Hottest Fall Trends in Home Decor

I’m always keeping my eyes open for the latest in home decor trends.  Understand that trends are not the same as fads.  Trends are more about the recognizing the direction design is headed, not jumping on the latest fad train.  Jumping on that train may be fun, but it’s not economically or stylistically wise.  Recognizing trends can help you feel more confident about new choices you are needing to make in your home.

via Garden Rooms blog “Rustic Glamour” is all the buzz.  This is a look that’s been going on for awhile, but it will continue strong.  It’s a design style that allows you to do some glamorous lighting, mirrors, and accessories while having more rustic elements that keep the look grounded and not too fussy.

Ceiling Wallpaper via Apartment Therapy

Ever heard about how the ceiling is the fifth wall of a room?  We’ve seen lots of painted ceilings, and that will definitely continue to be more commonplace.  But wallpapered ceilings are very on-trend.  This look sends the message that you are one confident homeowner who isn’t afraid to commit to a pattern on the ceiling.  It works best when the walls are NOT papered.

Pillows by Bassett Furniture

It’s all about “statement” pillows.  No more matchy-matchy pillows and sofa.  Pillows should add color and contrast, and statement pillows are all about making a bold statement about your style.  The great thing is:  pillows are relatively inexpensive and can be changed out whenever you tire of the motif.

petal pillow via Martha Stewart In addition, the hottest pillows are 3-D.  That is, textured, embroidered, petalled, protruding, or appliqued.

Carpet tiles is the way to go in textured flooring.  Flor brand tiles enable you to create area rugs of any size.  You can also mix colors and patterns to create your own original rug/artpiece. flor pop tartan

Room of Curiousities in Country Living In regards to accessories, curiousities are all the rage.  Basically, this means a seemingly random grouping of interesting items that tell a story.  Medical charts,  animal and plant specimens, and oddities that might prompt conversation are examples of this hot trend.

gold bathroom via newluxuryitems


Brushed Gold Faucet by Kohler I can hear the groans already.  Yes, it’s true.  Gold is back in bathrooms and fixtures.  It’s kind of a throwback to the 1980’s Dynasty glamour.  You can blame Kelly Werstler for this trend (click here to check out my article all about Kelly).  Honestly, it’s not as bad as it sounds.  It isn’t brass, it’s more of a brushed gold.  So don’t get excited that your outdated brass faucets are finally back “in.”  They’re not.

Phillippe Stark's love seat at the Hotel Meurice

Surrealistic furniture and accessories are also popular.  This trend was inspired in part by Phillipe Stark’s designs in the LeMeurice Hotel in Paris.  Stark is designer of the famous Louis Ghost Chair.  Click here to see the article I’ve written about the kiddie version of this. This trend is similar to the “curiousities” trend in that it’s about conversation pieces that prompt discussion.

This table is another example of surrealistic furniture.  You’ll be seeing lots of furniture legs that look like something else, namely animal feet.

birdtable via barton originals blogspot

StoneBrook Staging room with paisley pillow Paisley is everywhere in fabrics and accessories.  Look for it in pillows, bedding, and as a motif in home decor of all kinds.   Again, a throwback to the 1980’s.  The update here is in the colors, which are more vivid and contrasting than what you’ve seen in the past.

You know what they say:  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  That may be true, but things change just enough that updates are still required.  The good news is, that’s the fun part!


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10 years ago

The trend vs fad explanation really helps me, Kristie. Although some trends I still would hesitate to follow. They almost border on fads. The gold fixtures make me think of all the aged bronze currently being installed — already peaked, already on it’s way out (unless chosen appropriately for a period home). I like your “grounded and not too fussy” description. Really, fussy seems to have permanently gone out of style, unless you are royalty or a Rockefeller. For those of us who truly live in every room of the house with real-life things like children and pets — fussy… Read more »

10 years ago

Thank you for your comments, Andrea. I’m interested in what long-term direction you think that fixture finishes will go/are going (for example, in new high-end homes). What do you think?

10 years ago

Oooooh. Good question. Depends on style of home — but I think your pictured sleek brushed gold. They will go with trend because, unlike me, the purchaser of such a home will be replacing them in a five-yr frame anyway when they re-do the baths and kitchen with a more current trend. 🙂

10 years ago

I guess it goes to show you – nothing lasts forever! Unless you are living a period look in a period home, updates are going to be needed eventually. 🙂

10 years ago

And those are the moments I’m really glad I have your number.


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