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The Biggest Home Trend for Fall

Southern Living logo Southern Living 12-09-2018 Katherine Owen
a living room filled with furniture and a fire place © Laurey W. Glenn

School supplies have taken over the end caps of aisles at Target, and my Facebook feed is nothing but videos of apple recipes—all of which means one thing. Fall is here, or at least peeking around the corner, despite the fact that it’s still 90 degrees-plus across the South and the technical start isn’t until later this month. (Don’t let Mama catch you in white kicks though.)

If the very theoretical change in seasons has you itching for a change indoors as well, there’s one big way you could refresh for fall—and be perfectly on-trend. Color is back, and it’s big. Un-clutch the pearls, your white farmhouse looks are safe for now too—one can add rich color in subtle ways. But big or small, color is creeping back in, and I say go big or go beige. (Read: go big, please.)

WATCH: See How Colorful Decorating Ideas Transformed This 100-Year-Old, 2,500-Square-Foot Craftsman


Expect to see color in everything from block print patterns on artisan textiles to lush, richly hued fabrics on sofas. (Like in Shaun Smith's New Orleans home, pictured at the top.) Terrazzo is having another moment in the sun, and is endlessly fun when done in unexpected color combinations. And, of course, a colorful kitchen will never get old. Take a cue from Houston, Texas designer Lindsey Herod:

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Dark blue cabinets and a little bit of grasscloth meets beams and brass details. Can you tell I love me some colored cabinets? ??????????? | #kitcheninspiration #paintedcabinets #grasscloth #designinspiration #kitchencabinets #oldmeetsnew

A post shared by Lindsey Herod Interiors (@lindseyherod) on Jun 7, 2018 at 6:15am PDT

And it’s not just all about bright, perky colors; black is bold, statement-making, and always a classic. Try it like Atlanta homebuilder Pam Sessions did, covering a powder room in Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore (SW 7069):

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Powder bath at the farm. The paneled walls are painted a custom adjusted Iron Ore @sherwinwilliams. The Synapse Pendant light is by @avrettstudio through @therhugheslifestyle The photograph is by @trine_sondergaard through @jacksonfineart The faucet is One by @kallistaplumbing through @relyonpdi. The washstand is R.W. Atlas by @wtrwrks #farmfriday #hedgewoodfarm #sauteenacoochee #bath #art

A post shared by pamsessions (@psessions) on Mar 9, 2018 at 4:16am PST

Now, we’re not ready to totally cast aside clean, bright-white kitchens and airy neutral-colored bedrooms. But some color here and there never hurt, and likely, will help. Expect to see some funky combinations this fall, and a general re-embracing of big, bold, statement-making color. Even if it’s just some new throw pillows, a quick coat of a paint, or an all-out rainbow explosion in the powder bath.

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