The Best Fall Decorating Trends of 2022, According to Interior Designers

At the end of August, an image plunged me into a euphoric trance. I was sitting in the desert reading a magazine, the elements turning my lips into raisins. As I swallowed dust and dreamed of wet grass, I turned the page to see it: a dimly lit living room anchored by an aubergine velvet sofa, shiny chocolate walls, and a fire. Autumn I thought. The image was the antidote to my current late summer state. I wanted to, as I always do at the end of the season and I’m looking for the latest fall decoration trends. I wanted to be in this room.

My desire makes sense, given that the turn of a season is when our senses crave change – of pace, color, taste and scenery. “Fall is all about transitions,” says Rachael Grochowski, Founder and Principal Architect of RGH A+D. It’s a time to lean into cooler temperatures – and one of the most satisfying ways is to do so in our homes. Think about textures, colors and items that help you feel grounded, adds Grochowski, who shared with me the latest fall decorating trends.

Considering I’m out of the desert but still in the heat (like most of us), I couldn’t be more excited to take a look at these top six fall decorating trends, predicted by the experts. in design. There’s never been a better time to freshen up and get comfortable.

Characteristic image of Hayley Pannekoecke’s Australian living room by Nicole Ramsay.

Image of Brian and Jessie De Lowe’s Kitchen by Michelle Nash

6 fall decorating trends that should be big in 2022

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting this wise wisdom from interior designer Bethany Adams of Interiors by Bethany Adams: Immerse yourself in fall decoration trends at your own pace. “Interior trends are like fashion trends: it’s a fun way to show you know what’s going on in the world,” says Adams. “If you’re lucky and the trend works for you, lean in. But if the trend is more at home on the ‘supermodel’ version of a house rather than your own abode, choose an accessory that’s not very expensive to partake in. Pillows and accessories are easy to swap out as trends come and go.

An entry in Farrow and Ball Rectory Red. Image reproduced with the kind permission of Farrow and Ball.

Fall decoration trend n°1: deep reds

Grochowski and Adams love rich organic reds for this season. Adams predicts that the full spectrum, from oxblood to magenta, will be large. These shads can color everything from walls to chunky throws to a funky decor accessory. Grochowski loves these deeper reds paired with earthy hues.

The call : The rich shades of deep red are inherently grounded and deepened. Anything washed in this color invites relaxation.

Image of Molly Madfis living room by Nicki Sebastian

Fall decoration trend #2: Curves

That softer, more feminine appeal we’ve seen in the design remains. It could actually get stronger this season, believes Jessica Mintz of Jessica Mintz Interiors. Think curved mirrors, soft edges, oval coffee tables, and more. “We see it in architecture with curved plaster staircases and furniture with rounded sofas,” adds Mintz.

The call : “In general, curved furniture and textures make a room feel more organic,” Mintz believes. “Things that seem organic are soothing. I think it’s a commentary on where we are in the world right now.

“Summer for me is very airy, full of adventures but less centered. Autumn is very much like a return to ourselves, our routines and the earth. We can design with colors and textures that reflect this.Rachel Grochowski

Fall decorating trend n°3: rope accessories

The rope is like a good pair of vintage Levi’s: sturdy, neutral and gets better with age. To that end, experts see more rope throughout the house this season, all in an artistic way. Grochowski says it shouldn’t be confused with macrame. Instead, a great look is literal raw rope used to hang artwork and photos.

The call : Modern, traditional, mid-century, all styles complement the weathered look of rope.

Image of Diana Ryu’s living room by Teal Thompson

Fall decorating trend n°4: low furniture

The zen aesthetic of a bed or low-floor coffee table has caught on in recent times. Mintz believes that this season we will hit new lows: the predictions for super low beds, benches, sofas and side tables are here.

The call : “People want their homes to feel like a sanctuary more than ever,” Mintz said. “The low cabinets have a literal grounding effect, which again creates a sense of calm.”

Image of Ashley Merrill’s living room by Teal Thompson

Autumn decoration trend n° 5: remarkable plants

Greenery is always a winner in decoration. But this fall Cristina Lehman from C Lehman Home says to go big in size and shape with your plants. “For fall, I love using large accent plants for an entryway or a kitchen island,” the designer explains. Consider placing a tall tree in a high-traffic room or a dripping devil’s ivy to anchor a breakfast nook. No more greenery? Lehman suggests opting for real or faux branches for another way to add organic appeal.

The call : Like paint, plants can be added, changed or exchanged within any budget.

Image of Camille’s living room by Michelle Nash

Fall decoration trend #6: Mixed textures

Think linen doesn’t go well with bouclé? This fall, the bridges are in their favour. The same goes for the marriage of almost any texture. “Mix linen with mohair or bouclé, even if the piece is monochromatic,” says Mintz, who predicts bouclé and mohair will be especially prominent this fall.

The call: According to Mintz, “mixing texture makes a room feel layered and multi-dimensional.”

Betty K. Park