Fresh Fall Design Trends

Pros share what's hot now in home decorating, plus tips to get the look in your abode.
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November 24, 2014
By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Design by Ana Donahue

Photo By: Rebekah Zaveloff

Photo By: Kip Dawkins

Mixing and Matching Styles

Gone are the days of matchy-matchy rooms and here to stay are rooms that incorporate diverse design styles. This room combines modern Barcelona chairs with more traditional wingback seating and is finished off with global-chic accessories for a cohesive, curated look. Design by Ana Donohue

Rich Jewel Tones

"Colors always shift with the seasons, but this year, I'm seeing a more saturated palette. The colors are juicier than in previous years," says trend forecaster Stacy Garcia. Add pops of rich hues like indigo, fuchsia, peacock blue and emerald green to instantly refresh your space. Design by Jane Ellison

Retro, Redefined

"Mad Men mania is driving a return to midcentury modern with clean lines," Stacy says. "But most people don't want to live in a home that looks like it was taken off the set." To get in on the trend without going overboard, mix a few sleek midcentury pieces — like color-blocked pillows or a vintage Murano glass lamp — with your existing furniture. Design by Kenneth Brown

Gray: The New Neutral

"Everything is going gray. It's the new beige," says interior designer Shane Inman.

"Neutrals have been huge since the start of the recession, and over the last year or so, gray has become the dominant shade," Stacy agrees. Combine various shades of gray for a rich layered look. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff

Bring On the Gold

"Gold is totally back. But in a brushed finish versus a dated, high-polish version," says Shane. Bring a gold accessory, like these painted glass bottles, into your space to create a bit of glamour. Design by Erinn Valencich

One-of-a-Kind Pieces

Homes have never been more personalized, so there's a growing demand for one-of-a-kind items purchased directly from the people who make them. "People are starting to really appreciate artisans," Lori says. "You're buying amazing-quality products that take care of the people actually making them." One standout accessory, like this carved wooden bowl, adds instant global chic to any space. Design by Luis Caicedo

The Jewel Box Effect

With smaller homes comes more of a desire to make the most of the space with big-drama style, rich jewel tones and elaborate detailing. "Homes are like little jewel boxes. Think smaller-scale items that are flashy, with precious metals woven into the fabrics, finishes on furniture done very richly or wallpaper studded with rhinestones," says Lori. This rivet-studded wallpaper creates both texture and glamour, even in a small room. Image courtesy Phillip Jeffries

A Comfortable, Homespun Look

Often called "granny-chic," the opposite of the bold jewel tone trend is a move toward mellow, authentically vintage spaces. "The look is modest, with beautiful little embellishments — rooms with homespun items that look girly and pretty and nod to the past," says Stacy. To create your own granny-chic retreat, try mixing neutrals, blush tones and mellow purples alongside textures like soft brushed wools and felts. Design by Jeff Andrews. Photo by Tim Street-Porter

Nature-Inspired Accessories

Nature-inspired accessories are also hot, hot, hot. "I'm seeing wood grain as inspiration for textiles, wall coverings with natural motifs and tongue-in-cheek rustic accessories, like a decoupaged fake deer head," says Stacy.

Small Is Big

Gone are the days of the "bigger is better" mentality in home furnishings: The hefty furniture that ruled the '90s is being reinterpreted for smaller spaces. "Everything is on a more human scale," says interior designer Sandra Espinet. "And the pieces have more personality; you're not just buying something to fill up your home." Using smaller sofas and chairs also means you can create multiple conversation areas within a room. Photo courtesy of Kirsten Grove

Modern Rustic

A sexier sibling to large, unwieldy rustic pieces, streamlined furniture that embraces natural curves and imperfections is cropping up all over furniture showrooms. "It's a melding of midcentury lines in natural materials, like a bench made of a log that's split in half, with metal legs," Stacy says. "It's also driven by a desire to use reclaimed things." This lamp, with its slim modern shade and rustic driftwood base, perfectly embodies the trend. Design by Emily Henderson

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