April 8, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    I am totally seeing this trend everywhere! At first I was like eh, but I think gold is winning me over. Love the color schemes.

  8. Vicki B April 8, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Gold to me is a happy color, I love how layouts sparkle with touches of gold!!

  9. Margie Visnick April 8, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Gorgeous! Love your LO!

  10. Patlyn April 8, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    Loving some gold and a very inspiring LO.

  11. Elyssa April 8, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    You just keep on inspiring me! I am loving your color combos, especially neon pink & glittery gold.

  12. Natalie Hall April 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

    I already love pink and grey together. Adding gold would glam it up! Watch out…you’ve really inspired me now! 😉

  13. Jane S April 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Great article. I think the blue combinations are great. I’ll give it a try on my next laylout.

  14. Cristina April 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks for all the inspiration! I am loving this series!

  15. Courtney April 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I love pink and gold together! Pink is probably my favorite color to combine with gold. I am loving this gold trend.

  16. Tessa April 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Good idea to think of gold as a neutral. I think I need to go check out how much gold I have in my stash and try some of these ideas out 🙂

  17. Simona April 9, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    The blue with the gold is gorgeous and I especially like the gold diagonally striped tag. Gold does go with everything doesn’t it? Yes. Therefore Gold is a neutral for sure. Thanks for inspiring us Ashley and thanks to all your great sponsors for this giveaway, generous indeed.

  18. Karenajo April 9, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Thanks again for your ‘Hot Tips’ – love the layout you created and the way the gold fits in. I have always loved gold and this gives me even more ways to incorporate it into cards and layouts – thanks for sharing !

  19. Melissa April 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Ashley, I’m not much of an article reader, but have loved each installment you’ve done. I’m so in love with gold. I love all the little touches you add to your layouts, all very original and lovely. I feel almost giddy knowing I have ten links to ten of your pages linked above – lol! I clicked a few already, but look forward to clicking through the rest of them on my lunch hour. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration you inspire!

  20. Viji April 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    You are right! Gold balances my layouts ! I usually either stitch with it or just add a few sequins! I love it!

  21. Juliana Michaels April 12, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Fabulous tips for using gold! I definitely want to add more of this to my layouts now!!!

  22. Jean_H April 12, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Loving some of those combos – definitely wouldn’t have tried them on my own, but just might now! Thanks for the inspiration! and the chance to win that amazing prize pack!!

  23. Ona April 12, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Honestly, I used to think of gold as old-fashioned, but in the past year I grown to love its versatility. All of its varying shades and textures – there are thousands out there and all with something different to say.

  24. Julie M. April 12, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    I love gold which has been sparse in the crafting world lately. I feel it adds a little sophistication when you use it. I’m glad it is coming back!

  25. Cindy deRosier April 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I really like gold with blue. I also love gold and black – those were our high school colors, way back in the day. 🙂

  26. Tammy ScrappyDoodads Kist April 12, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    I love gold! I never thought of using it as one of my neutrals…oooo, lots of thoughts running throught my mind now!

  27. Andrea Friebus April 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    That prize really looks like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
    (Crossing my fingers-and toes-to win!)

  28. Mary in IL April 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    you’ve convinced me to give gold a chance…I was always a silver girl!

  29. Nancy Grant April 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    The gold gives a great pop of unexpected color that I never would of considered. wow!

  30. Linda Hopwood April 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    Oh, I use gold all the time. Love it, glad to see so many products….YEAH!!!!!

  31. Kellystar April 13, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    I don’t use gold very often, but you have made me want to!

  32. Heather V April 13, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I love mint and gold together. Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Laura (@Bookworm) April 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Gold as a neutral makes sense . . . as does any metallic, really . . . when you think that we all wear metallic jewelry with our clothing . . . thanks for the cool color palette ideas.

  34. Candy April 15, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    My fav combo has always been gold and red. Regal colors I think. Sort of Hogwarts like. Quite a giveaway. So many options for gold. Who knew? But also great on black scrapbook layouts. Thanks so much!

  35. artfulscrapbooking April 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Love your “5” layout! Love the idea of thinking of gold as a neutral. xo Evie

  36. Lynda Fullen April 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I know I am going to be using a lot more gold now!!!

  37. Pamela Haskin April 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    What fun ideas you’ve shared with us! I really like the page with the bow cutout with the gold sentiment across it. So pretty!

  38. serena April 21, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    love the pairing of gold with the turquoise – it looks fantastic.

  39. Ann in PA April 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Liking the mint, navy and gold combo. Will be giving it a try!

  40. Jean bullock April 21, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Great scrapbook layout. I haven’t seen too many colors that don’t go well with gold.

  41. Lynn April 22, 2013 at 5:32 am #

    I really love the layout and all the gold.

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