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by Merrill Witty

I enjoyed talking to lots of our local interior design specialists about their ideas for the fall season. Here’s what they said.

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he trend [in flooring] has been toward hard surfaces as opposed to carpeting. Manufacturers have been coming out with a lot of gray stains in their products: hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl tiles and ceramic tile. When they introduced their new products in the spring we saw a big onslaught of gray! - Bode Floors, Columbia and Ellicott City

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Flooring: Preverco Wirescraped Zebra

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big trend we are seeing is the explosion of the orchid inside the home—mainly for color but also for ease of care. Indoor gardening is mainly focused on tropical houseplants, like palms, hibiscus, oleander and gardenia. Gloxinia and cyclamen are easy to care for and give color for 4-6 weeks. If you are bringing these plants indoors from the outside patio put them near a south- or west-facing window or sliding glass door. - Watson’s Garden Center, Lutherville

his area has been pretty traditional, but we’re moving toward transitional styles now, with eclectic décor. Drum shades are big, chandeliers are big, but now with drum shades. Crystal is still big but with a transitional flair. Iron with crystal is big in bathrooms and in dining rooms. We’re now pairing two big pendants over a kitchen island rather than three small ones. Metals have warmer finishes—silvers now are a more “golden” silver. They are lightening and warming in caramel tones.

Orchids and tropicals add color and life to your home

- Dorman’s Lighting and Design, Lutherville

Three-light copper drum Shade Chandelier found at Dorman’s

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fter several years of a sea of merlot, wood tones are getting lighter and sheen is more satin than gloss. Casual is the buzzword for upholstery, with natural fibers and leathers gaining more popularity. Neutral upholstery is still popular, but brighter accent pillows and accessories add pop to a dull room. Bright orange, teal, navy and lime green are gaining in popularity.

- Gardiners Furniture & Mattress, Towson and four additional locations Neutral and natural bold prints

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n 2012 there are two major trends in home design going on. The first is color blocking…right off the fashion runways and on-trend in home décor. Paint choices are bold (we always recommend Benjamin Moore Aura paint). Drapery is great in blocks of color, too. Example: panels where the top or bottom quarter is in a complimentary fabric. The second big trend is gray! Gray is the new beige, and any color with a gray undertone is redhot…or should we say gray-hot! Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is a favorite greige (gray + beige) of ours.

- Budeke’s Paints and Decorating, Columbia and Timonium

Revere Pewter color as shown

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oordinating fabric for custom upholstered headboards, duvets and drapes is very big. Drapes are mounted higher than the top of the window with decorative hardware. Graphic patterned linens and embroidered silks are on-trend fabrics for everything, with fringe or fancy trims. And we’re doing lots of nailhead trim on upholstered pieces…with contrasting pillows. Velvets and ultrasuede are having a fall resurgence.

- Mill End Shops, Annapolis and Lutherville


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