15 Fall Trends Interior Designers Are Already Buying Into

Ahead of the curve.

Living room with rust-hued bolster pillow

  Jenna Peffley; DESIGN: Stefani Stein 

Fall is upon us. As we say goodbye to the sunshine-filled days of summer and hello to the cozy nights of autumn, we're swapping our lightweight linens for plush wool throws, stashing away our citrus-scented candles and adding ones with earthy notes of tobacco, cedar, and spiced florals, and leaning into seasonal-inspired hues (think terra cotta, mustard, and olive green).

To find out which trends the pros are backing, we tapped Bobby Berk, Brigette Romanek of Romanek Design Studio, Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors, and more to weigh in on the trends they're already buying into this fall. From textured fabrics to rattan and cane furnishings to rust-hued accessories, these are the interior designer-endorsed trends you need to know about this season.

Textured Fabrics

living room with textured fabrics
Douglas Friedman; DESIGN: Brigette Romanek

"Fall is all about fabrics; bouclé, fake furs, and other heavy linens," says Brigette Romanek of Romanek Design Studio. "While everyone is at home, they want to feel cozy, safe, and warm. These fall textures have stood the test of time and quite successfully walked that line between old-fashioned and stylish for many years," she adds. "It’s similar to the way animal print was once considered tacky, but now we know the right animal print can be so spectacular and classy. They’re truly timeless!"

CB2 Gwyneth Boucle Chair
CB2 Gwyneth Boucle Chair $899

Rattan and Cane Furnishings

Dining room with cane armchair
Jessica Alexander; DESIGN: Kerry Vasquez

"A trend that's been here for a while and showing no signs of going anywhere is rattan and cane," says Kerry Vasquez of Kerry Vasquez Design. "Personally I love this look. It's the perfect balance of casual and elegant," she explains. "And because this trend is actually a classic material, even though it's trending right now, it will always be in fashion."

Jeanneret Armchair
France & Son Jeanneret Armchair $1888 $498

Sculptural Form

Living room with sculptural furniture
Jessica Alexander; DESIGN: Kerry Vasquez

"Form is taking a front seat in furniture design right now," offers Kerry Vasquez of Kerry Vasquez Design. "Anything remotely chunky, sculptural, or curved is very en vogue — all those things together, even better!"

Selfoss Sconce
Aerin Selfoss Sconce $569

Textured Walls

bathroom with textured walls
 Madeline Tolle; DESIGN: Mandy Chang

"Textured —Roman Clay or limewash — walls offer depth and a feeling of the warmth you thought you could only feel in an old Parisian loft, and it is magical at all times of the day," recommends Mandy Cheng of Mandy Cheng Design.

Portola Paints Roman Clay in Patagonia
Portola Paints Roman Clay in Patagonia $Price Upon Request

Traditional Style Cabinetry

kitchen with traditional style cabinets
 Madeline Tolle; DESIGN: Mandy Chang

"Traditional style cabinetry may in part be coming back because people are stuck at home and desperately want to freshen their kitchen without gutting the space, which I think is a wonderful solution," says Mandy Cheng of Mandy Cheng Design. "A fresh coat of paint on your cabinets (and some new, fun hardware, if you have the budget), regardless of the style, will instantly make your kitchen feel on trend."

Amerock Bar Pull
Amerock Bar Pull $8

Rich, Deep, Saturated Hues

Living room with saturated hues
Ema Peter Photography; DESIGN: Gillian Segal

"I'm loving a break from neutrals, but these deeper tones can almost read as a neutral for the color adverse," explains Gillian Segal of Gillian Segal Design. "A great gateway color for people who are all about the neutrals is Preference Red by Farrow & Ball. Paint your walls, a piece of furniture, or even your kitchen cabinetry."

portola paint preference red shade
Farrow & Ball Preference Red $125

Rust Tones

Living room with rust-hued bolster pillow
 Jenna Peffley; DESIGN: Stefani Stein 

"Rust is a classic color that is perfect for fall," offers interior designer Stefani Stein. "I love it in a mohair velvet, textured linen drapery, or a chic, tonal print wall covering."

Anne Bolster Pillow in Rust Velvet
One King's Lane Anne Bolster Pillow in Rust Velvet $130

Plush Linens

Bedroom with warm cotton-blend throw
Amy Bartlam; DESIGN: Kate Lester

"When the seasons start to change, so does my bedding," confesses Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors. "I pull out the extra fluffy and comfy duvet covers and add a warm wool or cotton-blend throw to the foot of each bed. Not only does it add texture and dimension, but it’s super functional for guests and kids who want extra snuggles during the colder months!"

Woven Thin Moroccan Striped Cotton Throw
Kate Lester Home Woven Thin Moroccan Striped Cotton Throw $125

Earthy Scented Candles

Dining room with antler chandelier
Stacy Zarin Goldberg; DESIGN: Alison Giese

"To me, fall is all about the senses—bringing out your favorite scented candle, putting a thicker, cozier blanket at the foot of the bed, or in a basket near the sofa for easy cuddling," says Alison Giese of Alison Giese Interiors. "Bringing the outdoor color inside by buying or clipping branches with turning leaves."

Teakwood Ceramic Candle
Lightwell Co. Teakwood Ceramic Candle $32

Muddy Jewel Tones

Living room filled with textured accessories
 Stacy Zarin Goldberg; DESIGN: Alison Giese

"I really lean into the muddy jewel colors: eggplant, cocoa, mustard (you can see I also associate all good things with food!) but in doses with warm whites, putty, bone — those sort of softer, brownish whites keep it from feeling too heavy," offers Alison Giese of Alison Giese Interiors.

Merino Wool Throw
The Vintage Rug Shop Merino Wool Throw in Brown Plaid $165

Natural Elements

living room with cane cabinet
Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Bobby Berk

"As we are spending more and more time inside, it's important to bring some of the outside in," recommends Bobby Berk. "I love doing that through woven and natural materials: rattan, caning, bamboo, rough woods, etc. The layering of tones brings a much-needed warmth to any space." 

Bobby Berk Bauer Bar Cabinet
Bobby Berk for A.R.T. Furniture Dark Gray Bauer Bar Cabinet $1149

Terra Cotta Tones

living room with terra cotta tones
Sara Ligorria-Tramp; DESIGN: Brady Tolbert

"Fall typically means seeing the leaves turn that beautiful red and orange tone as we head into a new season, but I also love bringing it into my décor," says Brady Tolbert. "I typically lean very neutral and minimal in my color palette but I love to bring in the terra cotta and rust tones for fall to warm things up. Whether that is some art, a throw, a pillow or even a flatweave rug that you can roll out on top of your existing one like I did here, I love using the rich hues during fall." 

Arches Pillow in Rust by Sarah Sherman Samuel
Lulu and Georgia Arches Pillow in Rust by Sarah Sherman Samuel $128

Cozy Materials

cozy neutral living room
 Anne Blodgett; DESIGN: Molly Kidd of Light & Dwell

"I am a huge fan of rich color palettes: golds, rust, olive green, navy for the season," says Molly Kidd of Light & Dwell. "Cozier materials such as sherpa, velvet, leather, and cashmere are great to include in the home during the fall as well," she adds. "I always recommend bringing in natural elements from outside as arrangements. The outdoors set the tone for the season's color palette."

Wool Pillow Cover
West Elm Wool Pillow Cover $109

Fall-Scented Candles

bedroom with layers of texture
 Alyssa Rosenheck; DESIGN: Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors

"We often focus on a sense of sight and touch when it comes to interior design, but don't forget the sense of smell," advises Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors. "One of my favorite ways to get into the fall spirit is adding candles that smell like fall."

Cedar Stack
Boy Smells Cedar Stack $32

Velvet Furniture

velvet sitting chair
Zeke Ruelas; DESIGN: Anne Carr

"Going into the fall we are seeing the continued interest in bouclé," explains Anne Carr of Anne Carr Design. "It began last year but mainly only in off whites but now we are seeing bouclés in various shades. There has also been a resurgence in jewel tones especially in rich velvets and mohairs that add drama to any fall décor project."

Sierra Chair
Croft House Sierra Chair $1075

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