Six Top Fall Decor Trends Up The Curves, Comfort & Glamour

Move into Maximalism

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to a new “maximalist” style, characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in — piles of books, patterned throws, curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

 
“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” says New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

Global and Glamorous

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle.

There’s also lots of glamour in home accessories. Facets, highly polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and deco patterning bring sophistication into a space.

Scandinavian Comfort

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living.

 Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blond-wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. And Ikea’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood and canvas.
Clockwise from top left: Pottery Barn Floral Salad and Dinner Plates, $40–$48 for four; Modern by Dwell Magazine Coffee Table, $105 at target.com; Eleanor Velvet Arm Chair, $649 at urbanoutfitters.com; Jonathan Adler Small Anvil Bowl, $98 at jonathanadler.com
Clockwise from top left: Pottery Barn Floral Salad and Dinner Plates, $40–$48 for four; Modern by Dwell Magazine Coffee Table, $105 at target.com; Eleanor Velvet Arm Chair, $649 at urbanoutfitters.com; Jonathan Adler Small Anvil Bowl, $98 at jonathanadler.com
 

Finer Florals

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms.

Pottery Barn has a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints. And Morris & Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns on its wallpaper.

Warmer Materials

 Warm woods like walnut and oak are big players across furniture collections, and are also being used as paneling.

Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Color Stories

 “Emerald is definitely the ‘it’ color of the season,” says Griffin. “It’s a perfect anchor for the other jewel tones that are trending.”

Dark walls are hot — slate blue, navy, even brown. They’re being contrasted with jewel tones — rather than white or ivory — in trims and furnishings.

 And black is back. PPG, Olympic Paints and Glidden’s 2018 Color of the Year choices are Black Flame, Black Magic and Deep Onyx. The companies say the colors reflect classic modernism.

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