Today StyleBlueprint welcomes Beth McMillan of McMillan Interiors as our guest writer. We asked Beth to share her thoughts on this season’s latest home decor trends.
As a truly fashion-obsessed decorator and designer, I love watching the change of the season and enjoy the long anticipated fall/winter fashions that flood the stores and boutiques. The newly styled window displays become alive with a palette of fabulous new colors, textures, and design. I admit, I am like a kid in a candy store when that coveted September issue of Vogue arrives on the magazine stands. My mind races and my creative juices start flowing. Once I have that issue, I plan my evening around devouring every detail of it. As archaic as it is, I am still one of those magazine readers who enjoys the feel of the paper, turning the pages, and marking my favorite designs with a black sharpie. I rip out the best pages to reference, as I design interiors for my clients. Fashion really does hold the key essential elements in trends, color, fabrics, and texture. As you replenish and update your fall/winter wardrobe, you should do the same for your home. Your personal style is a powerful tool and should be used to express who you are and where you are headed. And just as your style shines through in your wardrobe, it can in your interior design choices, as well. My job as an interior decorator is to understand and apply the latest fashionable trends and bring them into the home in a chic and stylish way.
Here are this season’s essential fashions for the home:
- • Leather and hides
- • Leopard skin (Note: use in small doses)
- • Metallic and sparkle: mirrors, crystals, embellishments
- • Fur detail
- • Darker and deeper colors: charcoal, black, navy, oxblood, plum, persimmon, peacock blue, magenta and chocolate
- • Heavier textures: wool, cashmere, tweed, herringbone, velvet, mohair and heavy satin
LEATHER: A great way to add visual weight, warmth, and structure through upholstery, floor coverings and accessories. Leather and some suedes are durable and easy to care for. I love to mix hides on the floor or layer them on top of grass rugs or low pile rugs. There are many great faux leathers on the market now, if you need a less expensive option or a have project that requires cut yardage.