The word splendor--from the Latin verb "to shine"--means "great light or luster," "brilliance," "a magnificent appearance or display." Splendor is the radiation of richness. It's naturally occurring and can be found in a rock or patch of earth--and in people, places, and things. In design, splendor can express itself in simple things (a splendid porcelain bowl)--or in ways that are magnificent and grand (a black ebony grand piano).
Grandness doesn't fit easily in our speedy world. We are sometimes embarrassed by splendor; magnificence can make us feel small. (Simplicity, on the other hand, makes us feel noble.) In a whole
world, however, splendor and simplicity are two sides of the coin of awareness--and both are a cause for celebration. You could live splendidly in one room and simply in a palace.
Gilding the lily is an expression of richness and splendid display. On festive occasions throughout Indonesia, aristocrats wore sarongs coated with gold dust. In Western Renaissance pageantry, small children were often completely gilded (sometimes with deadly results).
Don't be shy about using gold leaf out of doors. Gilding was originally designed to enrich architectural structures and is still used mainly (on signs) outdoors. For exterior gilding (pediments, front door trim, address plaques), a good sign painter can do the job for a reasonable price, so that it's tarnish- and weatherproof.
Whether your palace is very small or very vast, you are at the center of it. If you pay attention to the many forms of wealth around you and draw them into your space, and cultivate wealth through conduct and design, richness will reign there.