Fall is Around the Corner! by Bea Williamson
School has started and fall is around the corner! Fall is my favorite season; with the air becoming crisp and temperatures falling below triple digits. (For those in Texas, you know what I’m talking about!) The season brings warm colors, seasonal flavors and scents of spice.
This is the season for making changes to your wardrobe and home in preparation for the cooler weather.
Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Fall:
With a few tweaks you can easily go from summer to fall. Take your favorite dress, skirt or pant and mix, match and layer with a jacket, cardigan or long-sleeved top in colors of this fall.
This season’s color palette is a mixture of earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements found in nature.
Pantone Color Descriptions
Dried Herb – olive green
Marsala – winey red-brown
Biscay Bay – ocean blue-green
Reflecting Pond – cooling blue, soft navy
Desert Sage – greenish gray
Stormy Weather – blue gray
Oak Buff – mellow golden yellow
Cashmere Rose – soft, composed pink
Amethyst Orchid – vibrant, sensual orchid
Cadmium Orange – warm, muted orange
The Must Have Trends for Fall:
A wide spectrum of styles from Bohemian to the 60’s and 70’s inspiration are present.
Flared or wide leg trousers and jeans, turtleneck tops, long-line blazers and cardigans, the trench coat, bulky knit sweaters, cool hosiery and leggings in fresh colors and geometric patterns, fringed jewelry and accessories, 60’s/70’s retro earrings, Art Deco rings and maxi length skirts and dresses are must haves for fall. Patchwork leather and suede, fur (faux is great) trimmed collars, pockets and in-between, and structured handbags are also the trend for the season.
As for Beauty:
For fall olive green for nails or eyes and blues of all kinds for eyes with sheer white nails. Braids are returning with a bit more polished rather than loose look and hair accessories (clips, barrettes and headbands) are back. Pink and reds shift to orange tones and darker shades for lips.
For the Home:
Furniture is shifting from mid-century and modern styles to softer, cozier furniture. Old and new mixed together continues to be on trend. Colors from the fashion runways have inspired the season’s decor colors of olive, soft navy, hunter green, garnet, ruby, brick red, sapphire and cobalt blue. Gray is definitely the top neutral for walls. It is the perfect backdrop for all decor styles. Greige, not quite gray, but not quite beige is the perfect neutral background working well with warm and cool accent colors. Colorful accents can be easily swapped as your tastes change.
The top design trend is all about introducing touches of luxury by using warm metals of brass, gold and warm nickel. To avoid the look of the 90’s keep warm metals to a minimum as a statement, select metals with low shine for a more vintage look or choose deep copper tones as a bridge between brighter warm metals and dark heavier industrial metals.
If you like chevron but are ready for something different – try honeycomb or other geometric shapes. Layer small and large scale patterns within the room for interest or subtly introduce geometric shapes with a rug or mirror.