6 Interior Designers Reveal the Fall Trends They Love
You'll be seeing these styles everywhere this season.
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
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.
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.
“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”
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.
"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
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
"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
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Trend: Distinct Design
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the Look: Bundle Up With Pillows and Throws
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.
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.
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.