Designer Files: Fall fashion trends to brighten up your home

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Fall is the ultimate time of year for style: The most coveted fashion magazines hit the stands, fuller than ever with stunning new collections, and everything from palettes to silhouettes to textures shift toward a warmer, more layered look.

Fashion trends don’t just affect our wardrobes – the top tips for decor are also influenced by what’s hot on the runway; we see similar fabrics, patterns and colours introduced into furnishings and home accessories. I’m totally into this fall’s fashion trends and scouted out my fave decor pieces reflecting the key styles.

1. ‘60s Chic

From prints to palettes, the Sixties may be the most recognizable decade. This fall,  revive the retro with playful pieces like Missoni “Pete” towels, available at Provide Home in hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets. $29-$172.

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2. Cozy Knits

Chunky, soft and textured. The best knits offer a warm alternative to lightweight summer fabrics; traditional knit throws are a seasonal staple, but this fall think about bringing the trend into furnishing pieces. The Jumbo Shale Knit Pouf from CB2 is a playful option that can be used solo or stacked for fun seating. $199.

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3. Chinoiserie

Get global with the soft exotic imagery of Chinoiserie. This organic-meets-sophisticated print has been used for centuries to add a worldly glamour to decor, and is seeing a strong appeal for fall. While Chinoiserie has commonly been seen to embellish furnishings, I’m keen to try it as a wallcovering. One of the prettiest I’ve seen is a Designers Guild paper, “Taisho”, available at The Cross Decor & Design. Pricing available by request.Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 12.35.44 PM


4. Heavy Metal

The pretty mix of golds has been strong for this year, and will continue to reign heavy for fall. It’s everywhere for fashion, and I’m loving how decor is taking a functional approach to the trend with items like the three-piece metal trivet set from CB2. Save your tabletop in style (at a steal)! $22.95.

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5. Herringbone

Herringbone has always been a hot print for fall, but we’re seeing a fresh twist this year with a standout palette. The Cross Decor & Design offers the ultra-chic Assiro herringbone throw blanket in 16 stellar colours; whether you love the  pattern in the serenity of softer neutrals or the statement of the bold and bright, the Assiro has got you covered. $135-$205.

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6. Shibori

This traditional Japanese resist-dyeing technique is a chic take on the old school tie dye. The variety of dye patterns is nearly endless, and creates soft yet graphic prints on fabric. Traditionally in an indigo colourway, this fall we are seeing decor pieces influenced by the technique in bolder hues: The Reverb Rug at CB2 is a strikingly oversized black-on-white shout out to the trend.

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7. The Plaid Factor

Plaid is anything but a fad when it comes to fall fashion: Every year plaid is a huge pattern within the design houses, and this fall will not disappoint. Transitioning the trend into home decor couldn’t be easier than with textiles. I’m loving the shift away from traditional red or green plaids, looking at fabulous bright palettes with a bold appeal, like the Zuzunaga Squares collection from Provide Home. Try mixing and (un)matching the throws and pillows for a cool effect. Throw blanket pricing available upon request; cushion, $255.

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8. Emerald Effect

This year has seen more than just one ‘colour of the year’; from Radiant Orchid to Sapphire, saturated colours have been key. For fall, we are seeing the return of another gemstone, emerald. From beauty to runway to decor, it seems that everyone is going green. Art is a fast and fab way to try trends at home – an abstract piece allows the focus to remain on the colour, which makes it a perfect pick for this fall. Parliament Interiors offers a piece called “Kinetic”  – a striking mix of emerald and gold, with veins of grey to add dimension. 24” x 24”, $375.

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