Rich, interesting hues, textiles and materials work in concert to welcome the season when we all move back indoors.
As Gary Friedman, CEO of Restoration Hardware, says, “We’re coming out of a very modern, minimalist moment in design into a period where people are responding to a mix of historic periods and classical references.”
Designers and retailers are offering furnishings inspired by late 19th- and early 20th-century Europe and America. You’ll find warm colours like plum, mustard, persimmon, teal and charcoal. The newest wood finishes are often hand-turned, hand-rubbed to a lustrous glow.
There are details such as tufts, nail heads and evidence of artisanal handiwork.
Linens are high weave, with patterns that reflect tapestry and embroidery.
And in tabletop, we’re seeing lots of painted ceramics, vintage industrial objets d’art and basketry.
New wall art includes reproduction antique merchant signage, folk art and bracketed shelves for collectibles.
This trend is all about feathering the autumnal nest with more traditional things, which evoke the past and spark conversation.
Boston-based Nikki Dalrymple’s Acquire design studio and store has a great industrial lamp made of shesham, glass and nickel that holds a vintage style Edison bulb. It hits the antiquarian chic trend square on, and would complement any of fall’s new decor.
The old days never looked as fresh and new.