Question: Can you believe we’re only four months away from 2018? I don’t know about you, but this year has flown for us at KKH, and it’s already time to talk about the fall season! After traveling all spring and summer to trade shows, to France, and along both coasts, we’ve been lucky enough to see interiors all over the world and the design trends that are big (or are going to be big) this fall. You’ll also find that many of our exciting new arrivals we’ve curated from our travels are inspired by these latest looks (mixed in with our favorite classic pieces). Of course, you always want to remember to shop for your home with your heart and buy the things you love, but as the weather shifts seasons, it can be fun and helpful to make a few changes to your home as well. Here’s what we’re loving for this 2017 fall and winter interior design season.
1. Mixed Greens Are Good For You
These bright greens breathe life and energy into this wild room. Most may prefer something slightly more subtle, but don’t doubt the power of green 💚
Remember a little while back when we wrote about this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House? Remember Ken Fulk’s crazy deluxe Madame’s Menagerie? Fulk is one of several lead designers obsessed with this earthy and energizing hue, so needless to say, the inspiration for fall color stories this year will be pure dramatic greens. Color trends usually start in fashion and then work their way into home decor over time. If you’ve been on IG or Pinterest lately, you know palm prints have been all over the place the last two years, and since then, everyone has been embracing green on the runway and in the home. And because it derives from nature, it’s a color that doesn’t tire easily and can be explored in several new and exciting ways. So expect to see lots of green this season, especially in statement pieces like sofas, artwork, or kitchen islands.
“Expect to see lots of green this season, especially in statement pieces like sofas, artwork, or kitchen islands.”
One tip for this season is to mix your greens. Try pairing deep green with a chartreuse, or go for a bluish green mixed with a citrus green. Coupling shades of green as can be a great way to add some spark to your room’s palette. But out of all the great greens we’ve seen rise in popularity—from Pantone’s Greenery to Fulk’s jungle-inspired dining room—we predict that emerald greens and near-black greens will be the winners this year. (In fact, we chose Benjamin Moore’s Regent Green as the color for our kitchen island and cabinets in our new Design Bar space!).
This fall it’s all about the green velvet sofa. This room is a great display of several trends we have on our list. Keep reading and see if you can spot them.
2. Velvet Is En Vogue
You’ve probably noticed that all of these green sofas we’ve been sharing have another similarity: velvet. What could feel more welcoming of the cold-weather seasons than this soothing and luxurious material? But don’t worry, buying velvet furniture is no longer just a seasonal purchase. Interior designers have been specifying velvet pieces year round, and you’re going to be seeing it more and more. Velvet is a great way to bring textural coziness and visual interest into your space. If you’re apprehensive about the material, try it first in your accents, like your bedding or drapery or pillows, but we think it looks its best on bold big pieces, like a statement sofa or chair. Need more tips on how to decorate with velvet? Get all of the interior design tips here.
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We’re gushing over everything in this room, from the green velvet sofa to the brass accents, modern leather chairs, fur pillows, and seriously styled shelves.
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3. Go With The Faux
With each year that passes, manufacturing technology and the availability of faux finishes has rapidly increased. The quantity, quality and reliability of alternative materials have exponentially improved, and often these alternatives are more affordable and environmentally-friendly than the originals. Faux wood ceiling beams can’t rot, and engineered quartz withstands heat and acidic foods much better than marble (We recently went with a gorgeous faux marble by Ceasarstone for the kitchen counter tops in our Design Bar space!) While we firmly stand behind handcrafted and authentic pieces (especially for those larger items) some items like removable wallpaper can be a great choice because they’re a fast and affordable way to give your home a seasonal update. We can also get behind the faux floral bandwagon if you simply just don’t have a green thumb!
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4. Add Class With Brass
Remember when copper was trendy and all over Pinterest? After exploring the markets this season, it was undeniable that the metal of choice this fall is a classic, patinaed brass. That said, metals overall were everywhere, from shiny brasses to rose golds and polished nickels. As you may know from our most popular blog post on The Kuotes, we highly encourage you to mix metals in your home to avoid the matchy-matchy look and bring something dynamic to the space.
5. No More Boring Bedding
That’s right. It’s time to strip off those plain white sheets and white duvet covers and try something more interesting. Adding big textural elements to the bed is huge this fall season. In place of duvets and comforters, we’re seeing layers of oversized fur throws. There’s also a return to the classic: quilts. They add a homemade, cozy atmosphere to the bedroom, and if the idea of patchwork scares you, it shouldn’t! You can find several designs that are sleek and modern looking. In addition to bedding, custom-sized, upholstered headboards are having a major moment.
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6. Furniture As Art
As designers ourselves, we understand all of the artistry that goes into furniture making. Even the simplest wooden, when well-crafted, is a true piece of art. But exploring the markets this season, we came across some astounding pieces that make as bold of a statement as a large art piece. Get creative with how you showcase your furniture, and don’t be afraid to put the sofa or credenza in the spotlight if the piece is truly something special!
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7. Angles Are Everything
An unexpected angle can allow you to see a space differently than you have before. Irregular shapes and interesting angles were highlights across the spring and summer markets, and we can expect to see this influence the look of fall interiors. How should you embrace this trend? Our pro tip is to juxtapose these angular pieces with organic elements and pieces inspired by nature for a dynamic composition of modern and traditional.
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8. Pink’s Not Just For Millennials
We all know the soft pale pink that has been haunting Instagram this past year. Your may love it or you may hate it, but its prevalence is undeniable, and a love for pinks will continue to expand into the fall season. Our recommendation for using pink? Play with the palette. Millennial pink can work for some spaces, but don’t be afraid to take this trendy hue a few shades lighter or darker. A just-barely pink tint was all over the markets (from furniture finishes to lampshades and fabrics), and we also noted some deep blush tones and wild hot pinks. Pro tip: for color trends, try them out in your accessories or seasonal items to live with before investing.