6 Interior Designers Reveal the Fall Trends They Love

You'll be seeing these styles everywhere this season.

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Okay, so fall doesn't officially start until September 22nd, but in my mind it starts the second August ends. (I literally wore a flannel on September 1st.) And it's not just me — interior designers have their eyes toward the season ahead, too.

So to get the autumn party started early, we reached out to a few pro designers to find out what trends they're most excited to try out this fall. Read on for their answers.

Chic Plaids + Leather

Neutral Living Room is Soothing, Eclectic

Neutral Living Room is Soothing, Eclectic

A mix of patterns in a neutral palette adds visual texture and tactile appeal to this eclectic living room. Gingham curtains dress the windows, while a contemporary sofa is paired with graphic-printed throw pillows. A gold vase adds a metallic note to the space.

Photo by: Michael J. Lee

Michael J. Lee

"I’m looking forward to fall and seeing some of our installs come together. We're installing a home in late September that has some awesome plaid and gingham action going on. I’m particularly attracted to black-and-white plaid mixed with coral, red and brown accents. We're also doing a lot of leather in unexpected ways. I’m in love with binding chunky sisals and seagrass rugs in leather to give them a bit of edge and a cooler feel.” — Susana Simonpietri, Chango & Co.

Matte Finishes

Unique Modern Bathroom Sink and Pendant Lamp

Unique Modern Bathroom Sink and Pendant Lamp

An unusual pendant lamp made with glass and a vintage industrial clamp hangs above a round white sink basin with a curved matte black faucet in this modern bathroom.

Photo by: Robert Felker

Robert Felker

“I'm most excited about matte finishes on fixtures and appliances. Shiny metals like chrome have been popular for a long time so it's nice to see a change in this area. Matte finishes, especially in darker colors, can give your space an entirely different feel without having to renovate the whole room.” — Peyton Lambton, HGTV’s “Going Yard” & “My New Old House”

Vintage Flair

Chelsea Bohemian Bedroom

Chelsea Bohemian Bedroom

Cozy up in this eclectic bedroom with punches of color and personality everywhere. Multiple, cool and complementary patterns give the room almost a monotone neutral feel. The eye is drawn to the perky yellow table lamp which is sitting on a slice of an old tree.

Photo by: LABL studio

LABL studio

"We tend to look for inspirations in the past for ideas, and this year the relaxed, bohemian nature of the '70s era is coming back in the fashion industry and moving towards interiors as well. It's an eclectic mix of textured fabrics, exotic woods and nature-inspired materials." — Jack Menashe, Menashe Design

Chunky Knits

Basket With White Throw and Pillow

Basket With White Throw and Pillow

Corral clutter (or extra pillows) with rustic charm in a woven basket.

Photo by: John Woodcock Photography

John Woodcock Photography

"This fall, I’m all about adding an uber-textural chunky wool knit blanket to any room. It's the perfect way to layer in a hint of the cozy winter weather ahead. Emilie Munroe, Studio Munroe

Inspiration From Nature

Step 3

Step 3

Make sure all pots and different size cabbages are well watered. Water every few days to ensure plants are healthy and well fed. This piece could be great on a table top or front porch.  

Photo by: Photos by Heidi Geldhauser. Floral Design by Lindsay Coletta

Photos by Heidi Geldhauser. Floral Design by Lindsay Coletta

"I am continuously inspired by people who style their flower boxes with cabbage, pumpkins, sprigs of wheat and gourds. When decorating clients' homes for fall, I like to pull in those elements of the colors and textures. I'm excited to start pulling those deeper, moodier colors that bring my designs to a really sophisticated level." — Holly Hickey Moore

Updated Bathrooms

Black and White Bathroom With Chic Soaking Tub

Black and White Bathroom With Chic Soaking Tub

The soaking tub is the highlight of this black and white bathroom. With its updated brass faucet, the tub feels both traditional in appeal and unique and modern in comparison with the recent chrome and silver trend. A black ladder shelf holds towels, and a nearby black stool holds soap and decorative items. Black and white floor tile rounds out the classic but contemporary feel of the space.

Photo by: Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

"I’m excited to see that bathrooms are suddenly becoming more fabulous without being overly fussy. I love seeing the new stone tiles mixed with metallics in them; it gives us a chance to add a bit of shine to any bathroom. Everyone has been so obsessed with polished nickel for the past two decades that I’m happy to see brass making a comeback, but this time around it’s not lacquered, giving it a more interesting and industrial feel." — Sheila Bridges

Design Bloggers on Fall's Top Trends

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The Trend: The New Neutrals

"Colorless design is something that is really striking a chord as new and fresh," says Brian Patrick Flynn of Decor Demon. "It's all about the use of texture and shape rather than color and contrast." Here, grass-cloth wall covering, 3-D art and fur accessories add interest without bright hues.

Photo By: Courtesy of Thibaut

Get the Look: White on White

"One of the ways I'm using it is by layering several shades of parchment with ultra white," Brian says. "It's gorgeous, fresh and unexpected. Hmmm, beige and unexpected are two words I never thought I'd use together."

The Trend: The Curated Look

"The 'curated look' is the biggest design trend this fall," says Lynn Byrne of Decor Arts Now. "It is a liberating trend; the only rule is that you collect and display what you love. What something costs is irrelevant; whimsy and quirkiness are a plus."

Photo By: Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Get the Look: Create a Gallery Wall

"The easiest way to inject the 'curated' look into your home: Hang your pictures and objects 'salon'-style as a gallery wall," Lynn says. This gallery wall in her home includes architectural drawings of the house, a Fornasetti plate, a print by Hugo Guinness and art sourced on Etsy and at thrift shops and flea markets.

Photo By: Design by Lynn Byrne, Decor Arts Now; Photo by Ellen McDermott

The Trend: Mix-and-Match Styles

Designer Julia Buckingham Edelman adds that the curated look extends from accessories to furniture. "Instead of the idea that all interior spaces have to match, my clients are allowing me a more creative and unique approach to their interiors," she says. We are taking more risks in mixing and matching style and design genres." Here, a white-and-silver palette unifies new and old items.

Photo By: Design by Buckingham Interiors and Design, LLC

Get the Look: Create Unexpected Vignettes

To mix and match styles effortlessly at home, gather up a few unique pieces that you love. Thinking in groups of three to five, "look at what could be moved and integrated with other existing pieces to shake things up," Julia says. "Reconfiguring new and existing pieces in an experimental way can allow for the most unusual of pairings."

Photo By: Design by Buckingham Interiors and Design, LLC

The Trend: Mixing Bright Colors

Incorporating bright colors is the perfect nod to fall. "Mixing various colors is always a great trend without committing to just one or two [colors]," designer Ana Donohue says.

Get the Look: Go Big or Go Home

Look to the wall, furniture and small furnishings as an opportunity for adding color. "The trick is creating a rhythm throughout the room and making sure the colors connect to each other," she says.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Get the Look: Try Flea Market Finds

If you're just starting to furnish a room, search yard sales or flea markets for something you're head-over-heels for, then build the room around that. "I always find that if you love a piece or accessory you will always find a place for it," Julia says.

Photo By: Design by Buckingham Interiors and Design, LLC

The Trend: Distinct Design

"A fall trend I see is distinct design, where people embrace how they live and where they've been, each room telling a story about their lives," says designer Nyla Free.

Photo By: Design by Nyla Free Designs; Photo by Jared Sych Photography for Avenue Magazine, Calgary Alberta

Get the Look: Display a Collection

"Sharing collectibles, whether books, art or a grouping of like items in a space, not only adds personality but offers conversation pieces," Nyla says. "Design is about confidence in who you are and what you love." Skateboards in the dining room? If that's your passion, it can totally work.

Photo By: Design by Nyla Free Designs; Photo by Jared Sych Photography for Avenue Magazine, Calgary Alberta

The Trend: High Contrast

"I continue to see high contrast as a very strong trend this fall," says designer Traci Zeller. "The soft, muddy colors that were so popular have evolved into cleaner brights."

Get the Look: Bright on Black

"It's easy to bring high contrast into your own home by adding basic elements in white, black and the color of your choice," Traci says. Paint a wall black or dark gray and watch bright accent colors spring to life.

Photo By: Design by Traci Zeller

Get the Look: Try a Tray

Smaller bits of bright hues can invigorate your decor, too. "Pillows, throws, ottomans and lacquered trays are inexpensive ways to inject color and contrast into a monochromatic space," Traci says.

Photo By: Design by Traci Zeller

The Trend: The Human Touch

One-of-a-kind pieces with textural details are huge this fall, says Jennifer Mehditash of the blog Dec-a-Porter. "Look for ceramics being manipulated to look like glass, hand-carved wood, hammered metals and textured glass adding multiple levels of texture and detail to each and every piece," she says.

Get the Look: Find Artisan Accessories

To add texture and interest to your home, seek out one-of-a-kind pieces with handmade details. But keep then neutral: "It's the strong absence of color that makes these accessories contemporary," Jennifer says.

Photo By: Design by Danielle Colding

The Trend: Americana Design

For fall, designer Lori Dennis is looking forward to neutral rooms paired with handmade, traditional pieces. "Look for Americana-style antique and vintage-inspired accessories, celebrating handcraftsmanship," she says.

Photo By: Design by Milk and Honey Home

Get the Look: Vintage Accessories

"For a small fix, a design lover can keep their eyes open at flea markets and yard sales for fabulous and inexpensive accessories, like old toys, quilts and kitchen items," Lori says.

Get the Look: Lighten Up

"For a larger project, paint walls back to light, neutral colors and refinish wood floors in lighter colors," Lori says.

Photo By: Design by Sarah Richardson

The Trend: Bold Graphic Patterns

"Bold graphic patterns used to be the exception, but now they are the rule," says designer Stacy Naquin. "Even those homeowners who haven't historically liked pattern are finding ways to incorporate it into their homes. Graphic patterns work whether you want to experiment with accessories (like a pillow) or plunge right in with wallpaper."

Get the Look: A Little Bit of Pattern

Not ready to try high-contrast wallpaper on all four walls? There's a compromise, Stacy says. "Try using graphic wallpaper on the back of bookshelves. It gives you that great dose of pattern but — because of the shelving and accessories — isn't so overwhelming to pattern-phobes," she says.

The Trend: Chunky Knits

Fashion trends often make their way from the runway to the living room. That's why designer Gretchen Aubuchon founded the blog Fashion + Decor. Hot right now: chunky knits. "Tweeds and nubby knits were all over the fall runways, opening up all sorts of possibilities for upholstery and soft accessories," she says.

Photo By: Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Get the Look: Bundle Up With Pillows and Throws

Try faux-fur throws on the furniture and add soft knit pillows to get ready for cooler weather and to stay trend-savvy.

The Trend: Mad for Plaid

Another runway trend is plaid, a timeless pattern that's practically synonymous with fall. "The pattern was all over the runways, and it's definitely making a big comeback in the home," designer Tobi Fairley says.

Get the Look: Think Outside the Box

You can decorate with plaid in several different ways. "The patterns can be anything from traditional tartan to a menswear windowpane, to a brightly-colored plaid. I love mixing a plaid with other patterns, like a leopard print or stripe — it adds a more modern look to the traditional design," she says.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

The Trend: Mixing Global Patterns

"This fall home decor is all about pattern," says Jeanine Hays of AphroChic, specifically, mixing richly hued motifs. This room's ikat curtains, polka-dotted pillow and striped chair create a warm, inviting living space.

Get the Look: Eclectic Tabletop

Jeanine's go-to way to combine patterns is with tabletop accessories. "Keep your eye out for dessert plates, dinnerware and serving dishes that have a fun print like polka dots and stripes, or an African-inspired print like cowrie shells. Then mix and match pieces to create a vivid tabletop display for your guests," she says.

Photo By: Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo

The Trend: Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is finding its way into more homes because of its versatility. "It is less expensive compared to marble, and it is way more durable," says designer Sarah Stacey.

Get the Look: A Charming Kitchen

The natural stone adds warmth to any style kitchen and comes in a variety of styles. "It has a pretty matte sheen, which is comparable to honed marble and the veining is beautiful," Sarah says. Pair with a colorful farmhouse sink and white cabinetry for a cottage-style look.

Photo By: Stephanie Rau / Getty Images

The Trend: Decorating With Warm Colors

"Fall is about comfort and warmth and curling up on the sofa with a great book or a cup of tea," designer Claire Paquin says.

Photo By: Courtesy of Graham & Brown

Get the Look: Incorporate Rich Reds

Rich, orangey reds paired with natural woods make this modern family room inviting and the perfect spot to spend a crisp, autumn day," Claire says.

Photo By: Regan Wood/ Claire Paquin

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