Metallic tones are on-trend in the interiors world right now. But more importantly than that, these warm hues add a certain glow to spaces and are more versatile than you might imagine (no wonder they've become so popular). Our Colour of the Year for 2016 interprets these metallic shades for your a warm and welcoming home – take a look at these different ways Cherished Gold can be used in your spaces and be inspired to enrich your walls with this earthy shade.

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Storybook corner

Cosy and cocooning, Cherished Gold sets the scene for a relaxing reading nook.

Expert tip: Try adding a dash of vibrant yellow to bring Cherished Gold to life – or add a dusky pink to bring out its softness.

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Make an entrance

Cherish your hello's and goodbyes in a hallway that really feels like home with this comforting, earthy hue.

Expert tip: Pick a similar toned coordinating colour and create a two-toned paint effect on your stairs. This helps draw the eye around the space, making it feel larger.

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Study in gold

Acting in the same way as a soothing neutral, Cherished Gold brings a calm mood to an office space – all the better for focusing on the task at hand.

Expert tip: A little bit of Cherished Gold goes a long way – even if you only have a small area of wall or ceiling to play with, this colour adds oodles of personality without being overpowering.

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The right stripes

Stripes will never date (just look at the Breton t-shirt if you don’t believe us). Combine Cherished Gold with Atlas Blue, Lucky Penny and Soft Almond 2 in bold bands across walls to achieve a softer take on this graphic look.

Expert tip: Play with the widths of your stripes to create even more visual interest and subtlety.

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Tone on tone

Add Cherished Gold to a muted pastel scheme and you’ve instantly given your space a sophisticated update. Use Paper Mint and Atlas Blue with Cherished Gold to recreate this look.

Expert tip: Painting your woodwork and dado rails the same colour as your walls gives a really contemporary effect, especially in a matt finish.

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Cooking up a storm

Cherished Gold is the ideal ingredient for adding a touch of spice to the heart of your home – go to town and use liberally across wall space, or add a hint of colour as a splash-back.

Expert tip: Don’t have a rustic style kitchen? Fear not – add a lick of Cherished Gold to walls and display wooden chopping boards and utensils against your counter top for a farmhouse feel.

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Back to nature

Cherished Gold and natural materials were made for each other. Bringing out the qualities of wood and other natural textures, this mid-tone complements everything from blonde timbers to rich leather.

Expert tip: Give cladding or raw timber a light wash of Cherished Gold to enhance its natural grain and use it to panel areas of wall for instant rustic chic.

Order your Cherished Gold tester to try the shade in your own space, or download our free Visualizer app to see it on your walls in virtual reality.