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.
"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!"
Rattan and Cane Furnishings
"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."
"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!"
"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.
Traditional Style Cabinetry
"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."
Rich, Deep, Saturated Hues
"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."
"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."
"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!"
Earthy Scented Candles
"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."
Muddy Jewel Tones
"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.
"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."
Terra Cotta Tones
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."