Top Designers Pick 5 Trends That’ll Define Fall 2015

If you spend tons of time on Instagram and Pinterest looking through gorgeous photo after gorgeous photo of impeccable homes, it can be tempting to think that we live in a time where “trends” are a thing of the past. But if you look closely, you’ll see some common themes emerge in those photos (like the ubiquitous love for all things ikat). We decided to talk to a few of our favorite designers on what they think the next big trends will be in decor this season. Don’t be surprised if you start noticing these in your feed through the fall!


Trend #1: Stripes

Stripe Collage

Our picks: Custom Pierre Frey PillowsVintage French Kidney Shaped ChaiseReagan Hayes Ava Lounge Chair

While they’ve never quite gone out of style, this classic motif has shifted out of the spotlight in favor of chevrons, large-scale graphic prints, and florals. Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller of Kapito Muller think it’s time to bring it back: “Striped fabrics are one of our favorite trends for fall. We also love it for wall coverings!”


Trend #2: Statement Lighting

Lighting Collage

Our picks: Esque Studio Silver Drop Pendant Lights, Cliff Young, Ltd. Glo Golden & Silver Chandelier, Downtown LA Vintage Glass Chandelier

“Right now there seems to be some really amazing things happening in the world of lighting, from super modern fixturing to clean and simple pieces,” says Antonino Buzzetta. “I’m loving the giant metallic orbs that become translucent when lit.  And really, what easier way to accentuate a room than through its accessories? Besides, who doesn’t love mood lighting?”


Trend #3: Dressmaker Details

Dressmaker Details

Our picks: JJ Custom Mohair Camelback Sofa, Michael Berman Limited Lexington Linen Sofa, Duralee Tuscany Lounge Chair With Skirt

A well-tailored skirt isn’t just a chic wardrobe staple. On an upholstered piece, it’s a flourish that creates a refined look. This isn’t the only “dressmaker” detail to keep your eye on this fall. “All attention to detail — pleating, gimps, and fringe — are on our mind,” says Elle Clymer and Stephanie Woodmansee of Henry & Co. Design. (See their fabulous living room design that’s filled with detailed upholstered pieces, originally featured in Traditional Home, at the top of this story.)


Trend #4: “Traditional” Antiques

Antique Collage

Our picks: Vintage Vellum Suitcase, Antique Czech Crystal Lamp, Antique Paisley Print Fauteuil Armchair

Everything old is new again for fall. Lindsey Lane says it’s all about “traditional accents and your grandmother’s heirlooms — fine china, accessories passed down through the years, and beautifully worn-out floral fabrics.” She suggests reupholstering your favorite chair in a vintage fabric as an entry accent.


Trend #5: “Made In America”

Made in America collage

Our picks: Frederick Cooper Ceramic Table Lamp, Studio Tim Campbell Custom Occasional Table, Michael Berman Limited Whitley Round Table

This trend has become a movement, with more designers choosing to support local workshops and brands that manufacture products in America. Ashley Darryl is a big proponent of searching out unique craftspeople. “In every project of mine, I use one or more pieces that have been made by an artisan versus something mass-produced,” she says. “Whether it’s a piece of pottery, handwoven fabric for pillows, or an upholstered chair, these specially crafted designs always seem to make the room feel special. But best of all, I love supporting up-and-coming artists!”

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