August 18, 2013

Fall forecast: partly eclectic, with a chance of personality

By KIM COOK The Associated Press

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Pottery Barn’s Agatha bedding set that comes in a blue or red colorway

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Tall Silva Giant lamp crafted from aluminum and walnut from Laguna Beach, Calif.-based Cerno

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Look for warm metallics, too.

"Yellow metals -- gold, brass and bronze -- are turning up everywhere, as posts on bookcases, shelves, cutlery, edging and details of china, decorative objects, picture frames, furniture legs and feet," says Griffin.

Lighting designer Tom Dixon has a collection of gleaming copper shades on iron bases, a cylindrical web of etched stainless steel, and a cool collection of angular gem-shaped fixtures done in sand casted nickel-plated aluminum. (www.tomdixon.net)

RUSTIC MODERN: Several retailers are combining rustic elements -- such as wood slabs, industrial metals and rougher textiles -- with chrome, plastics or luxe fabrics for a style tagged "rustic modern." These are versatile pieces that could sit well in a lot of living spaces.

You'll find pickled or washed grainy woods in furniture from Bernhardt and others, replacing some of the deeper ebony woods of past seasons. Crate and Barrel's Jeremiah rocker is a chalet-ready chair with a woodsy fabric cover. The Fonda rug incorporates slivers of rocky hues in a graphic floor covering.

West Elm's got a desk that's a mango wood slab on an iron base. There's a shaggy wool rug here too, that adds texture and dimension.

Pottery Barn has a collection of chunky, silvered-glass lamp bases with character, especially when paired with burlap lampshades. (www.potterybarn.com)

PATTERN AND COLOR: A wide range of neutrals are strong colors for fall. Think deeper hues of graphite, chocolate and slate balanced by lighter tones of ash and stone -- a mix of rock and woodland hues.

There's still a lot of punch in the palette, however. Citron and mustard work well with the neutrals. At the modern end of the spectrum, neons and deep pink provide counterpoint to muted naturals like vanilla and soft white. Saturated hues like oxblood, orange and ruby add heat and energy, and blues are big -- sapphire, teal and navy play well with deeper tones as well as the whites and creams.

Accent pieces like pillows and rugs are a good way to incorporate new color; look for examples in small furnishings, tabletop items, and towels and rugs at CB2, Target and other retailers.

Jacquard, ikat, paisley, tile and hand-block motifs are all over bedding and throw pillows, as well as rugs. Graphic modern patterns are also strong.

TRADITIONAL TWISTS: Carl Robinson designs matte black wall coverings accented with jet beading and gold designs; the luxe, art-deco vibe is echoed in other elements of fall 2013's decor, including quilted motifs and glass/brass combinations for upholstered accent pieces. (www.carlrobinson.co.uk)

At Bespoke Global, Antoine Shapira's Brazilian Crab cabinet incorporates brass, slate and palm in a console perched on elegant curved legs. It's a mix of bygone-era sensibility with modern glam. (www.bespokeglobal.com)

Crate and Barrel has some pieces for fall that turn traditional furniture on its ear. The Arietta slipper chair is done in a sapphire-blue velvet with gray legs. The brass-hued Melrose floor lamp turns a classic mid-century table lamp shape into something unexpected.

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A pair of antiqued mercury glass lamps, also from Pottery Barn

  


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