worlds colliding, in the best possible way.
— straight off the runway — are popping up in interior design in a
variety of ways this season. From furniture to wallpaper, room accents
and paint colors, look for a barrage of imagery straight from high
fashion to your home.
Black is Back
While black is a
mainstay in fashion from season to season, it’s a full on blackout
for fall 2012. Interior designers are taking notice. Black leather
furniture, rugs, tables, lamps and more are making a sophisticated
statement in home décor. Even black and white photography and
dark-hued paintings are lending a mysterious vibe to otherwise cozy
surroundings. Not ready for a full-on Matrix moment? Instead, add
black accent pieces to your current design theme, or choose a dark
plum, charcoal gray, chocolate brown, navy blue or other deep hue to
test your dark waters.
Call it hunting
shack chic or cabin cool — no matter how you shake it, interior
designers are bringing Tommy Hilfiger ads to life with a return to the
rustic. The trend is translating into home in a similar way to its
fashion translation; think traditional plaids, touches of wool and
shearling, chunky knits, leather, camel and brown hues, fair isle,
tweeds, fur, equestrian inspirations, fisherman pockets and more. Add
key trend touches with cable-knit and fur throws, and plaid and tweed
pillows. Or, go bold with nature-print furniture and rugs.
aristocratic trend, it’s a case of fashion imitating home. Hot off
the runways for fall: embroideries and textile patterns found more
often in interior design than fashion houses. Fashion lovers are
digging the look, and celebrating with nubby tweeds, crochet, brocade,
print mixing, tapestry patterns and velvet. The great news? Many of
these styles are already in your home, via window treatments, pillows,
rugs and throws. If not, these cozy yet fashionable accent pieces are
often found in discount stores like Marshall’s and T.J.Maxx, as well
as thrift shops — if you’re not adverse to a little digging!
In the Navy
Is it possible
to translate a trend like military into home design? Yes — and it’s
not only easy but oh-so posh. A little military can go a long way in
your home, so the addition of a simple color like Navy blue or Army
green via pillows, wall colors, a rug or a lamp shade, paired with a
piece of furniture that boasts grommets or buttons, can be all it
takes to add a hint of the call of duty. DIYers might even add
epaulets to a pillow for that added punch.
While black is
the clear color winner this season, the emergence of white as a fall
fashion trend is adding legs to the movement to squelch the stale
"after Labor Day" rule. For home, it’s a trend worth
trying. White is not an easy home interior color for a variety of
reasons: it shows every flaw, can often look surgical and may be too
stark for some. However, in the right space, nothing looks more
contemporary or luxe. To keep your white "user-friendly,"
try white accent furniture (which tends to take less of a beating than
your main pieces), wallpaper with a white print, regal white place
settings — or a variety of accent pieces, such as artwork, frames,
coasters, candles or trays.
old is new again ... again. Vintage pieces have seen a
resurgence in recent years, with 2012 being no exception. This
fall, the theme will be most prevalent in jewelry, with 1920s
inspirations and Art Deco flavor classing up even the simplest
will be no shortage of Roaring ’20s appeal in dresses this
season. Fall’s flirtiest frocks are taking center stage as
slip dresses, beading and opulent extras make over-doing the new
autumn in the air, it’s no surprise we are reaching for our
coziest clothing. Sweaters were huge on the fall 2012 runways in
sumptuous fabrics, and both cropped and oversize varieties
hitting high notes. My fave? The best of both worlds in a
chunky-knit, high-front/low-back hemline.
chandelier from Restoration Hardware marries fall fashion and
home décor in one amazing piece. The dark base and striking
glass make this objet d’art an ode to two fall trends in one:
regal luxe and statement black.