Nov 5 | Posted by Barry Cohen

The cooler weather means a shift from outdoor living to the indoors which can often stimulate our inner interior decorator and inspire a desire to freshen up our décor.  Every year the design industry unveils its latest trends whether it’s clothing, furniture, paint, appliances, lighting, fabrics or accessories.  While most of us do not intend to do a complete and total makeover every year, you can keep your space current by simply tweaking what you have and adding bits and pieces of the newest designer fashions.  

We’ve put together a list of home décor ideas predicted to be trending this Fall and into 2016.

  • Shades Of Grey –Grey is the new taupe, meaning the days of beige walls, furniture and carpeting are gone.  Shades ranging from the very palest fog to deep and dark battleship grey and all variances in between are trending for walls, window treatments, furniture, carpeting, linens and accessories.
  • Knit Fabrics – Knitted accessories are bold and prominent this year in particular chunky cable-knit footstools - called pouffes – that are essentially a big knitted ball of wool for your feet and can be found everywhere. Look for pouffes in dove, ash, rhino, smoke or steel grey to add a sense of fun and whimsy to your décor.
  • Luxurious Comfort – There’s a definite air of indulgence about this season’s throws, rugs, blankets and cushions featuring plush, irresistibly touchable fabrics like faux mink, sheepskin, silk and velvet.
  • Check It Out – Touches of traditional tartan will be making an appearance and not just in country home settings but in chic urban townhouses too.  For those bold enough there is a large variety of checked wallpaper, or you could play it safe by simply adding a few cushions or a throw to keep your décor hip.
  • Sleek & Scandi - Unpretentious Scandinavian furniture is timeless in its simplicity and it’s making a big comeback.  Teak dining tables and chairs with flat wood slab tops and plain unadorned square legs, coffee and end tables in simple basic designs, headboards and even floor lamps are wooden, plain and simple.
  • Roaring 20’s – As we edge closer to 2020 it is only fitting that the elegant and sophisticated styles of the 1920’s reappear as graceful additions to our home décor.  Look for metallic and mirrored surfaces and vintage drink cabinets with heaps of sparkle and shine.
  • Vintage Tiles – Chic walls and floors in entryways, kitchens and baths will be adorned with vintage reproduction tiles.  The selection is almost unlimited and ranges from simple subway tiles to ornate Edwardian reproductions - they make a distinctive statement in any metropolitan home.
  • Think Serenity – Whether your tastes lean toward oriental, Scandinavian or English, today’s hectic world leaves us with a sense of yearning for calm and serenity.  It doesn’t have to mean plain however, tranquil florals, soft checks or tone on tone decorating can evoke your inner peace.

As the weather outside gets colder and blustery and daylight becomes scarce, Canadians retreat to the indoors to spend time with family and friends.  It’s fun and easy to keep your home looking fresh and modern with just a few additions and maybe a can or two of paint.