The verdict is in: Cozy fabrics, warm, earthy tones, and neutrals are taking over the fall design scene. At the start of 2020, many of us were forced to reconfigure our homes into multi-multi-functional spaces that could accommodate the needs of both working parents and home-schooled children. However, a year-and-a-half later, the novelty of ‘work from home’ has worn off as we’ve all had plenty of time to adjust to the new normal. As a result, the trends we’re seeing for fall 2021 reflect the more permanent changes we’ve made to our homes as a reaction to the pandemic.
The central theme?
Comfort, convenience and color. We’ve interviewed a few of the interior designers we work with to get a better understanding of what they predict for trends.
We tapped three interior designers to give us the scoop on the biggest fall trends, starting with paint color trends of 2021., Their answers did not disappoint! They all agreed it’s time to add a dash of mystery to our homes. This fall is all about romance and comfort Sarah Hollingsworth, of Sarah Hollingsworth Designs, said that above all, people want their homes to be warm and cozy. Lastly, Rachael Gendrolis of Penny and Pearl Designs and Jessica Klein, founder of Oh I Design went into depth about what trends they think will be seen and used this year!
Trend Setting for 2021
When it comes to specific trends that will be seen for this fall season, Sarah Hollingsworth points to the animal in us all.
“Animal prints are very in right now. They’ve been in for a few years now. I think the chunkier knit looking options will make an appearance,” Hollingsworth said.
With the weather growing a little cooler, clients will be drawn to more of a relaxed feel in their home – something sophisticated and chic but still cozy.
“I think we will see a lot of warmer colors and textures.” Jessica Klein said of the upcoming season.
Cabin fever is a real thing! If you’re going to be inside a lot this winter, you might as well pick a wall color you can live with. Cocoon yourself in deep, rich tones, practice mindfulness with new and optimistic neutrals, and reimagine what home really means to you. Industry experts predict that 2021 will be all about using color to reconnect to the places and themes that matter most.
“I’m seeing more olive greens, warm greys, and really dark greys.” Klein said.
Even though neutrals have always been a fan favorite, it’s possible that dark colors could be the new neutral from now on.
“I’m always a huge fan of greys, beige, and greige. I think that agreeable grey will stay popular for a while. Benjamin Moore – Revere Pewter is one of my favorites too. A client of mine actually got me hooked on it.” Hollingsworth noted.
But 2021 might be time for us to step outside our comfort zones with these fall paint color trends, our designer friends said. Whether you want to add an accent wall, are looking to update a guest bathroom, or need to overhaul your home office, there’s no better way to do it than by adding a fresh coat of paint. If you’ve been itching to make some changes to your interiors, then it’s time to let the experts tell you what looks best.
Dress Your Home for Fall
It’s time to put away the beach chairs, any nautical decorations and start to dress your home with pumpkin spice candles and wood bowls. This is the time of the year your friends and family are visiting your home either for football games or holiday gatherings.
So, how do you make your home inviting?
“Decorating for the fall/winter season is all about comfort. For me, it’s more about introducing new textures and layers versus adding color,” Rachael said. “I recently added a simple plaid stair runner to our main staircase which brought so much warmth into our home. I also love bringing in cozy blankets and throw pillows for the cooler seasons. Fur, sherpa, boucle, and velvet are some of my favorite textures that instantly add warmth and elevate a space.”
Let’s be honest, Rachael had us at plaid stair runner!
Upgrade your Carpets
No conversation about fall trends would be complete without hearing these interior designers’ thoughts on their favorite styles for carpet.
“I absolutely love plaid and stripes in everything so I am so happy to see them trending in carpets right now. I am a big fan of neutrals so I love the way simple patterns like stripes and plaids can make neutral carpeting feel interesting without being overwhelming,” Gendrolis said.
We are definitely seeing a lot of customers and interior designers selecting carpet styles that are plaid or warmer and darker in color. She’s right on the money!
Hollingsworth has a different idea to draw your eye to the carpet in the room.
“I am loving options where the rugs themselves are relatively neutral and the binding is the pop / focal. I think it’s one way that sets custom rugs apart from retail options,” Hollingsworth said.
Meanwhile, Klein said she will never tire of vintage rugs!
Nevertheless, for many, fall is the favorite season, built around cozy, homey interior designs.
“Fall is my favorite season because you can wear your new sweater, light a pumpkin candle, curl up on the couch with your favorite cozy blanket and bask in the comfort of it all. Fall decor is a direct reflection of that comfortable feeling and I love seeing it come to life in different trends.” Rachael said.
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