Donald Trump says he wouldn't mess with a classic

By Jess Cagle and Charlotte Triggs
Updated October 01, 2015 07:25 AM
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In their first family interview, Donald Trump and his wife Melania open up about raising their son Barron and their hopes for the White House. Subscribe now for instant access to this PEOPLE exclusive!

Donald Trump’s penthouse triplex in N.Y.C.’s Trump Tower is both shocking and exactly what you’d expect: gold walls, marble floors, ornate columns, Versailles-style furniture, enormous crystal chandeliers, frescoes on the ceiling and panoramic views of Manhattan and well beyond.

But the Republican presidential hopeful insists that if he were to eventually make it to the White House, he wouldn’t impart his signature gold palette on the West Wing.

“If I were elected I would probably look at the White House, and maybe touch it up a little bit,” he says. “But the White House is a special place you don’t want to do too much touching.”

For now, the family is enjoying their gilded Manhattan home.

“This is a special place. It’s at the top of Trump Tower and it’s been home for a long time,” he says. “It’s just been a warm, wonderful place. It’s been a wonderful place to raise children and work and do all the things you have to do in life.”

For much more of our exclusive interview – and at-home photos! – with the Trumps, pick up a copy of the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday