What are the home decorating trends this fall season? We asked Anniston designer Scott Skinner for his take.

His main piece of advice: “Make it personal in style, but most of all enjoy the season. We need to take more time to relax and enjoy our families and friends, because we are never promised a tomorrow.”


Here are the trends Skinner has spotted, and his advice on how to bring them into your home:

1. Woodsy colors

Think browns, blacks, greens and blush. “That doesn’t mean repaint all of your gray walls, because they will still be around for a while,” Skinner said.

2. Jewel tones and brass accents

For accessories, think jewel tones such as emerald green and amethyst.

“Dark green is about to explode again,” Skinner said. “I always tell people that if you want to know what’s current, stroll through your local department stores. Clothes are generally ahead of the trend curve.”

Aged brass is also trendy again. “It’s not the polished gold but the brass style that will always be around,” he said.

When it comes to accessories, Skinner said people are beginning to choose quality over quantity. “Larger accessory pieces. Not so much clutter.”

3. Quilts and fur throws

“Cozy” is the word of the day. “In today’s time, we need something to wrap up into that will make us feel safe and warm,” Skinner said.

4. Natural tablescapes

Bring the outdoors in with different mosses and easy-care potted succulents. Cut greenery from the yard and place it around the house: magnolia leaves, hydrangeas, berries.

5. Painted pumpkins

White mini-pumpkins have their place, but for an easy fall decorating idea, paint pumpkins in solid accent colors to complement your decor. Stick mainly with classic colors, Skinner advised. “You can always throw in a few fun colors.”

6. Statement lighting

A new light fixture is an easy way to update a room. “Look for the right one, not just one that’s at the big-box stores,” Skinner said. “There are many original, unique fixtures out there in all fashions and price points.”

7. Paint the front door

Update the exterior of your house quickly and easily by changing the front door color to one that “pops.”

Also change out your porch pillows, and use galvanized steel buckets as planters instead of the same-old ceramic ones.

8. A no-tech retreat

“Another trend is tech-free sanctuaries that you can retreat to when you’re feeling overwhelmed by digital devices,” Skiller said. Create an outdoor courtyard — small-scale and manageable — that can be your personal “relaxing retreat.”

Lisa Davis is Features Editor of The Anniston Star. Contact her at 256-235-3555 or ldavis@annistonstar.com.

Features Editor Lisa Davis: 256-235-3555.