For some of us the temperatures are still soaring into the triple digits and for others they are dropping almost overnight. Autumn is my favorite season – one that I miss terribly living here in Southern California. Either way, fall is just around the corner for all of us, and each year it mentally prepares us for the upcoming holiday season where we gather to celebrate with our family and friends.
If you’re thinking of hosting the holidays this year or just want to infuse some warmth and comfort into your interiors, here are a few of the must have fall design trends for your home this season.
- Keep the lines and shape of your seating simple and invest in more sophisticated and timeless pieces. You never want your highest ticket items to look dated.
- Add simple luxury to dining chairs by adding some piping or nail head trims to the upholstery to dress them up a bit.
- Intermix a variety of furniture styles from different eras to create instant character.
- As always – avoid over co-ordination and resist the urge to be too matchy-matchy.
- Introducing wall coverings in subtle or bold patterns will instantly add texture and detail to your walls, while transforming your space.
- Neutral classic damask fabrics or papers – in taupes and charcoals work in both traditional and contemporary settings. Blend with muted stripes for a cohesive look.
- Subtle stripes are an all time favorite and enhance any space beautifully, particularly when applied vertically creating a sense of volume.
- If you’re brave enough use large scaled floral or geometric patterns in a more neutral color to make a statement for fall. Just remember the larger the pattern the simpler the shape of the furniture and your accessories.
- Linen, stone and grey are always favorite neutral wall colors. When choosing these hues, always include a variety of other natural textures, finishes and woods to create a sense of interest. Use a variety of lighter and darker neutral tones and add a splash of color to add that punch of fall drama.
- Deep dark steel blue like Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green HC-158 is a variation on the teal theme that was very popular in 2010. It has evolved into a deeper and more dramatic tone for fall. Using this as a wall color in your den or living room will instantly change the ambiance providing an instant sense of luxury to your space. This color looks spectacular with black, white, woods, mirrored surfaces.
- Warm autumnal yellows like Farrow and Ball’s Sudbury Yellow #51 creates and very cozy and inviting space when paired with darker wood furniture and will look crisp and clean when contrasted with whites, and creams and neutrals.
- Choose some throw pillows in fall shades and eco friendly burlaps and sprinkle them throughout your living areas.
- Wooden objects coupled with new antique brass accents (believe it or not) will provide you with a new sense of fall shimmer.
- Toss some new damask and floral throws over your seating to infuse some new rich textiles into the mix – and to cozy up with in front of your roaring fire.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.