Six Home Decor Trends

Early fall is a great time of year to see new design trends in New York.  Two notable events that we recently attended were NY Now (aka “the gift show”) at the Javitz Center, and What’s New, What’s Next at the New York Design Center.  Here are our trend takeaways for the upcoming season.

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Finishes: Brass is back
A change we have noticed lately is the shift from cool metallic finishes, such as brushed nickel, to warmer tones.  Last year, we started seeing a good amount of copper, which was a huge contrast to the trends from the past few years.  This year, we have seen more brass, particularly brushed brass.  We have also noticed more mixing of different metals.  Some of our favorites are cabinet hardware from Buster & Punch (above, right) and we love this tableware from Tina Frey (above, left).

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Paint Colors: Bold is new
While Renae loves to use light and airy colors, we have been seeing bold, rich paint colors in many places.  Sherwin-Williams paints just announced their color of the year for 2018: Oceanside (above, left).  If you don’t wish to commit to such dark colors on your walls, you can still integrate them into your design in smaller ways.  Renae designed the kitchen pictured above that features an island painted in Deep Space from Benjamin Moore.  Another option is to integrate color with accessories.  Blue Pheasant debuted a stunning line of tableware in matte navy blue at NY Now.  


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Fabrics and Patterns: Cozy is in
It’s time to cozy up for fall, so blankets are on trend!  We are seeing many lovely blankets and throws.  A few textile designers have taken this to the next level and incorporated blanket patterns into other textiles and upholsteries.   One of our favorite examples is the collaboration between Pendelton, a classic American blanket manufacturer, and Sunbrella, a leading manufacturer of weather-proof upholstery (above, left). 

As for blankets, we always love to see what Johanna Howard has to offer.  Baby alpacas are certainly the softest animal on the planet, and Johanna Howard has spun up some truly lovely new designs with their wool. Renae has used Johanna’s Reversible Throw in several clients’ apartments, but we are also fans of her graphic patterns, such as the Stockholm Throw (above, right).

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Wallcoverings: Fall for Faux
Wallpaper has been making a comeback, and why not with so many fantastic options?  Borrowing from traditional styles, many manufacturers are offering hand-printed and painted wallpapers.  The amazing faux concrete wallpaper from NLXL (above, right) is incredibly realistic.  They also offer faux wood, faux pressed tin and an array of bold graphic patterns. 

There are many beautiful metallic wallcoverings on the market now, including options from Phillip Jeffries and Donghia.  Renae chose to use the Mirage wallpaper from Robert Crowder in the powder room pictured above.  Another interesting and unique option is block-printed wallpaper from Farrow & Ball, or even hand-painted wallpaper from Gracie.

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Mixing styles and eras: Opt for quality
The traditional styles we are seeing in wallcoverings brings us to another trend we have noticed, and one that, considering Renae’s beginnings in the antique business, we are big fans of: mixing the old with the new.  Sometimes it is better to opt for quality collectibles from a bygone era than something newer that may not have the staying power that a classic piece can offer.  For example, there are many beautiful antique light fixtures available.  Renae has incorporated vintage Murano glass chandeliers and Baccarat crystal lighting in many of her projects.  Mixing these older items with more modern selections allows you to create a look that is uniquely yours!

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Lighting trends: The artisan touch
A trend that we have noticed in lighting is bespoke fixtures.  We have recently seen some beautiful designs from Apparatus Studio (above, left) and Alison Berger (above, right).  As with hardware, we have been seeing mixed metal finishes.





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