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for Your Living Space By Angela Sabarese


he transition into the fall season brings with it the desire for many homeowners to make corresponding changes to the fabrics and furnishings of their most valued living spaces. Interior design trends have changed substantially throughout the decades to match the continuous transformations in fashion, music and society in general.

According to Pat Schlossberg, an interior designer at Hampton House Furniture in Montclair, “interior design transforms with the seasons much like fashion trends.” People want their homes to match standards that are akin with style, comfort and practicality. In the fall, homeowners are more apt to purchase leather furniture. The desire for warmth and comfort from furniture becomes more important as the weather gets cooler, and leather is one of the materials to which homeowners turn for comfort. Valerie Ruddy of Decorating Den Interiors in Verona, states that, “furniture is not as big and bulky anymore. Clients are gravitating toward a more retro look.” Silver metallic finishes are waning as the return to gold finishes begins to resurge and become the popular choice to accent with other colors.

Pat Schlossberg, Hampton House Furniture

colors such as blue out of the crayon box, people prefer turquoise, just as they seem to prefer coral over red, as well as different shades of orange.” Schlossberg agrees that “brighter accessories such as rugs and draperies are complimenting the neutral wall colors.” According to Ruddy, homeowners are now using wallpaper to accent walls or even full rooms. “People may not cover all of their walls, but rather accent the walls behind bookcases or other accessories. A big trend now seems to be making a bold statement in the room through the use of a focal wall with fun patterns or the arrangement of bright accessories,” she says of the trend.

Valerie Ruddy, Decorating Den Interiors

Both Schlossberg and Ruddy see homeowner moving toward the use of bright colors with which to accessorize. What Ruddy notices is “a spin on primary colors. Instead of

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