Fall Design Trends 2011

The contrasting use of black and white is seen throughout the fall fashion collections with designers including Chanel and Giorgio Armani using both in their suit designs. This stark and classic combination is perfect for the current trend of modern and contemporary interiors and can be achieved through room color and accessory combinations. One great way to obtain this look is by combining a black painted ceiling and a white Murano glass chandelier. Mixing light white walls with dark wood floors, or ebony wood chairs with white leather seats and backs, can also help achieve this contrasting look.Darker colors are taking over the forecast for fall fashion with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Betsey Johnson using dark and moody colors. An easy way to introduce deep, moody colors into the home is by using shades of brown, tan, gray, red, blue and green in wall colors and major furniture and display pieces. Using muted gold, chartreuse and pumpkin as color accents through room accessories can also help create a fall-like feel.New fall fashion is exploding with fabrics that are luxurious to the touch and have an appealing visual texture such as those seen on the Prada & Miu Miu and Marni runways. Velvet, jacquard and mohair fabrics can accomplish this luxury in the home. Also try incorporating shredded wool, lambs wool, and cashmere. Hairy, textured rugs are a nice way to include these lavish fabrics in easily updatable ways.Classic designs with a masculine touch are very prevalent in fashion, with designers including Kenneth Cole and Narciso Rodriguez sticking to simple and elegant lines. Using simple, straight lines add this classic feel to the living space. Try to incorporate tufted headboards, sofas, and chairs to achieve this look. Channel-backed sofas also create an elegant and classic feel. Coral Nafie

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