Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Changing Colors of Home Decor

I don’t know about you, but there is always something with Fall that makes me feel like renewing and refreshing my home space. I realize this sounds completely awkward, given its Fall…leaves will be falling in most places, sunshine will be replaced with cloudy skies, and rain will be replaced with snow. Maybe it’s the whole back to school mentality – new, fresh school supplies (“bouquets of sharpened pencils”…quick! What movie is that from?) and new school clothes. It all just makes me take a new look at my home, my décor and my colors to see what I can possibly do to freshen things up a bit.

And the home décor designers and stores get this too – they know that with the season change, people want to change their homes. My mailbox has been flooded with updated catalogs with the latest in Fall patterns, colors, and designs. Just last week alone, in one day, I received catalogs from: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Crate & Barrel and CB2. In one day. That doesn’t even count the magazines I receive monthly: House Beautiful, Elle Décor, and even Real Simple, all get in on the Fall “I-must-renew-my-space” action! Plus, all of the fantastic ideas you can find online from some of my faves like Target.com, ProjectNursery.com, HGTV.com, and Etsy.com!

So, what’s the latest? We all see popular patterns and colors that seem to be everywhere. But what is “in” right now if you’re looking to make a little (or big) change to your nest? Here are just a few of the lovelies I found at some of my favorite décor sources!

Combining Traditional with Modern from Target

When it comes to fall colors, I always think of rich oranges, browns and reds. This simply lovely area rug from Threshold at Target combines so many fantastic elements. For one, color. I love that this blends a very traditional Fall-like burnt orange, with a much more modern (and the new neutral) platinum grey. Combine these colors with a more traditional, large scale damask pattern, and you have the perfect blend of traditional yet contemporary.

The Threshold Exploded Damask Area Rug from Target

A Twist on the Traditional Curtain from Crate & Barrel


Window treatments are one of my very favorite décor elements. They can add drama, they can be completely practical, or they can add visual appeal. This season, it seems like many panels are going for the dual visual appeal and practical approach. Gone are the heavy, velvety curtains (don’t worry – they are still out there!) which have been replaced with very natural fabrics (think linen) with patterns that remind you of world travels. 

The Skylar Curtain Panel from Crate & Barrel

A Different Approach to Children’s Spaces from Project Nursery

One of my favorite places to decorate in the home are children’s spaces. And, boy are we seeing a transition in the design of nurseries! Traditional pastels (pink for girls, blue for boys) have been replaced with bolder, richer, more modern designs – anything from bright and bold colors, to a more woodland design approach (can you say “what does the fox say?”) is taking over both nurseries for boys and girls!

Fox Nursery by scampbell on Project Nursery
Bold, Vibrant Paint Hues and Trends from HGTV

We can’t talk about seasonal décor changes without talking about one of the easiest décor elements to change: paint. A simple coat of paint can completely transform a space and give your home a completely different feel. While it’s laborious, it’s one of my very favorite changes to make. For Fall, the paint trends are much, much more than just your saffron, chocolate brown and merlot….we’re seeing goldenrod, radiant orchid and emerald green, which I love (and which all happen to work well with your more expected Fall colors!)

New Ways To Use Fall’s Trending Colors

Metallics, Naturals + Industrial Décor from Etsy.com

And, finally one of my very favorites for trending home décor…etsy.com! What I love about Etsy is there’s so much from all over the world. And, the décor trends on Etsy this year are following right with what we’re seeing with mainstream décor outlets. Metallics. Industrial materials. More utilitarian. Blended soft, natural materials like knitted items, with very organic and natural burlaps and more! I’ve put together a nice little treasury over on Etsy with some of my faves!

Throw Pillow Cover by TheHomeCentric on Etsy. 

Tell me: what do you think of this season’s trends? Would you incorporate any of these into your home décor? Are you planning any décor changes this Fall?

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