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5 ways to incorporate fall 2017's hottest decor trends into your home

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5 ways to incorporate fall 2017's hottest decor trends into your home

Image: Stacey Brandford / Styling: Ann Marie Favot

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5 ways to incorporate fall 2017's hottest decor trends into your home

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Warm up your home for fall with the season's hottest trends. We've asked a home decor expert to dish on the looks she's most excited about.

We know that changing your decor from season to season is not only expensive and wasteful, it’s just not practical. But making simple seasonal changes to your home can go a long way to making your home feel new again when a renovation or design overhaul just isn’t possible. In fact, keeping your home’s design on trend can sometimes mean simply playing around with what you’ve already got. So, what’s hot in design for Fall 2017? We checked in with Colleen McGill, principal and founder of Plum Furniture to find out what she’s excited about this season.

 

1. Jewel tones

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Image: Donna Griffith

“Jewel tones are a big trend for 2017,” says Colleen. “There is a focus on deep, rich, luxurious colours like purple, sapphire blue and most notably, deep, dark emerald green. Velvets in jewel tones bring out their rich, deep colour and add a luxurious feel.” As a designer, Colleen says she loves saturating a room in one deep colour (think blue or green) by upholstering the walls in a rich fabric or wallpaper, then colour matching the ceiling and trim. For a simple approach, consider adding just one velvet piece — like an armchair, curtains or a throw pillow — to warm up the space.

 

2. Black metal

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Image: Michael Graydon

A trend Colleen can’t get enough of is black metal in a matte or satin finish. "We are seeing it come back in clean lines making it look modern and simple,” says Colleen. When designing for her clients, she uses black metal in everything from door hardware to plumbing fixtures to tables bases. “It is a little more versatile than brass, which can vary quite a bit in terms of colour making it hard to match.”

 

3. Staircases as pieces of art

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Images: Janis Nicolay

If you’ve got a staircase in your home, you’re halfway towards achieving the look of this trend. “Staircases and staircase walls as pieces of art are starting to appear as design focal points for the home,” says Colleen. “Staircase railings are becoming works of art: whether in gorgeous, modern, simple brass, black steel sheet metal or gorgeous curved sculptural monolithic plaster. The staircase then becomes a sculptural work of art in the centre of the home.”

 

4. Ethereal interiors

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Image: Jason Hartog

If you’ve always loved the look of a soft and serene interior, it continues to remain on trend so why not give it a try now?  “I am seeing a continuing trend towards serene interiors with the focus on well-chosen materials and pieces of art and furniture,” says Colleen. “The combination of soft natural oak floors, black steel accents, white walls, soft gray and cream fabrics create a light, ethereal, serene environment that feels rich.” This effortlessly elegant look creates the perfect backdrop for gorgeous art and carefully curated pieces of furniture, she says. “We are finding that people want to create a home that is restorative and a respite from their busy lives. They want to choose well-made items once.”

 

5. Oversized sofas

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Image: Stacey Brandford / Styling: Ann Marie Favot

 

“I love embracing the way people are really living in their homes,” says Colleen, adding that formal entertaining has given way to informal gatherings and rooms with great style have taken precedent over traditional decor. “There is a shift to large, custom, sofas in either a curved or 'cranked’ shape that ooze style and are effortlessly hip.” They make a room look bigger, more inviting and give a room more style, she says. “The sofa needs to have gorgeous lines and either be circular, cranked or have an armless chaise.”

 

Colleen McGill's design dos and don'ts

Want to incorporate any of these trends into your home? Colleen offers up these dos and don’ts to help you get the look just right!

Do add velvet throw pillows in one or two rich jewel tones. 

Do be brave and add more than just one or two throw pillows!

Don't be afraid to mix brass and black metal in one room – they look terrific together and each adds warmth and gravitas to the other.

Don't overdo it. Just a hit of black metal is enough.

Do paint the walls a shade of off-white. Silky White PPU7-12 from BEHR® is a great off-white.

Don't be afraid to put a large sofa in a small room and wrap it around the whole room. Your room will look much bigger, cooler and so inviting!

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