For keeping track of this fall’s decor trends, you might want your GPS handy.
We’re headed into the urban jungle, then off to the Great Continents. Designers also have set the Wayback Machine for the 1970s.
A look at what’s ahead:
Silk Road style
From Indian bazaars, African souks and Asian markets, we’re seeing a feast of colors, patterns and style elements.
Trisha Roe of Designing Impressions in Sturgis said she is noticing an increase in Indian and African designs and patterns.
“Those styles are very, very popular,” she said. “People are looking for something fresh and new, even in the commercial jobs I am doing.”
Roe, who is a certified home decorator and certified home stager, said patterns and textures are huge right now.
“People really want a lot of feelings in the colors and the textures and the patterns, and those mixed with earth tones are a great combination for fall,” she said.
Homegoods has floor poufs in vibrant cerise, lime and lemon hues in a riot of patterns. Watch for sequin embellishments, elephant and tiger motifs, homespun kalamkari prints, and metallic embroidery on cottons, silks and voiles from retailers like Urban Outfitters and World Market.
Pottery Barn goes Moroccan with mango wood carved wall medallions, and stitched leather poufs. (Poufs, those pillowy versions of the ottoman, are popping up all over this fall.)
Diane Alberts, owner of Freed’s Fine Furnishings in Rapid City, is seeing a lot of Chinese and Moroccan influence this fall, especially in fabrics and rugs.
“I’m also seeing those influences in things such as accent chests or chairs or maybe a really high paint in sort of a Chinoiserie look in the chest itself,” she said.
Alberts is also seeing Marrakech style of lighting fixtures and lamps in Moroccan colors designed in elegant simplicity.
Wisteria has African kuba cloth pillows featuring graphic patterns woven from raffia-palm fibers. And at Anthropologie, indigo-hued bedding, pillows and notebooks in Old World and Japanese Shibori-style prints.
Mumbai native Reeta Gyamlani uses intricately carved camel bone and resin to craft consoles and side tables for her Farrago label, also available through Bespoke Global.
Designers are using city streets as both literal and figurative inspiration this fall, with pieces that have urban edge.
French designer Philippe Nigro’s Tu table for Ligne Roset is a sleek wood slab anchored to the floor with industrial, leggy, steel clamps in white, ebony or red. Target has a steel-based accent table with a faux concrete top.
CB2’s fall collection includes a stoneware bowl etched with a tire tread pattern; Matthew Lew’s striking black and white prints of Chicago architectural details; and a Bingo Rug, with a black, white and yellow graphic resembling city lights at night. Ted Boerner’s Reverie media cabinet, crafted of blackened steel and textured glass door panels, evokes a warehouse facade.
Rare Device stocks Ferm Living’s cool map-of-Paris wallpaper. Brooklyn-based Haptic Labs embroiders quilts and throws with neighborhood maps of New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
Bespoke Global co-founder and lighting designer Gwen Carlton enfolds a light bulb with a silvery sculpted branch to create her Urban Forest pendant; she’ll make the fixture in a custom size and finish.
That ’70s show
Before visions of macrame plant hangers and foiled wallpaper start crowding your brain, remember that the late ’60s and early ’70s also saw a lot of terrific design.
Alberts said while the late ’60s and early ’70s gave us a hippie and psychedelic themes in decorating, the “Mad Men” TV show has been a big influence in the return of another cool style that was popular 46 years ago.
“The mid–’60s thing had a little more tailored kind of look, sort of a Scandinavian or Danish modern look,” she said.
Design Within Reach has reproduced several of Danish-born Verner Panton’s pieces, including the System 1-2-3 chair, a swivel-based, cantilevered ribbon of coolness, upholstered in orange or gray. There’s a tufted lounge version in chocolate leather. Panton’s Barboy is an ingenious ebony mobile cylinder of pivoting components.
It’s not all serious chic, though — ’70s style accessories are affordable fun. The Marimekko collection at Crate and Barrel is the era at its best, with clean bright colors and prints that pop. Look for retro Bargello flame stitching, paisley prints and granny squares on rugs, toss pillows and other soft furnishings at Target and Pier 1.
Alberts said six years ago, interior decorating would have been mostly browns and beiges and very stoic designs. Locally today, about 80 percent of decorating is still in the tans and browns, but with a lot more color in the accents of rugs, lamps or art.
“Now they will take same beige or a camel sofa, let’s say, but let’s put a kind of funky, flower power area rug with it, some funky pillows and maybe some kind of streamline Danish modern tables,” she said, adding that fun mirrors used as art are another popular accent.
Trend spotters are watching other directions, too: nail-head detailing, and hammered, tarnished metallic finishes, for example. And, after several seasons dominated by contemporary design, a Victorian look is mixing things up. There are traditional and reworked English prints, as well as trunks and suitcases with an antique, luggage-y vibe.