Gold Gilt & Mirrored Ceiling at Hotel Savoy in Moscow

Gold Gilt & Mirrored Ceiling at Hotel Savoy in Moscow

Gold Gilt Columns at The Hermitage - St. Petersburg, Russia

Gold Gilt Columns at The Hermitage - St. Petersburg, Russia

I was looking through some photos from our trip to Russia this past summer when I noticed these two photos of gold gilt details.  The first is gold gilding on moldings and the ceiling in the dining room at the Hotel Savoy in Moscow.  The second highlights gold gilded columns at The Hermitage in St. Petersburg.  In both cases they add the shine that puts the interior design into a different level of beauty.  Certainly it is borderline tacky, and can easily cross that line in today's interiors, but if it can walk that fine line without crossing it, gold gilding can be a gorgeous statement... What do you think - can you see an application for using gold gilding in an interior design that isn't a palace?  Would you put it in your own home?