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Curtain’s up: Fall decor takes the style stage

  • Neal Beckstedt’s space at the Kip’s Bay Show House in New York. Bold hues and warm textures set the stage for home décor that’s got drama, yet is very livable. Stephen Kent Johnson via AP

  • This undated photo provide by AllModern.com shows their Baltic birch Wade Logan Jesse accent cabinet which has a bold, black zigzag pattern that adds punch to this piece. Dramatic motifs and colors are trending this fall. (AllModern.com via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by MODRA Studio Textiles and Wallcoverings shows their Amazon pattern. "For the upcoming Fall, we're experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles," says Modra Studios' Tamalyn Shea. "Inspired by the season, we are softly illuminating substrates such as intricately carved tape, sculpted clay and interwoven arcs painted on wood. These patterns are composed of tendrils, arches, and facets, within a palette of dusty...Margaret Lindsley

  • This undated photo provide by AllModern.com shows their Nolan stool which has complementary patterns work together. Layering pattern, texture and other design elements is part of a trend toward maximalist décor. (AllModern.com via AP)

  • This undated photo provided by MODRA Studio Textiles and Wallcoverings shows their Amazon pattern on a pillow. "For the upcoming Fall, we're experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles," says Modra Studios' Tamalyn Shea. "Inspired by the season, we are softly illuminating substrates such as intricately carved tape, sculpted clay and interwoven arcs painted on wood. These patterns are composed of tendrils, arches, and facets, within a...Fernando Apodaca

  • This undated photo provided by MODRA Studio Textiles and Wallcoverings shows their Turkana pattern on curtains. "For the upcoming Fall, we're experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles," says Modra Studios' Tamalyn Shea. "Inspired by the season, we are softly illuminating substrates such as intricately carved tape, sculpted clay and interwoven arcs painted on wood. These patterns are composed of tendrils, arches, and facets, within a...Margaret Lindsley

  • This undated photo provided by MODRA Studio Textiles and Wallcoverings shows their Turkana pattern on curtains. "For the upcoming Fall, we're experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles," says Modra Studios' Tamalyn Shea. "Inspired by the season, we are softly illuminating substrates such as intricately carved tape, sculpted clay and interwoven arcs painted on wood. These patterns are composed of tendrils, arches, and facets, within a...Fernando Apodaca



Associated Press
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Theatrical silhouettes. Stirring colors. Compelling patterns. This fall, we’re seeing decor that confidently takes the spotlight, and the story’s got something for everyone.

“It’s like midcentury modern has met Sophia Loren,” laughed New York-based interior designer Elaine Griffin, describing some of the season’s hottest styles. “French and Italian Art Deco influences abound in decor that’s soulful, shapely and voluptuous.”

Textures and layers

At Manhattan’s Kip’s Bay Show House in late spring, Joan Dineen combined luxe textural platinum, honey and mink tones with flashes of mineral hues. She played with scale, placing a hefty, cream-colored sofa laden with pillows and faux fur next to an iceberg-shaped metallic coffee table and a delicate rattan bistro chair. (dineenarchitecture.com)

Other designers, like Richard Mishaan and Kirsten Kelli, layered their rooms with a melange of pattern, texture and color. (richardmishaan.com; kirstenkelli.com)

Hammered metals, glossy lacquers and polished glass shared space with plush wools and interesting woods, all punctuated by eye-catching wall art or coverings, and statement lighting.

The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture. In its more casual iteration, it exudes a boho vibe that’s welcoming and lived-in – piles of books; patterned throws; curated accessory collections and gallery walls.

“Say hello to homes that are full of life,” said Claire Bingham about the look she explores in her new book A Beautiful Mess: Celebrating the New Eclecticism.

Christian Lacroix’s Au Theatre Ce Soir wallpaper collection includes a dream-like collage of fanciful creatures and flora, and another pattern features a digital rendering of decoupaged vintage Aztec prints. (designersguild.com)

Griffin notes that “the simpler silhouettes become, the more details become important.”

“Look for dense textures like heavy velvets,” she said, “and modern elements like channel and square tufting. Extravagant combinations of materials and finishes within one piece, and an emphasis on the circle and curve.”

“Moroccan and Moroccan-inspired rugs are becoming part of the rug vernacular, inspiring sleeker versions in streamlined flat weaves and overdyed patchworks,” Griffin said. (elainegriffin.com )

Global to glam

Asian, African and Middle Eastern motifs remain popular, evoking the well-traveled lifestyle. But you’ll see lots of glamour, too. Facets, highly-polished metals, tropical motifs, faux fur, velvet and Deco patterning bring sophistication into a space, especially when color is used thoughtfully.

Modern Scandinavian and farmhouse styles still have sturdy legs, with their focus on comfort and easy living. Layla Faye’s ’60s-era wallpaper and fabric prints are fresh and fun. Target’s Modern by Dwell Magazine collection includes a round, blond-wood coffee table with white metal trim, and several mod rugs. IKEA’s new Veberod storage collection features pieces made of steel, plywood and canvas. (laylafaye.com ; target.com; ikea.com )

Traditionalists will be pleased to see the return of small florals as an alternative to contemporary oversize blooms. Pottery Barn’s got a dinnerware and glassware collection in vintage prints, and Morris & Co. has introduced updated versions of William Morris’ iconic patterns. (william-morris.co.uk )

Warm woods like walnut and oak are main players in virtually every furniture collection, and are also being used as paneling. Look for trims in warm metals, especially brass.

Neal Beckstedt clad his space at Kip’s Bay in oak veneer, bringing it to within about a foot of the ceiling. Then he applied a thick band of teal lacquer the rest of the way, to show-stopping effect. (nbeckstedtstudio.com )

Thrill-seeking

“We’re experimenting with dynamic motion, layering and sculptural elements to animate our textiles,” said Tamalyn Shea of Modra Studio in La Jolla, Calif.

Artists there depicted South Pacific sea life, Amazonian plant formations, and wave patterns on Kenya’s Lake Turkana, printing them in mineral hues, atmospheric colors, and dusty tones on velvet and linen. It’s a wallcovering and textile collection balancing the organic with the avant-garde. (modrastudio.com )

Dramatic forms are being explored by furniture designers, too. At this spring’s Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, Brooklyn studio MFGR showed a pierced, blackened steel screen depicting the constellations over the equator, and an ebonized ash credenza with natural ash doors honed into a fractal pattern. (mfgrdesigns.com )

Patrick Weder showed a beefy, marble-topped table on a stack of steel and bronze triangles, while This Lexik had a brutalist woven cube made of strips of resin-wrapped cotton. (patrickweder.com; thislexik.com )

J.M. Szymanski forged blackened steel into playful side tables that had one balled foot, or a section of a leg missing. He’s made a coffee table with a heavy, ultra-clear glass top filled with fine iron powder; place magnetic objects on top, and the powder shifts about like a black desert in the wind. Theater for the living room. (jmszymanski.com )