Like fashion designers, many textile designers introduce new prints, patterns and textures for each season. These seasonal textiles also translate into floor coverings, floor finishes and trends in paint.
For their 2011 collections, several home furnishing brands have released unique products made from the latest textiles and cutting-edge materials. From floor to ceiling, here are some of the newest motifs for Fall.
Either a calming- neutral or bold-energizing pattern on an accent wall can help define a space while offering a nod toward the season's trends in graphic design concepts.
Natural, handmade grasscloth wallpaper with a subtle berry-colored print adds warmth to a room without making a big statement.
Source: York Wall Coverings (Mikado)
As a rule of thumb, Fall prints are not limited to just rich, deep tones. This vibrant wallpaper option incorporates the autumnal falling leaf motif with a vibrant twist by showcasing whimsical gingko tree leaves against a muted tangerine background.
Source: York Wall Coverings (Leone in Metallic Silver on Mustard)
If you aren't a wallpaper person, a number of new painting techniques reflect texture through faux finishing. As an example, create this distressed, three-dimensional effect using a layered, rag finish technique.
The natural, earthy texture is produced by applying a russet-toned glaze and enhanced by a sandpaper treatment to "rough up" the top layer.
Source: Karpos Inc
Speaking of paint, Sherwin Williams recently rolled out its latest color collection; Colormix 2012. The au courant
hues are artfully arranged in a graphic colorwheel, so anyone can "survey the landscape and discover core palettes inspired by Mother Earth."
Source: Sherwin Williams Colormix 2012
Curtains are a versatile way to spice up a room for the season. Neutral textile prints in taupes, browns and creams can survive a single season to carry over into the new year. Here are some autumnal curtain options just recently released on the market.
Source: Pottery Barn (Peacock Bhotah)
Source: Pottery Barn (Camilla)
Rugs and floors coverings from 2011 exhibit classic lines with lots of originality peppered in. Reds and browns are some of the hottest colors, but the graphic patterns are all over the map. Use rugs to add some seasonal pizazz to an otherwise homogeneous floor.
Source: CK Home (Banded Lines)
Source: CK Home (Antwerp Russet)
Source: Bev Hisey
The flooring designs of 2011 are characterized by new textures and -- surprisingly -- new, state-of-the-art materials.
Carpet tiles are redefined with hints from the orient though still firmly rooted in contemporary design.
Source: Flor (Easy Chair in Burnt Umber)
Even leather flooring is re-establishing itself as a trendy option with rich, durable leather planks instead of sticky tiles.
Source: Torly's Leather Plank Flooring
The season is also celebrated through new innovations in flooring manufactured from reclaimed wine barrels. It's the perfect material to compliment a wine cellar or add a touch of humor to a playful dining room.
A newcomer to flooring, Natural Lino Corkoleum or Guardo, offers a balance between natural cork flooring and resilient linoleum. It comes in a diverse range of textures and tones.
This season's textile prints are also showcased through various home accessories. Design accents, such as throw pillows, include patterns inspired by nature's fine lines (recognize the agate-like swirls?), vivid, contrasting graphics and the cozy textures of autumn.
Source: West Elm (Lagoon)
Source: Judy Ross
The overall design of this accent pillow is simple, but its attractive stitching and layering details set it apart from a generic throw pillow (notice the white felt between the two blue outer panels).
Source: West Elm (Felt Flange)
The fresh prints and and textiles of Fall 2011 do not disappoint. Remember textiles are about texture as much as they are about patterns so shop with your sense of touch as well as your eyes. There are enough unique design ideas and inspirational graphics to last well into next year!
By Emily Struzik