introducing compelling patterns to your fall décor

he following was written by Kim Cook and appeared in The Philadelphia Tribune.

Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colours. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone.

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Wade Logan Jesse accent cabinet

“It’s like mid-century modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughs New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s soulful, shapely and voluptuous.”

Textures and Layers

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Dineen Architecture & Design | photo: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times

At Manhattan’s Kips Bay Show House in late spring, Joan Dineen combined luxe textural platinum, honey and mink tones with flashes of mineral hues. She played with scale, placing a hefty, cream-coloured sofa laden with pillows and faux fur next to an iceberg-shaped metallic coffee table and a delicate rattan bistro chair.

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Kirsten Kelli

Other designers, like Richard Mishaan and Kirsten Kelli, layered their rooms with a melange of pattern, texture, and colour.

Hammered metals, glossy lacquers, and polished glass shared space with plush wools and interesting woods, all punctuated by eye-catching wall art or coverings, and statement lighting.

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A Beautiful Mess by Claire Bingham

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, colour and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in — piles of books; patterned throws; curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

“Say hello to homes that are full of life,” says Claire Bingham about the look she explores in her new book “A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism”

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Au Thèâtre Ce Soir Wallpaper

Christian Lacroix’s Au Theatre Ce Soir wallpaper collection includes a dreamlike collage of fanciful creatures and flora, and another pattern features a digital rendering of decoupaged vintage Aztec prints.

Griffin notes that “the simpler silhouettes become, the more details become important.”

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Kevin Lichten and Joan Craig

“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” she says, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

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Beni Ourain Moroccan Berber rug via Pinterest

“Moroccan and Moroccan-inspired rugs are becoming part of the rug vernacular, inspiring sleeker versions in streamlined flat weaves and overdyed patchworks,” Griffin says.

Global to Glam

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The Nolan stool has complementary patterns that work together. Layering pattern, texture, and other design elements is part of a trend toward maximalist décor. | via All Modern

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle. But you’ll see lots of glamour, too. Facets, highly polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and Deco patterning bring sophistication into a space, especially when colour is used thoughtfully.

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Modern by Dwell Magazine

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living. Layla Faye’s ‘60s-era wallpaper and fabric prints are fresh and fun. Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blonde wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. IKEA’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood, and canvas.

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Morris & Co.: Pimpernel and Snakeshead Fabric DPS

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms. Pottery Barn’s got a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints, and Morris & Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns.

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Neal Beckstedt

Warm woods like walnut and oak are main players in virtually every furniture collection and are also being used as paneling. Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Neal Beckstedt clad his space at Kips Bay in oak veneer, bringing it to within about a foot of the ceiling. Then he applied a thick band of teal lacquer the rest of the way, to show-stopping effect.

Thrill Seeking

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Kips Bay Designer Show House 2017 MODRA Studio “Labyrinth” Embroidered Textile Bedroom Design Detail

“We’re experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles,” says Studio’s Tamalyn Shea of Modra Studio in La Jolla, California.

Artists there depicted South Pacific sea life, Amazonian plant formations, and wave patterns on Kenya’s Lake Turkana, printing them in mineral hues, atmospheric colours, and dusty tones on velvet and linen. It’s a wallcovering and textile collection balancing the organic with the avant-garde.

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Patrick Weder Design

Dramatic forms are being explored by furniture designers, too. At this spring’s Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, Brooklyn studio MFGR showed a pierced, blackened steel screen depicting the constellations over the equator, and an ebonized ash credenza with natural ash doors honed into a fractal pattern.

Patrick Weder showed a beefy, marble-topped table on a stack of steel and bronze triangles, while This Lexik had a brutalist woven cube made of strips of resin-wrapped cotton.

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2 by JM Szymanski in Blackened Steel with a Wax Finish

J.M. Szymanski forged blackened steel into playful side tables that had one balled foot, or a section of a leg missing. He’s made a coffee table with a heavy, ultra-clear glass top filled with fine iron powder; place magnetic objects on top, and the powder shifts about like a black desert in the wind. Theater for the living room.

Bold, Earthy Colour

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Amanda Nisbet Design

“Emerald is definitely the ‘it’ colour of the season,” says Griffin. “It’s a perfect anchor for the other jewel tones that are trending.”

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Sherwin-Williams: Colormix 2018, Affinity

Look for greens and blues, from moss to teal, peacock to ink. Also mustard, chartreuse, chrome yellow and cream, and fruity hues, like deep plum, cherry, and berry.

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via Amy Krane Color

Dark walls are returning, say designers — slate blue, navy, even brown. They’re being contrasted with jewel tones — rather than white or ivory — in trims and furnishings.

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Glidden 2018 Colour of the Year

And black is back. PPG, Olympic Paints and Glidden’s 2018 Colour of the Year choices were Black Flame, Black Magic, and Deep Onyx. The companies said the colours reflect classic modernism.

 

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