Oversized florals, gem tones define fall décor

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published September 5, 2018

 The post-Labor Day period is a time to bring out throws and blankets.

The post-Labor Day period is a time to bring out throws and blankets.

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 Mums and pumpkins are classic fall porch decorations.

Mums and pumpkins are classic fall porch decorations.

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METRO DETROIT — As the dog days of summer signal the season’s last hurrah, design experts are preparing to usher in autumn with new and existing trends.

Corie Conroy, president of Bloomfield Hills-based First Impression Home Staging, said that one of the first things she does to prepare for fall is to bring out the blankets, throws and heavier bedding.

“Right now, I’m noticing that oversized floral is a big trend for walls, like wallpaper,” Conroy said. “It’s a really classy look when you have a velvet sofa or something and have the wallpaper be a focal point of your room as a statement wall.”

She said the oversized floral trend can also be replicated in the form of actual floral arrangements or as a pattern on pillows.

Gem tones, she added, are a big color trend for fall, especially in oversized floral décor. She said the gem tones help to bring in the holiday season and make a space a little bit classier than the summer.

“I think that navy is still going to be pretty big,” Conroy said of the existing trend of using navy as a neutral tone. “It’s also a great time to show all metallic accessories, such as candlesticks and vases, and change up furniture, like a cocktail table.”

She added that a darker color palette is coming into style, and that the 1980s are making a return with denim embellishments on furniture and pillows.

“Mums and pumpkins on your front porch are going to look great,” Conroy said. “Bold primary colors will look good in rugs or walls, and I think the bigger textures are going to be a really big trend for the fall.”

As the leaves turn and temperatures grow cooler, she said, summer pastels, spring and summer florals, and light bedding should be put away.

“I always change up my bedding in the fall and winter with more whimsical colors, and change it out to heavier crushed velvet or heavier materials and darker colors,” she said. “We’ll see a lot more bold, graphic patterns in wallpaper and pillows as the season goes on.”

The Pantone Color Institute, a consulting service that forecasts global color trends for brand identity and product development, recently released its Fall/Winter 2018 Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report.

The selected colors “express our need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity” as the fashion world transitions away from “cyclical trends” and instead focuses on “self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure,” according to Pantone.com.

The Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette includes red pear, valiant poppy, nebulas blue, ceylon yellow, martini olive, russet orange, ultra violet (the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year), crocus petal, limelight and quetzal green.

The “autumnal hues … evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight” to reveal a “modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colorful surprise,” according to Pantone.com.

The Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color Palette includes sargasso sea, tofu, almond buff, quiet gray and meerkat.

The five classic hues bolster the “need for structure and foundation in everyday fashion” and “serve as the critical building blocks for your wardrobe” as “consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations,” according to Pantone.com.

For more information, visit Pantone.com.