Interior Design Trends for Fall 2018

As the weather changes and we find ourselves entering fall, design projects, renovations and redecorations gear up for this stylish season. From curved sofas to black accents in the kitchen to a rising global nomadic style, we take a look at the biggest trends in the interior design world for fall 2018. 


“Curved sofas solve many ‘age old design dilemmas.’ First, you never have to look at the flat ugly back of a sofa again. Second, conversation in the area is now oriented where everyone seated on the sofa can see each other instead of the side of each other’s heads! Third, the organic curve adds harmony and order to the room instead of just a flat-lined sofa. The Victorian era was the best illustration of curved sofas. During that time women couldn’t move easily in their dresses, so curved sofas added comfort to the living room conversations. We chose a curved sofa for this room since it is a room of social gathering with bar cabinets flanking each side of a wood-burning fireplace. The design of the room draws you into it… and makes you never want to leave!” — Emily Mackie, Inspired InteriorsCOURTSEY OF INSPIRED INTERIORS


“Often, people find it comforting to be surrounded by neutrals. Layering in texture, colors found in nature, simple shapes and metal finishes can elevate a standard neutral palette to create a more modern, neutral space.” — Tiffany Leblanc of LeBlanc Design, LLCCOURTESY OF LEBLANC DESIGN, LLC


“The owner of this 1906 Victorian wanted to highlight as much of the home’s original charm as possible. One of the ways we achieved this was by incorporating classic, timeless materials such as this Carrara marble coffee table by Holly Hunt. The marble surface was a perfect complement to the original fireplace, replete with original tile in soft pink and green tones — some of the client’s favorite colors. Marble also provides a refreshing visual balance to the warm wood tones in the custom bookshelves, the honeyed leather in the ottomans and the rich olive green velvet on the custom sofa.” — Jaclyn Christensen,  IDF StudioCHRISTOPHER STARK


“As we settle into fall in Chicago, we’re thinking of enveloping spaces. Deep jewel-toned color blocking unifies this bedroom vignette and gives a sense of warmth and comfort. The nearly monochromatic inky blue envelope is the perfect backdrop to highlight the bordeaux velvet coverlet, the richly hued art, the gilded mirror and the macassar cabinets.” —Tom Konopiots & Michael Stornello, Vincere, Ltd.SCOTT SHIGLEY


“The geometric pattern is always trendy as you can use it in either a modern or a classic way. It’s classic because it originates from ancient roman marble floors, so it’s perfect for any home surrounded by antiques and velvet curtains. It can be also very 20th century — because it reminds us the Art Deco 1920s skyscraper interiors, full of geometric marbles and brass sufaces. But it’s also modern if you leave it alone, as unique decoration, without any atrezzo around, maybe just with painted white walls and clean white stone floors —that’s it. It’s young, it’s fresh, it’s sophisticated, but always depending on the soul you want to add to your space.” —  Lorenzo CastilloCOURTESY OF LORENZO CASTILLO



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“Layered spaces, complete with a heavy dose of textiles and vintage or one-of-a-kind pieces are our calling card. And frankly, there’s no better way to achieve a Global Nomad-inspired sensibility in your own spaces! Start by looking around at what you already have, then hit local antique shops and estate sales to add interesting art and accessories to make your space sing.” —CLOTH & KINDRUSTIC WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY


“Black is classic and sophisticated, and allows for high-contrast, sculptural moments.” — Michelle Dirkse,  Michelle Dirkse Interior DesignHARIS KENJAR


“In the absence of color, it is always important to add plentiful texture and movement, even if you use various neutral tones throughout the space. This client, in particular, has a large living and dining space that we filled with layer upon layer of organic and patterned elements. From the pillows on the sofa, to the wall decor, to the details of the accent furniture, we are touching on ingredients that have always been our signature: natural textures, fluid shapes, and calm, clean colors.” —Lisa Sherry InterieursMICHAEL BLEVINS


“This client loves the outdoors and really wanted a comfortable living space that felt equally organic and refined. The walls are horse hair woven in shades of camel, olive green and tan surrounding a vintage inspired chair in a golden tan silk velvet and olive leather welt. The palette is completely derived from nature, bringing the outside in giving a presence to eclectic objects and artwork in the space.” — Ashli MizellCOURTESY OF ASHLI MIZELL


“We added some visual texture to the original charm of this 1880 Catskills farmhouse with a black and cream rug. The classic pattern, a bold counterpoint to the natural rustic wood, adds a modern, graphic element while creating separate areas behind the dining, entrance and living spaces.” — Stefania Skrabak, Art Home GardenNICK GLIMENAKIS


“Our take on a sophisticated TV hangout area for the younger members of the family. We wanted to reference the rich aesthetics of a London private club, with a strong dose of still prevalent fashion for all things midcentury. Visual interest comes from an extensive layering of patterns, accent colors and cultural references, in a mix of art and accessories, that feed into the current trend of maximalism.” —Hubert Zandberg InteriorsSIMON UPTON

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