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Karen Gastle

It’s finally feeling like fall! As the leaves change colour and pumpkin spice lattes enter the scene, it’s time to start thinking about the season’s hottest design trends and how you can incorporate them into your client’s homes. From the corners of Pinterest to today’s most popular design magazines, this is the must-read list of fall’s top ten hot design trends.


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1. Dark Green Tones

The leaves may be red and orange, but inside, green is taking over! From rich green kitchen cupboards to simple accent table clothes, green is one trend you’ll be seeing in every home. Say goodbye to boring colours and invite royal tones of green into any space, big or small.

2. Velvet Everywhere

When done right, velvet can quickly become one of the most soothing and comforting trends of fall. Combined with neutral accent hues and natural textures, velvet has the chance to shine, becoming the most attention-grabbing piece in any room. Whether it’s a few throw pillows or a cozy reading chair, velvet fits perfectly into your fall spaces.

3. Blush Is Back

Say farewell to millennial pink and get ready for blush! Blush is back and bigger than ever as one of falls new and hot design trends. As the perfect colour for any accent piece, blush is both eye-catching and cozy. Maybe don’t paint an entire room blush, however, one or two accent pieces like a rug or a linen cupboard bring the perfect pop of colour. 

4. Quilts Galore

This one’s a no brainer—who doesn’t want to be cozier and warm in the fall? Quilts are the perfect finishing piece for any bedroom, bringing a timeless look to beds or a couch. Your clients will love this cozy twist on bedding, boosting your reputation and growing your design firm.

5. Unique Textiles

Fall means hot design trends can get a little wild, meaning your textiles need to keep up. No more boring throw pillows or ho-hum rugs: unique textiles with attention grabbing patterns are your new best friend. Kitchen linens, rugs, pillowcases, and napkins all have a chance to shine with this hot design trend.

6. Ceilings with Attitude

When was the last time you thought about ceilings? With fall’s new and hot design trends, it better be at the top of your to-do list. Just like an accent wall, ceilings can grab some attention too. Whether it’s textured wallpaper, wooden beams, or a bold paint colour, we’re giving you the heads up on ceilings this season.

7. Staying Outside, Longer

One of summer’s most popular design trends was bringing the living room outdoors: its only natural people want to enjoy these spaces longer. Outdoor living spaces need to make the transition into fall, meaning patio heaters, fire pits, and outdoor throw blankets are a must.

8. Matte Black

Matte black appliances are putting some attitude into the fall season. From blenders, light fixtures, refrigerators, and dishwashers, matte black adds something extra to an otherwise basic look. Don’t be afraid to join the dark side and get searching for the darkest appliances you can find.

9. Nailhead Detailing

A feature normally seen on upholstered pieces, nailhead detailing is now being used in totally different ways. From embellishments on plates, storage chests, and the edges of light fixtures, it’s this unique attention to detail that has clients saying, “yes!” to this chic fall trend.

10. Smarter Homes

Maybe it’s not a fall trend, but smart technology is officially taking over the design scene. With phones constantly glued to our hips, having the ability to organize our lives and manage our homes at the push of a button is convenient. This fall, introduce smart technology, like Bluetooth speakers or smart appliances, into client’s homes for a great response.


Don’t be left out in the cold this fall: stay organized and get ready to impress your clients with fall’s latest and greatest hot design trends.



Karen Gastle

As an account manager, Karen has experience working with design firms of all sizes to integrate DesignDocs to streamline business processes, increase administrative efficiencies, and deliver higher profits.
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