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2018 Fall Design Trends

Thursday, September 27th, 2018 at 12:26pm Engel & Völkers North Atlanta

Whether you are buying, selling, moving or just living in your dream home - something about fall turns our attention back to our living spaces. Maybe it’s the brilliant shades just beyond our windows, or the festive events filling our calendars, but no other time of year inspires such a desire to bring warm and cozy into our homes. We've pulled together our favorite 2018 design trends to give your house a beautiful and subtle fall feel. Check out the 2018 trends we’ve been loving, and how they can be adapted to bring the season’s splendor indoors.    


Mix up Your Palette

We’d be remiss if we didn’t start by exploring the colors of the moment. After all, the right hues can bring seasonal flair to nearly any element of interior décor. Pantone, arguably the authority on trending shades, has released its fall report, and we’ve got the rundown on incorporating this year’s picks into your existing aesthetic.   Full Fall 2018 Pantone List

 If you plan to stick to your neutrals, spice things up with warmer varieties, like Almond Buff or Meerkat. If jewel tones speak your language, or if you’re looking to throw an unexpected pop of color into a neutral range, consider Valiant Poppy or Ultra Violet. For those who want to incorporate more classic autumnal hues, Red Pear and Russet Orange are 2018’s take on nature’s flaming foliage.

But the shade we can’t get enough of is one of the wild cards: Quetzal Green. This decadent and exotic-feeling blue-green may at first seem more like it belongs to summer, but its deep undertones make it a gorgeous, if unexpected, complement to fall’s more typical colors.   



Showcase What You Love

Personalizing your design is experiencing a resurgence, and the gallery wall is a fun, yet sophisticated way to put more of you into your home. Fine art, collected items, found objects, eye-catching typography, your child’s artwork, family photos—you name it, it’s game for the gallery.


Framing and décor choices can make this trend cohesive with any style, and give you the opportunity to update the feel of it throughout the year. Once you have an established gallery wall, switching out a frame or décor item for something more overtly seasonal can be transformative. Think frames in fall colors and a bit of harvest-themed typography.






Add Warmth in the Kitchen

Given its more permanent structure, the kitchen can pose a problem when you’re trying to imbue the whole home with seasonal vibes. Thankfully, mixing metals is only gaining favor, and we think copper’s fiery glow screams fall. The rule of threes is a good one to consider when adding this metal to a stainless steel-filled kitchen. A decorative copper mug by the coffee bar, a set of copper storage jars near your prep area, and a pair of big copper skillets hanging from the pot rack—however it may differ in your space, choose a few separate areas and make your copper accents flow evenly throughout the layout.


Offer Something Novel to the Touch

Contemplate the concept of cozy. What comes to mind? A warm beverage, a good book, a crackling fireplace … fluffy blankets?

We can’t talk about design updates for fall without mentioning soft goods.

Throw pillows, blankets, table runners, curtains, rugs, and bedding can all make for relatively quick and inexpensive changes.


This year’s fall textile trends are trickling down from the runway.

Chunky knits are transitioning from sweaters to pillows and blankets, and as you know if you keep up with fashion’s whims —

or peruse the fall trends in clothing—plaid is back in a big way.    




Train Your Eye on Illumination

For most of us, lighting is primarily about function, but designers have been espousing its virtues of late.

Swapping out a fixture, incorporating dimmers, or adding movable and decorative illuminators can change the whole look and feel of a space.  


Candles are a classic favorite, and they definitely create a fall-like ambience.

If you have pets, children, or scent allergies, flameless candles (nowadays indistinguishable from real ones) could be the alternative you need.

If you’re interested in a different approach, string lights offer plenty of possibilities. Wind them through foliage atop a mantel or along the bottom of a shelf,

or artfully entangle them with other décor inside an empty decorative lantern.



And once you’ve finished inviting fashion and fall into your home, don’t forget to sit back, relax, and enjoy its refreshed radiance.

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