DESIGN LINE: Fall Trends: From the Runway to Your Living Room
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Kelly Taylor has 15 plus years of experience in the field of interior design. She is the 2012 recipient of New England Home magazine’s “5 Under 40” award for excellence in design as well as Rhode Island Monthly magazine’s 2012 Gold Award for residential interior design. She practices residential and commercial interior design in Providence, Rhode Island. Find her on twitter at @ktidnet, visit her website at www.ktid.net or check her out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KellyTaylorInteriorDesign.
Royal and deep sea blues are trending, but rich navy blue is becoming the new black in fashion. The glamor of designer navies on the runway translate brilliantly into classic hues for the home. For the house, pair navy with white and black, or steer your blues to a more rich royal hue. If you crave some subtle accents, add contrast with polished nickel lighting, stools or accessories.
Metallic accents are hot in fashion this season—especially brass. I never expected to be saying that I like brass, but never say never. I just finished a home in which we used deep reds, chocolates, creams and antique brass, creating a rich, masculine palette. Satin brass is even showing up in modern design, such as my favorite new tables from Design Within Reach.
Ignore the Rules
What the New York Times Style Magazine calls “The Clash,” is a blatant mixture of prints, colors and textures that subscribe to no one’s rules but your own. For a long time, this over-the-top home design style has felt incredibly dated and fussy. But brace yourself. It’s coming back, only this time with a mixture that is curated and refined, not overstated and cluttered.
Bold, Graphic Patterns
Large, loud graphic patterns are showing up on runways for Fall. At home, bold graphics work wonders, especially when on the floor (with a rug) or when highlighting a special wall. If you want to work in the trend, but rugs and wall covering aren’t your thing, try a large-scale black and white graphic print on a couple of lounge chairs.
You can blame it on Don Draper if you like, but the truth is that menswear fabrics have been hot in women’s fashion for some time. This year, checks are all the rage on the runway, but in home fashion, this can translate into a variety of men’s suiting looks, right down to simple, solid wool crepe. At home, look for a twist on the standard suiting material whether it’s the scale of the pattern itself or the color used (like the large check in chartreuse by Romo Fabrics shown here).
Furry and Feathery
Furry bags and coats find their home design partners in rich, luxurious and down right delicious throws for the home. These fabrics came across my desk in the spring, but it’s the Fall that makes you want to curl up under a faux fur and read a book. Even Restoration Hardware is picking up on the trend with this selection of faux fur throws. Designer textile brands like Zinc include “blue fox,” “shadow wolf,” and “laughing owl.” One word: YUM.
The epitome of opulence, velvet speaks luxe and grandeur. Seen in rich, jewel tones on the ready-to-wear runways this fall, a touch of velvet at home can transform a simple, tufted headboard into a symbol of sumptuousness. Go for emeralds, royal purples and blues and rich ruby reds.
Rich, caramel-colored camel showed up in ready-to-wear lines like MaxMara and is the perfect statement for a neutral, modern interior. Refined, yet accessible, deep camel hues add some depth to a white interior and pair beautifully with chocolate browns and blacks.
Photo: Steve Henke
The Fall runways flowed with plump strawberry-red model lips, a hue which is accenting more interiors. Paired with grays, whites, chocolates and blacks, red is the perfect accentuating partner. The key to this trend for home is the same as on the runway: a little goes a long way.
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