Fall is my favourite season: crisp, cool weather perfect for
long walks, trees embellished with red, orange, and yellow leaves
(the warm colours on the colour spectrum) and celebrating Thanksgiving
and Halloween before the winter season begins.
Fall offers us the opportunity to bring those beautiful warm
colours into our homes. We can capture the spirit of the season
with a few easy touches. Flower arrangements of chrysanthemums,
asters, and daisies -- burgundy, gold, burnt orange, scarlet
-- all the colours of the autumn palette. Table centrepieces
decorated with pumpkins, squash and fall leaves. A fall wreath
hung on your front door. Add a throw -- in luxurious chenille
or velvet -- and a couple of red cushions on your sofa, light
some cinnamon-scented candle, and your home will feel cosy and
welcoming. Perfect for entertaining family and friends -- a haven
from the increasingly cold nights.
What are the design trends that we're seeing for the fall?
Gray continues to be the "new beige" in wall colour.
This neutral tone doesn't have to be cold. Look for warm grays
infused with taupe, a perfect backdrop for brightly coloured
artwork and accessories.
Wallcoverings remain an important component of decorating
-- add some pizzazz to a room with one focal wall covered in
a beautiful damask wallpaper. This is becoming more and more
popular for bedrooms where wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop
to an upholstered or wood headboard. Powder bathrooms are an
excellent room to experiment with more exotic wallpapers. Patterns,
variegated textures and metallic sparkle are all available in
There is a movement towards furniture that's eco-friendly,
Canadian-made and natural -- solid, reliable and high quality
furniture that will last generations instead of ending up as
landfill. Reclaimed wood mixed with metal for a modern rustic
look as well as the juxtaposition of wood and glass in contemporary
décor. Instead of rushing out to replace sofas and chairs,
investigate reupholstering with new fabrics as a way to extend
the life of your furniture.
Natural textiles are gaining more favour among designers --
velvet, silk, linen, and even wool are available in beautiful
colours and designs. These fabrics continue to be popular for
tailored window treatments and upholstered furniture. These are
augmented by metallic embellishments that add glamour to room
décor, another trend that continues into next year.