Living Room with New Neutrals from Home Depot

Fall is the time of the year to reeve up your redecorating schedule. Before you know it the holidays will be here bringing lots of opportunities to entertain. Nothing motives me more than the pressure that comes with hosting parties and family visits.

Before you start planning your decorating projects take time to discover what’s trending so your efforts and hard earned dollars will yield results that will stand the test of time.

Sarah Fishburne is the Director of Trend and Design for The Home Depot. It’s her job to stay on top of today’s leading home improvement trends and colors. I had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah for an insider look into the styles you should be incorporating into your fall decorating projects.

ppu10-12-whitened-sageColor is always the most important factor to consider before planning your project. “We’re seeing a resurgence of updated neutrals – think cooler colors, grey and taupe; livable palettes that work both inside and outside the home. Chalkier pastels like mint and pale aqua also fall into this category. One of my favorite colors is Behr Ultra’s whitened sage (PPU10-12).”

“Blues are not going away, but people are starting to use blue in new ways like navy blue on the exterior of the home or periwinkle on front doors. Green is also being reinvented in two ways; first is blue-based greens like jade and emeralds and second yellow-based greens which we will see a lot in outside spaces in 2017.” Says Fishburne.

In lighting trends, Sarah sees vintage industrial, farmhouse and nostalgic styles trending. Old styles are being reinvented as people select lighting that remind them of things they have seen on vacations or grandparents’ homes, etc. A cleaner look without too much fuss is very fashionable. Mixing materials like wood with metal or matte gold with oil-rubbed bronze is becoming more and more prevalent.

Moonstone Silestone Countertops

As more consumers embrace contemporary and cleaner styles the looks are shifting to a softer, more approachable feel. The classic shapes are still the same, but the lines are unpretentious with a new spin on the decorative details. Simpler molding, recessed kitchen cabinets, even interior and exterior doors with modest details are gaining popularity.

One of the principal evolving categories is flooring. While natural wood and wood patterned tile continue to be popular, homeowners are experimenting with the color of wood and tiles to achieve more of the reclaimed, farmhouse feel with techniques like whitewashing and distressing. Shapes are also evolving. Elongated tiles or differentiating shapes and sizing are trending. Hexagons shapes are everywhere in both flooring and tiles.

Morning Fog Tiles from Home Depot

You will start to see less contrast in color between cabinets, countertops and backsplash areas. Instead the focus is on the shapes, textures and sheens – matte or shiny – to create a more tactile feel and interest. Decorators are using furniture, accessories and lighting to provide impact in kitchens.

Fresh color on the walls, new flooring, updated lighting and a simple kitchen refresher like a new backsplash can make a huge difference in the way your home embraces the upcoming holiday season. Being on trend assures the changes you make will keep you satisfied longer.