“Your house becomes your story”
As the fall nesting season returns, home decor retailers present collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are.
Our long period of confinement may have made us restless to the outside world, but it helped us appreciate our homes better. Even if you haven’t redone a basement playroom, remodeled a bathroom, or created a workspace in an apartment closet, you’ve probably rediscovered what you love about your home.
“Our living spaces have moved from sanctuary to command center,” says Elaine Griffin, designer at Sea Island, Ga., “And our relationship with them has changed forever.”
“Our love affair with our homes is at its zenith,” she says.
Months of working from home have seen many people transform their homes into multitasking wonders of purpose, functionality, and personality.
“Of the three, it’s the last one that reigns,” says Griffin.
So how do you give your rooms that personal touch as we snuggle up for fall and winter?
Maine-based designer Erin Flett has a mantra: “Collect things that you love, that are genuine to you, and your home will become your story.” “
Rather than a basic chair, generic carpet, or ordinary wallcovering, designers favor items with a little ‘soul’, from the cozy nap of a plush fabric to the tool marks of a handcrafted bowl, up to the supreme splendor of an elegant lacquered piece of furniture.
There is something for everyone. Pieces that give off an artisanal and artisanal atmosphere. Refined pieces that make your heart beat, with exciting prints or daring shapes. Elegant free-form mirrors. Motifs that span centuries of art. Colors that reflect our need for the restorative qualities of nature. And at the other end of the spectrum, colors that spark our imaginations.
The most interesting new interior design doesn’t look like a factory assembly line, but a studio. A workshop. A small production house.
Some examples of what to expect for the fall:
Look for saturated hues – cobalt, cinnamon, charcoal, ruby, green, and mustard among them. It is the depth of these colors that is new, and also the way they are used. They envelop entire rooms, from walls to moldings to fireplace mantels and even the ceiling. The kitchen too.
“In North America, red is our bestseller of warm colors,” says Valentina Bertazzoni, style and design manager at Italian manufacturer of premium kitchen appliances Bertazzoni.
“By incorporating colors like red, the kitchen space can be livelier and more inviting. And more and more homeowners are understanding the idea that a colorful range can serve as an anchor or protagonist for a design concept.
You’ll see red in small pieces, like the playful Bellhop lamp by Barber Osgerby, but also in larger pieces of furniture like the Turner sofa by Arteriors. For the backyard, Brown Jordan’s outdoor kitchen cabinets are available in a hot pepper shade, as well as cool mint, Tardis blue, and cotton candy pink tones.
Charcoal and black have gone from gothic hues for teenagers to must-have colors for chic and dramatic rooms. Even nurseries get these ink hues, which help make furniture, artwork, and other colors stand out. In children’s bedrooms, they talk about the gender neutrality that many modern families seek.
Another style direction, “Japandi”, mixes the organic and understated modernism of Scandinavian and Japanese aesthetics. The hues are mossy, hazy, smoky and soothing. Amy Donato of PPG Paints says, “We are seeing a strong interest in Japandi inspired colors. In fact, our bestsellers are the ones that align with the serene, neutral essence of the trend.
“I like that maximalism takes over while minimalism disappears,” says New York designer Courtney Sempliner. “The pattern play I see with the upholstery, the layering of patterns at different scales and the bold use of color is exciting and much more interesting. “
It also allows more of an owner’s personality to come through.
Regional and global tribal models continue to gain attention; textiles for living and sleeping spaces feature these eye-catching and often story-driven designs.
“The Navajo are among the best carpet makers in the world, with loom work and design on par with the best Persian rugs,” says Atlanta-based editor-in-chief Leanne Potts, a contributor to HGTV, Gardenista and d ‘other points of sale. “These southwestern masterpieces feature patterns and colors that complement many decor styles.”
Joanna Mahserdjian, founder of Upstate Rug Supply in Hudson, New York, agrees.
“Hang one on the wall as art, place one on the floor in a mid-century modern home, or layer them with Persian rugs, like Ralph Lauren does,” she suggests. “They work just as well for anchoring a pair of modern Danish chairs as they do in a desk under a rich camel leather Chesterfield sofa.”
You’ll also find Native American and African tribal designs on the upholstered pieces: Anthropologie’s Ulla chair has a mud-inspired print. Sundance’s mango wood-covered kilim-covered sofa marries hand-woven with bespoke, and there are also vibrant woven baskets here, made by a collective of Ghanaian women.
Albany Park founder Darryl Sharpton took inspiration from his Nigerian heritage to create his Ekaabo seating collection. The name means ‘welcome home’ and the blue, orange and burgundy graphics of the velvet upholstery echo the West African design.
Flowers remain anchored in the category of favorite designs. But instead of the traditional tidy, these flowers are rebellious. Graham & Brown’s Azure Paper puts a tumble of blown flowers on a matte black background, for example.
Collaborating with graphic artist Marcello Vielho, Anthropologie’s fall furniture collection includes the small Bloom side chair with a botanical graphic rendered in bold hues of lemon, grape, cherry and basil.
There are some fun retro wallpapers too, like the Memphis era summaries from Hovia and the large-scale, midmod, 70s and 80s summaries from Graham & Brown. Look for trompe-l’oeil designs like origami, crocodile, faux wood, and crystal or mineral designs. With one of these artistic and impactful papers on your wall, you don’t need fancy furniture to make a statement.
You’ve probably noticed it in the aisles of big box superstores and neighborhood decor stores: rattan and jute have moved from the porch and storage closet to almost every room in the house.
Dressers, side tables, headboards, lighting, seating and even kitchen / bathroom cabinet fronts feature the tight weaves of these materials.
Anthropologie has a cane and brass chandelier, or check out Pottery Barn’s Sausalito bedroom collection, with driftwood-inspired finishes and bird’s eye canes. Crate & Barrel channeled the 1930s with the Anaise Curved Edge Bedroom Set, the Griere Cane and Wood Bench and the West Circular Bar Cabinet, the latter in collaboration with designer Leanne Ford.
Textures and geometric shapes also appeal to designers looking to create a modernist vibe, but with a geological look that appeals to nature lovers as well. The new bar cart from RH designed by Robert Forwood is covered with pieces of grainy faceted oak. West Elm offers brutalist print cushions and marble and octahedron wood artwork.
Instagram feeds from design and shelter magazines are increasingly popular for posts featuring floating vanities; mixed color kitchen cabinets; curved and soft seat; brutalist art objects; and matte black window frames, cabinet knobs and faucets.
In the furniture there are large framed wood pieces, like the Westbrook Parson style side table by Pottery Barn with a cement top, or the Jack table, with a marble top perched on an architectural wooden base. bleached. But there are equally interesting pieces with sultry, rounded corners, like the Runwell dresser and side table in Shinola’s fall collaboration with Crate & Barrel; the buttered drawers covered with aniline leather nestle in a cocoon with soft edges in walnut-veneered mahogany.
Wood and wood-look floors add another warm dimension to eclectic rooms and soften the austerity of minimalist rooms. Beyond real wood, there are stunning laminates and beautiful, sturdy porcelain tiles whose lifelike appearance illustrates how far digital printing technology has come.
Italian manufacturer La Fabbrica’s Il Cerreto tile collection reflects the rich grain and hues of wooden wine barrels. The Cerdomus Opera collection was inspired by the woods of historic Italian theaters. And Rondine’s Timeless tile looks like textured parquet.
Besides floors, these coating materials can also be applied to walls.
The elegance of Art Deco is another darling decor now. Discover the Sven d’Article loveseat in emerald green velvet, with upholstered seats and rolled armrests. Interior Define’s Madeline slipper chair would be a chic little accent, in platinum, blush or lavender performance velvet.
The Joyce porcelain tiles by Ceramica Colli di Sassuolo with semi-circles and angular Art Deco-inspired shapes combine modernity with this era of elegance. The Tile Shop’s Corbusier mosaic is a testament to this architect’s aesthetic in gold, black and white, while his Modern Deco tile adorns a chain-link marble mosaic with elegant gold.
With so many options in so many styles, how can a decorator choose and combine them?
“I like all styles, so I get it,” says designer and HGTV host Emily Henderson. “At some point you are looking at what works for the architecture of your home, for your family, for your lifestyle. If you have a personal connection to a style, this is useful.
“I also think you can really mix all styles together as long as you have a consistent color palette.”
Griffin says this fall is “when design as we know it leaves the house of rules.” While it might not seem quite right to someone else, if you like it, it is perfect for you and has its place in your home. That’s what the style means now. The era of truly individualized interiors is upon us.