I have always had a strong preference for silver or platinum when it comes to jewelry. In fact, when I got engaged (when I was in college, believe it or not), I was the only one of my peers with a platinum engagement ring (and after my wedding, a platinum wedding band). Now, silver/platinum seems to be the norm, but in the early 90s most people were still doing the gold wedding sets and thought I was very old-fashioned.
In my home decor, I have a less defined stance. In the living areas, I like the warmth of gold. In my bedroom, I like the elegant and cool tones of silver. To make things more complicated, I prefer the look of a warm cream tone natural stone in my bathroom (gold?), and a cool white marble with gray for the kitchen (silver?). I think it comes down to warm versus cool. The right color depends on the character of the room, the quality of light.
I think of silver as being light, cool, gray, or blue. Interestingly, many of the pictures in my computer files meet this description.
House Beautiful, February 2008. Design by Ashley Whittaker. This room is SO beautiful. The sources does not list where the chaise is from, but if anyone know who makes a similar one, please let me know! The blue translates as cool, and silvery to me.
This room translates as silvery to me, perhaps because of the mirrored console and the crystal lamps. Coddington Design.
This is a sophisticated holiday setting Martha Stewart, seen in Laura Loves. Definitely strikes me as a silvery scene!
Mariette Himes Gomez for Hickory Chair. The silver table looks perfect with these colors, and look at the ottoman - a silvery gray!
La Terraza del Casino, designed by Jaime Hayon, as seen on Me, Myself, and I
Ironies Rain Mirror
Niermann Weeks Caronia Floor Lamp. I love this lamp!
I think of gold as being warm, and I also think of it as being yellow.
Jan Showers, Western Interiors Magazine, via Katiedid. This is such a warm, rich room.
This is from Bayou Contessa's latest post - it is amazing - attributed to Southern Accents. I love the warm parchment tones of the walls, the gold of the mirror, the warm color of the wood floors.
So, what about you? Are you a silver or gold fan? Or perhaps you are in the middle - gilver.