Andrew Terrat: Fall Home Trends—It’s all About warmth
September 17, 2015
The fall season is all about entertaining at home. A perfect entertaining space blends together inviting style and comfort. From warm wall color and furnishings, to rich materials—and a little sparkle—this season's trends emphasize a home that is always ready for a gathering. That being said, here are a few ideas on how to spruce up your home this fall to create spaces you'll never want to leave.
I love rich, bold colors such—think whiskey and wine —for an entertaining space. Shades like caramel, saddle, burgundy and merlot lend themselves extremely well to furnishings, especially in the fall and winter, but look great on a warm summer evening as well. I like to mix things up. Say dark wood with the whiskey colored leather and touches of warm brass give a room a more vintage and sophisticated look, reminiscent of something you'd see on Mad Men. While the wine colored pieces with lighter tones and walls painted Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter (one of my all time favorites) gives a space a more crisp and glamorous feel.
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I love to select furniture pieces that offer flexibility. Dining chairs that can be pulled into living rooms as your seating needs change are always a great idea, or a buffet or chest that can become an impromptu bar during a party—even a foyer console can be used for setting up a buffet— if you select the right piece. Personally, I enjoy a bar with some kind of storage and a wine rack, that way you can store your bar accessories when not entertaining. The pictured Mid- Century-inspired Tribeca is a perfect example of this style.
There are also so many different options for cocktail tables, but the key is making sure this essential item pulls together the whole room. I prefer a subtle modern glass or mirrored table that provides a large surface for snacks and drinks. The simple shapes contrast nicely with rich colors. With the expansive surface you have the ability to arrange the table in a configuration that suits your space, fully nested, partially overlapping, L shaped, the possibilities are endless!
Andrew Terrat, is an award-winning interior designer and partner of 3 Fish LLC, owners and operators of Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams stores in Boston, Natick and Burlington, Massachusetts