Trends may come and go, but there's nothing wrong with giving into the latest and greatest in home décor to see how it suits your style—even if just for a season. "There are ways to incorporate [trends] in a minimalistic way so you can easily swap them out if they go out of style or you decide to change your mind," explains Paige Davis, host of TLC's hit design show Trading Spaces. She suggests sprinkling in aspects of trending styles with accents pieces that are easily replaceable so you don't have to completely overhaul your space to try out a new look.
However, if you do want to take on a big project, prep is key, according to Davis. She swears by ScotchBlue painter's tape when she's repainting a space and says that cutting corners when it comes to renovations is never worth it in the long run. As someone who redesigns rooms in just two days time, she knows what she's talking about.
This fall, whether you're planning a gut renovation or just hoping to experiment with a new trend, you can expect retro looks to dominate your Pinterest board. "Retro is in. Period," Davis declares. That means indulging in funky textures, patterns, materials, and colors to create home décor that pays homage to the past. Head to the flea market or local vintage store to scavenge for pieces worthy of a second life and take note of the six fall décor trends Davis predicts will be everywhere this season.
1. Bright Colored Furniture
"I think now more than ever people have been stepping out of the box and straying away from traditional neutrals and purchasing bold statement pieces," Davis indicates. Forgo tans, whites, and browns, and instead experiment with loud ochre, soft pink, and deep blue hues. "Bright colored couches will serve as the center of attention to any room," she says.
2. Midcentury Modern
This is one trend that never seems to fade from the spotlight. "It's a classic and sleek look that gives the room a clean feel," according to Davis. She recommends sourcing midcentury modern pieces directly from vintage outlets to stay on budget and create an authentic look.
Davis insists that velvet will be "huge" this season. "Everyone, including myself, is dreaming over a large velvet chaise lounge chair in the center of their room," she says. It's a luxe, glamorous décor element that often spikes in interest as the weather shifts from warm to cold. If budget is top of mind, "Instead of splurging on a sofa, you can opt to incorporate velvet pillows and throw blankets to lay over your existing couch," Davis suggests.
4. Mixed Metals
This fall, you'll be sure to spot brushed and mixed metallics everywhere you go. Combine these materials with anything colored blush, and you'll be completely on-trend, according to Davis. She suggests mixing gold and pink or brass and rose to start.
No longer reserved for flannel shirts and pajama pants, plaid is making a décor comeback, Davis predicts. "It's timeless and screams fall, warm, and cozy." She suggests incorporating it in subtle ways throughout your home with an oversize throw blanket or even as art framed on the wall.
"Fringe, crochet, and knit are cozy elements that will be warming up rooms this season," says Davis. Think hanging wall clings, crochet pillows, and thick rugs. "If you're really brave and looking to save a few dollars, you can head over to your local craft store and create your own accent piece using fringe or cable knit," she suggests.