"Five for Fall" has a great ring to it, but we couldn't stop there. Below are five more trends worth mentioning.
A French Country Facelift: French Country has been the design darling of the last several years, and it shows no signs of waning in popularity. These days, though, the look is being updated with less busy prints and the introduction of the color black into the sun-drenched mix. According to Suzanne Gawroski of Calico Corners, "It's still cozy, but it's a little more sophisticated."
The Return of the "Rest" Room: Once a place to get your business done, the bathroom is increasingly becoming a homeowner's retreat. "People are looking for a warmer look, so they're going for more natural materials and finishes, like stone and weathered copper," says Cheryl Loudenslager, showroom manager at L.A. Hazard and Sons. They're also painting in soothing cream colors and investing in relaxing bathing accoutrements, like bubble massage tubs and rain showers.
Adventures in Color: Keep an eye out for pinks, raspberries, greens and yellows. "The colors are fresher and crisper than the more muddied reds and golds we have been seeing," says Joanne Stewart of Ethan Allen.
Rustic Good Looks: The heavy carving of European-influenced furnishings seems to be giving way to bolder, less delicate lines. "It's really heavy furniture that doesn't look too stylized but still has that rustic feel to it. It's a little more relaxed," says Maryan Celani of Smith and Schulte Furniture.
Urban Sophisticate Styling ... Even in the 'Burbs: This is defined by neutral and pale colors, ultrasuede fabric, clean lines, tuxedo-arm chairs and an absence of patterns. "I think the younger professionals tend to be the ones who gravitate toward this look," Gawronski says. "It's very sleek and simple."
- Nicole Peradotto