Looking Forward to Fall

Even though it’s barely March, now is the time that trends are developing for fall fashion and interior design.  According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, the color trends for fall are all about looking to the past and “the big picture theme is a Mosaic of Color and Style.” From simple black to soft pink and everything in between, the colors for fall interiors evoke quiet strength in a time when the economy is still reeling.

Design doesn’t always mean a literal interpretation of the colors, as you can see on the January 2011 cover of Interior Design Magazine where the palette embodies the tones of the year without using them outright.

When it comes to 2011 Fall Fashion, the hues for women are both bold and muted.  From a radiant purple Phlox on one end of the spectrum to a whisper of lavender on the other, the colors range from restrained to irreverent.

Diane von Furstenberg played with neutral tones and pops of color in her Pre-fall 2011 collection.

Interior designers won’t always follow the palette set out for home decor, but instead embrace fashion trends like in this living room that mixes bright shades with concentric shapes in an unconventional space.

The fall fashion palette for men is nearly identical to the one for women, but with a hint more depth…

In the Pre-Fall 2011 Runway Show, Bottega Veneta blended a deep shade of Burnt Sienna with a bit of Bamboo together with a Coffee Liqueur coat to create a look reminiscent of a crisp fall day.

Whether you’re shopping for a new look or buying accessories to update a master suite, you’ll likely see a lot of these shades in the products that are available, so keep them in mind as you decide which direction to take!

P.S. I don’t condone the use of all the leather footwear and bags featured in these looks, but they are representative of Fall 2011 and I believe similar looks can be achieved without using animal products.

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