Create an opulent look within your home by bringing together white and gold. This elegant look lends itself beautifully to all styles of homes and is one of the hottest looks for autumn/winter this year.

Interior designers have been favouring white as a base colour throughout the year, adding gold is a great way to bring a touch of refinement to your living space. Whether you choose to have gold as the wall and floor colour or prefer to keep walls, ceilings and paintwork white is a matter of personal choice along with the style of your home. Gold coloured walls and flooring are the ideal choice for large rooms, whilst white will give the illusion of a larger space.

One of great advantages of using these colour combinations is that you can have a minimalist look in modern and contemporary interiors or fill an older style home with a multitude of antiques and modern pieces. The juxtaposition of the two styles brings a fabulous look of chic refinement and grandeur to your rooms. Either way the look is easy to achieve and doesn't have to be expensive.

When thinking of using only two colours remember to add different textures and hues otherwise the look can be very stark! Gold embellishments are in-trend, along with other metallics this season. If you don't like gold opt for silver and coordinate with graphite grey colours. This look provides as much chic refinement in a more understated way.

With most people watching their spending very closely, having a new sofa or flooring may seem an extravagant expense, however shop around and there are some great bargains to be had as retailers are also falling over themselves to grab your attention in order for them to stay afloat during the recession.

Take full advantage of the discounts and genuinely reduced prices to inject a new look into your living space. Having new pieces is a great morale booster! Begin with the least expensive aspects such as the window dressing. Choose antique brass curtain poles or gold finish curtain tracks to hang gorgeous gold coloured ready made curtains which will instantly perk up a room.

Follow the curtains with cushions and throws which either match or compliment your ready made curtains. Look out for cushions with embellishments and detailing with gold bead work or embroidery with gold lurex style threads. If you have plain walls having patterned curtains, cushions and throws will bring a sense of balance and harmony to the room, making it warm and inviting throughout the year.