The verdict is in: comfy fabrics, warm earthy tones, vintage pieces and private spaces take over the fall design scene. At the start of 2020, many were forced to reconfigure our homes in multi-multifunctional spaces that can meet the needs of working parents and home-schooled children. However, the novelty of ‘working from home’ wore off and we all had a year and a half to adjust to the new normal (oh, what we would give for never using that phrase again). As a result, the trends we’re seeing for fall 2021 reflect more permanent changes we’ve made to our homes in response to the pandemic. The central theme? Comfort, convenience and color. Here, find seven trends that the designers say will be huge for the coming season (and two to avoid as 2022 approaches).
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“I think anything that has a more earthy, neutral tone is perfect for setting the stage for fall,” says designer Amanda Evans. Back in September 2020, Behr predicted that Muted Terracotta would be huge this year (and to say they were right would be a gross understatement). It looks like the terracotta trend has turned into an entire fall color palette, made up of warm, earthy tones that essentially personify the image of to snuggle up against the fire. “Stoneware is great for adding a warmer and more comfortable atmosphere to the home, but it’s also great all year round. An autumn orange or radiant amberglow also creates warmth and pairs well with other neutral tones like grays and sand, ”says Evan. And don’t even get us started on the cozy, cozy textures we see accompanying this look (see: number three).
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Between cottagecore and eclectic trends in modern design, this one should come as no surprise: vintage, bespoke and personalized housewares are all the rage for fall 2021. “I think the pandemic has prompted us to make our spaces not only more functional, but more personal ”, explains Brittany Farinas, designer of House of One. And she is right; in times of uncertainty and chaos, we like to find solace in the things we know. For some, that means pulling out their grandmother’s 1940s set of colorful glassware. For others, dusting off old picture frames, candlesticks, vases, or even furniture can bring a sense of security from the past. Plus, we’ve all picked up a hobby or two during the lockdown (bird watchers and rabies gardeners, we’re watching you), and we want our homes to reflect our unique interests after the pandemic. “Antique furniture mixed with more contemporary pieces and a little whimsy go a long way in preventing the look from becoming too referential,” adds designer Killy Scheer.
There’s one trend all designers seem to agree on (and we’re not crazy about it): super-soft fabrics and natural textures. “I see clients being drawn more to a relaxed atmosphere in their home, something sophisticated and chic but still comfortable,” says Brittany Peltz, designer and founder of SENA Lifestyle Studio. Likewise, designer and stylist Lauren Meichtry of Elsie Home says, “The emphasis is on texture and curl, Sherpa and other fur fabrics provide warmth without the need for color. This makes decorating super simple, as you can add it to your existing decor for a quick and comfortable change. Evans agrees and explains, “To get that ‘cozy home’ feeling, consider adding decorative pieces like woven ottomans or woolen blankets to your sofa to relax on cooler days. Plus, creating a special nook somewhere in your home can bring you a joy you never would have thought of! For example, making a window seat warmer and inviting with sweater pillows or a flannel throw can set the tone for fall and give you the perfect place to relax with a good book.
It’s no secret that the pandemic has created a seismic shift in the way we view our homes. Rooms that were previously ‘just for guests’ have been turned into homework stations, and linen closets have become secret hiding places for parents who need ‘just five minutes’ of peace (hold on everyone, you almost feel the freedom of September). Nevertheless, one thing is certain: the need for privacy and solitude has become paramount in our homes (but the need to ensure that our children do not set the house on fire is just as important). As a result, we are seeing a resurgence of mid-century modern room dividers that allow for the kind of “convenient privacy” that parents seek. “We see a push for some separation [while] keeping sight lines to adjacent rooms. One solution that we have integrated is that of decorative screens. We have also incorporated service counters to serve as a definition between the kitchen and the living space, ”says Eddie Maestri, Principal Architect at Maestri Studio.
First there was cottagecore, then there was cabin core and now can we introduce you: kitchencore. While the cottagecore aesthetic brings more of the ‘frolic in a meadow field’ vibe, cabincore maintains this English countryside theme with a more rustic feel. As a result, we’re seeing a cross between the two whimsical looks in our kitchens for fall. “The days of the white shaker kitchen could be in the rearview mirror, luckily. Kitchens are still the hub of the home, but now people are taking a less sterile approach … dark palettes, stained woods, countertop stone with depth and movement, and light fixtures and hardware do not. are not only more exciting, but they are also more durable and damage-free than their white counterparts, ”says Scheer. She also predicts that integrating our kitchen into the rest of the home through “natural materials — cabinetry with visible wood grain, interesting worktops, faucets that blend into countertops and other finishes, rather than distinctive elements (think black countertops, black tap) ”, will be enormous in 2022.
While bedrooms and bed linens should always be synonymous with the terms “cozy” and “cozy,” we’re finding that comfort levels are even higher for fall. Designers are looking to bring coziness layers throughout the bedroom this season, and it doesn’t stop with a wispy percale sheet set. “Think of linen, rattan, an authentic Moroccan shag with touches of warm colors brought by the accessories and throws. This trend can be light or dark, depending on the mood of the space and the home, ”says Peltz. When it comes to styling this look, try “layering curtains and blinds, if you have a patterned rug that’s a little too small, add a larger or neutral seagrass underneath for instant layering, and add architectural details, such as paneling. For more oomph, add wallpaper over a chair rail, ”says Scheer.
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Last but not least, it’s the trend that ties everything together: bringing the outdoors in. the inside-outside connection is here to stay, ”says Scheer. However, the term doesn’t quite mean that you have to turn your house into a greenhouse. “Bringing in nature doesn’t have to be so literal (read: getting a million plants) – it can mean switching to natural fibers in furniture (rattan, cane, wicker, wood), fabrics (wool, linen , cotton) and maximize natural light, ”says Scheer.
Additionally, in addition to bringing in natural fibers, Farinas has seen an increase in chinoiseries incorporated into design, which is a European interpretation of Asian decorative arts and often includes floral motifs and nature-inspired scenes. You can see it most often in wallpaper panels and ceramics. That said, don’t get me wrong – we’re all in favor of adding houseplants as well. But this trend is more about bringing outdoor elements inside through furniture, textures and patterns inspired by nature.
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We hate to see this go away, but unfortunately the open floor plan proves to be less functional as the fall 2021 season approaches. “The open concept kitchen / living room concept is definitely out. With most of us having spent a lot more time at home over the past year and a half, we have realized that the open concept can be great for entertaining, but not so much for living … especially if you have young people. children, ”says Maestri.
While at one point the modern farm was a trend many of us were eager to jump on, we are totally behind what will take its place in 2021, being replaced by a softer, more traditional farm style. (and authentic) reminiscent of English cottages. Designers and architects are turning to local materials like limestone with heavy mortar, salvaged beams and posts, thatched or slate roofs, Dutch doors and stucco mixed in for good measure… those same materials are also used indoors, adding natural warmth and texture. Soft plasters are applied to the walls, wooden beams (some natural, some painted) are installed over the head, and the floors are available in a range of finishes and thicknesses, ”says Scheer.
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