These timeless fall trends can help you create a new look for your home for the season ahead.
As interior design trends emerge to meet the demands we are making of our homes, fall decor ideas and design trends in 2023 are looking towards creating a cozy, warm home for friends and family to gather and relax together.
Here, designers have offered their insight into the top fall trends for 2023 so that you can create the ideal space when the time to start decorating for fall is upon us.
Fall trends 2023
It's true that not much changes when it comes to fall trends: we still all love the cozy, earthy colors that reflect nature, and the natural textures that are the perfect companion to these tones. However, there are always new fall trends to intrigue. These are our favorites.
1. Wall to ceiling color
Matching your ceiling color to your walls, especially if they are a warm, cozy shade, will enhance a room's coziness by creating the appearance of a lowered ceiling, which can be particularly important in fall when airy rooms can suddenly feel cold. .
Color drenching the room with fall colors, says Justyna Korczynska, senior designer at Crown Paints, can also be used to correct a room's proportions: 'With high ceilings you can put a darker color at the top to visually lower the height of the room.'
'Terracotta allows you to create a space offering a soft, warm light which captures the enveloping sensation of a sunset,' says Damien Langlois-Meurinne, interior designer and founder of Damien Langlois-Meurinne Studio Paris.
Haning long drapes to line the walls is a layering trick that boosts the feeling of warmth in a room, and is a key way interior designers add color and texture to a room in fall.
2. Heritage patterns
'Many fabric and wallpaper houses have been revisiting and recoloring their past collections for the whole of 2023, but it plays particularly well into the fall season, when we are all looking for warmer, bolder colors than the original work might have presented,' says Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief at Homes & Gardens.
'We are also seeing spaces that once might have been left plain being wallpapered or layered with curtains in these heritage motifs, bringing an authentic period feel and a wonderful sense of history to traditional homes in particular.'
Lucy Searle has written about interiors, property and gardens for over 30 years, starting within the interiors departments of women's magazines before switching to interiors-only titles in the mid-1990s. In 2018, Lucy took on the role of Global Editor in Chief for Realhomes.com, taking the site from a small magazine add-on to a global success. She was asked to repeat that success at Homes & Gardens, where she has also taken on the editorship of the magazine, which is the UK's oldest interiors magazine at 103 years old. Lucy is a serial renovator and also owns rental properties in the UK and Europe, so brings first-hand knowledge to the subjects she oversees.
3. The rebirth of carpet
‘While wooden floors have been center stage in many homes in the recent past, we have seen patterned carpets become popular again,’ says Jo Bailey, Editor, Homes & Gardens.
‘In particular, the patterns and colors that reflect nature are increasingly popular, but so too are those with bold patterns, with central motifs, as in the area rug above, and those with a hand-cut raised profile.'
Fall is all about warm hues and earthy tones, which is why it's unsurprising that nature-inspired carpets remain ever-present in rug trends. As for area rugs with central motifs, not only do they add visual interest but also add structure to your room's layout, creating a central focal point around which to position seating.
Jo Bailey is Deputy Editor of Homes & Gardens, overseeing all features for the print edition. Before joining Future PLC, she worked as an interior stylist for over ten years, specializing in commercial photo shoots for luxury clients such as; Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, Christopher Farr Cloth and Heal's. She has worked with Homes & Gardens for over a decade, having styled and produced editorial shoots and events over the years.
4. Abstract patterns
Abstract patterns are an elegant way to introduce fall into your decor while seamlessly incorporating vibrant and warm colors that create an eye-catching display.
'Curate a picture-perfect contemporary vignette by displaying a handful of sculptural ceramics against the backdrop of a striking wallcovering. Square blocks appear to have been spliced at right angles to another, resulting in a dazzling and fearless print,' says interiors expert and Homes & Gardens contributor Rory Robertson.
5. Warm toned colors
Looking for new room color ideas? Consider a fall color scheme that will stand the test of time. Warm colors and earthy tones are fall staples that stay on trend, but which ones are the go-tos in 2023?
Decorating with brown and terracotta decor aside, Jodie Fried, co-founder of Armadillo reminds us, ‘Deep ruby reds and earthy crimsons make a bold statement by enveloping the room with instant warmth and comfort. Tactile rugs in forest green hues are our new neutral. Visually calming and soothing to touch, mix and match with earthy finishes. Forgo trends and choose colors that resonate personally,' continues Jodie Fried.
‘If this trend isn't for you, we are also seeing something very different coming through – sage green,’ adds Kelly Collins, interior designer and head of creative at Swyft.
‘We have seen this color already this summer but it will carry on towards the end of this year and running into next. Pair this with darker greens and warmer/cozier textures to make a space feel cocooning. This color offers a sense of calm and tranquillity.’
5. Vintage finds
‘This year has been all about mid-century modern, you can’t open an interiors magazine or search for furniture without this trend being on show,’ says Kelly. ‘However, towards the end of this year, we are going to see this Retro style move on and evolve into a more '70s feel. Think bold earthy tones still with strong pops of bright colors. Bold patterns are also back which obviously lends itself to this particular era.’
Decorating with vintage pieces is a great way to evoke an autumnal mood, with darker woods and distressed finishes playing into the more rugged look fall is associated with. When it comes to starting to decorate for fall, adding reclaimed pieces brings warmth and character to the space instantly making any house feel homey.
6. Consider natural finishes
Natural finishes have seen a rise in the last year, especially with looks such as the Organic Modern trend. ‘Embrace and combine a variety of natural materials to create a refreshing and inspirational space. From tremendously tactile natural grasses to wonderful woven fabrics, seek creative inspiration from your scheme.’ Suzanne Duin, founder of Maison Maison.
‘Rich walnuts and soothing oaks are a wonderful way of bringing a touch of the outside and creating a warming, cozy feel in a kitchen that is perfect for the fall months,’ explains Bo Hellberg, CMO at String Furniture. ‘Earthy tones are perfect for enriching a space and bringing in a calming feel to a home.’
‘We are inspired by interior design, architecture, and on occasion even landscape design,’ continues Niki Wright, co-founder of lights&lamps. ‘A creative use of materials and form: perforated brickwork or satisfying topiary shapes. Lighting effects and colors found in architecture and nature: from buildings and materials we see in our favorite cities, stone colors, natural contrasts, and everyday shadows and shapes.’
One of the biggest fall trends is the desire to make a house look cozy which means looking to fall bedding trends. Cozy room ideas have become a necessity in many people's homes as the weather cools down and we look to relax with friends and family over the winter period.
‘This relaxing and restorative look is all about creating a calming home retreat where you can kick back and recharge. Combining organic materials, natural textures, and a soft neutral palette across beautifully crafted furniture and accessories, each space has been designed to channel a mood that’s laid-back and liveable,’ recommends the head of creative at Barker and Stonehouse, Claire Hornby.
8. Bold color
If redecorating your home in fall colors is too much for you, consider adding pops of festive color or colors to make a living room look cozy into your home for a warming, welcoming effect. There are a few ways that you could add color to space to warm it up for an autumnal appeal – consider changing out your soft furnishings or artwork to pieces grounded in earthy tones, or think about adding plants for fall color to your home and garden ideas.
‘Applying a color accent with a window dressing is a great way to include this trend, as the color appears bolder as light shines through the window, drawing attention to the window, which is often one of the most important features in the room.’ suggests Sally Denyer at Shutterly Fabulous.
9. Fall florals
Swapping summer blooms for fall-inspired florals is an easy fall trend idea that can be used to spruce up any part of the house for the fall season.
'Keep it consistent,’ advises Audrey Scheck, from Audrey Scheck Design, an Austin, Texas-based interior designer. ‘Use the same stem in each vessel instead of mixing various branches together. This keeps the arrangement looking timeless and cohesive while allowing the eye to seamlessly flow to other elements in the space.
‘Dried stems are perfect for fall because they tend to have a more muted color palette which coordinates nicely with any seasonal decor. Try swapping your floral stems with dried eucalyptus for some greenery and texture.’
Decorating with dried flowers is one of the most prominent fall decorating trends to emerge in 2023, and closely followed behind it is the use of rustic and vintage vases to display them.
Use arranged stems on fall table decor ideas for the perfect autumnal tablescaping, or add a warming touch to your fall mantel ideas. ‘Choosing saturated florals in deep reds, greens, and oranges will instantly make your space feel like fall. Layer them alongside pumpkins and gourds to make it extra festive!’ Audrey continues.
What are the fall colors for 2023?
Some of the most popular colors for fall 2023 are deep or earthy shades such as greens in olive or mossy shades, warm-toned browns, tans and caramels, and warm neutrals such as beiges and off whites to soften the space.
Bolder shades such as berry tones are also trending for fall 2023, along with mustard yellows for a grounded scheme.
For those who enjoy decorating with darker tones, 2023 may be your year, since we are also seeing more designers using muted earth tones and dramatic tones such as black and blue, accented with warmer fall decorations.
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Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.
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