Dusty Rubbermaid bins overflowing with plastic pumpkins, fabric leaves, and straw from last year’s front porch attempt to scare trick-or-treaters will probably be emerging from your basement soon. And while we love a good gourd centerpiece as much as the next person, fall doesn’t come signed and sealed with a contract that states home décor must revolve around the orange and black combo. Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design spoke with Suzanne Haugland, interior designer and owner of the recently opened At Home and Co., to find out about other options along with this season's popular design trends—sans cobwebs and cornstalks.
Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design: People are starting to get tired with orange and black for fall. What are some of the new hot colors this season?
Suzanne Haugland: Gray is the new beige. It’s a great background color for things you know you’re going to keep for a while, like your upholstery. Keep it a neutral gray tone, and then pop it with colors like apple green, tangerine and cobalt blue.
MSP: So is tangerine the new substitute for Halloween orange?
SH: You know, orange is actually a great color if you have a neutral background color like gray. We just like to call it tangerine rather than orange, so it’s not quite so Halloween-y. You can find tangerine patterns in pillows, or tangerine flowers made from natural materials, that would be a really fun addition to a room.
MSP: Besides colors, what other trends should we be on the lookout for this fall?
SH: It’s been gone for a long time, but gold and brass are back in, and they’re mixed with silver all the time. You could do a gold tray on a table that has silver legs or decorate with a couple of vases, one gold and one silver. Even setting a table, you could use silver utensils and gold glasses.
MSP: What about chevron? It was the pattern of the summer, but will it be going strong this season?
SH: We have a blue and white chevron rug on the floor, and it gets more attention than anything. It just looks really fresh. Chevron-patterned lamps are really fun, too. Another popular pattern is ikat, which has a tribal-esque geometric feel to it. Even though it’s a trend you see in design magazines, for some reason people here think it’s a southwest look. Our area doesn’t grab onto that right away, but I think people need to stop compartmentalizing the look and embrace it because it’s a great fabric.
MSP: Obviously, it would cost a fortune to redecorate every season. What’s a small, affordable way to incorporate a few of these colors?
SH: Certainly with pillows. It’s a great way to get that extra punch. People come in and they’ll buy three, four pillows at a time to put on their sofa, and they have a whole new feel to the house. Also, right now you can buy a lot of wonderful, inexpensive rugs. It’s a great look for little money.
MSP: And what about the people ready for a bigger change this fall? What are the popular trends in furniture and upholstery?
SH: A fun look right now is men’s textiles for upholstery: the herringbone, the houndstooth, the pinstripe. On our floor we currently have a dark brown and cream pinstripe sofa, which is a nice, clean look. Also, plaid never goes away—especially here in the Midwest.
This Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., At Home and Co. is hosting an open house in honor of it’s grand opening. Stop by for refreshments and to see for yourself what to do with “tangerine.”