The Washington Post filled us in last week on what design trends were already rolling out for fall—and I love them all! Not that it’s too practical to re-do my home design every time a new trend is declared, but those listed by the Post are right up my alley, so I’d predict they’ll bring design satisfaction long after fall has come and gone.
Since we already know lighting plays a key role in any design scheme (you do know this, right?) let’s look at a few ways to incorporate the trends into your home this fall.
Trend: Mad Men Effect
We already scoped out some of the mid-century lighting and designs from Mad Men’s set design, but how else do you bring a bit of that suave, retro look into your home? You can always count on lighting by Jonathan Adler or Laurie Smith for Quoizel to provide a sophisticated throw-back feel that makes your home feel Mad Men-chic.
Trend: Artisan Wares
The Post attributes shopper’s thirst for one-of-a-kind designs to this trend, and lighting is no stranger to handcrafted work. Lines like Oggetti Lighting, Arturo Alvarez and Dform Lighting offer handmade pieces in which no two are alike and each is its own work of art. Artisan lighting is ideal for adding color or accenting the clean aesthetics of modern design.
A patterned lamp shade or piece of furniture can add a much-needed pop of color or personality to a space. The fresh collection from Lights Up! includes many lively printed shades in a range of colors. The beloved collection from Missoni Home is famous for its vibrant, rich patterns in rugs, throw pillows and textiles.
Shown above: Deco Pendant by Lights Up!, Flight Floor Lamp by Lights Up!, Brentwood Side Patterned Mini Square Pendant by Stonegate Designs, HUMBERT Cushion by Missoni Home, Mademoiselle Chair Missoni by Kartell
Reflective surfaces are a great way to create a sense of depth and light, notes the Post article. Not to mention the glamour created by a shiny, sparkly piece being part of any design, whether it’s subtle or front and center.
Trend: Statement Pieces
Get familiar with the feeling of someone walking into your home and hearing them suck in their breath with wonder. A statement light fixture is both functional and wow-able, so it’s an easy way to bring that gasp-factor into your home’s design.
Trend: Shades of Gray
Now “gray areas” don’t have to be so off-putting (Ha!). This calming, sleek color can last through every season, but if this fall is a place to start, then so be it.