Fall is a time of change for nature and for ourselves. The leaves outside change color and the weather gets colder. Change is happening all around us this time of year, which is why fall is the perfect time for us to identify necessary changes and prepare for what is to come.
This is the time of year that we study our past successes and failures to inspire our future. Just as nature whisks away the designs of old in preparation for its new landscapes, we look at our own designs and prepare for what’s to come.
As the world around us changes, so do the designs we see throughout the season. We’ve assembled a list of the most anticipated design trends that you will undoubtedly see as you explore the new autumn landscapes both indoors and out this year.
Indoor Design Trends
If there’s one thing that fall gets right every year, it is color. It provides many of us with the most extravagant color displays known to the natural world. Fall is synonymous with color, which is why it plays such an important role in commercial landscape design.
“This fall the colors of the outside will be reflected on the designs and color palettes of the inside,” says Ambius designer Joanne Craft of Vancouver. “Right now, Emerald is a trend color in both its glittery and shiny forms; it’s a bright color that adds depth to many traditional fall displays.”
Metallic colors are also a hit this season. Colors such as Rose Gold, Copper, Gunmetal and Pewter are popping up in a variety of indoor designs. “The metallic color spectrum, especially Gunmetal, are grounding colors,” says Craft of her fall designs. “They offer a blank canvas for other colors to be blended if needed. I love the Gunmetal color for containers because they blend well with earth tones and allow plant color hues to stand out more.”
Additional fall colors to look out for:
- Plum shades
- White hues
Indoor plants and plant design:
A variety of familiar and not-so-familiar plants are creatively woven into fall designs. According to designer Judy Corridon of Washington D.C., Orchids are hugely popular this fall and offer myriad color options and flower patterns to accommodate nearly any design.
Another popular plant is the Codiaeum Variegatum, more commonly known as the ‘Croton plant’. This dramatic plant offers bold and bright autumn colors such as yellow, pink, red, orange, and green. Not many other plants bring with them the full range of fall colors the way the Croton plant does, making it a popular choice amongst interior designers this season.
The Croton plant is also a personal fall favorite of designer Joanne Craft, who uses it regularly to create festive fall table displays. Here are some simple instructions for building your own fall table displays:
Festive Fall Displays from the designer:
- Carve out a medium to large size pumpkin and clean it out
- Pop in a 6 to 8 inch grow pot
- Plant Croton into the pumpkin (also try with succulents and small pumpkins)
Other plants that are popular this season include:
Top design theme and inspirations:
The season’s most popular design is the Traditional Elegant design. Central to the concept is the design’s use of copper, orange hues, and earth tones, along with rustic farmhouse accents, glassware, and candles.
The design has seen a boost in popularity amongst residential and commercial property settings and will be among the most popular designs that you will see while you’re strolling through the autumn landscapes this season.
“Fall gives us designers a million opportunities to work color and props into our designs,” said Craft. “The Traditional Elegant design brings together many of the plants, colors, and prop concepts that are popular right now in the industry. The design creates a cohesive, traditional environment that stands out, and ties together shades with neutral earth tones such as warm copper and orange tones that I really love.”
Outdoor Design Trends
When it comes to exterior landscape designs, it’s all about the presentation. Your building’s exterior is the first area, making it important to make a good first impression that corresponds with your brand’s message.
Halloween is just around the corner, which means that anything spooky, haunted and pumpkin-filled is popular and timely. This is the time of year to find fun and entertaining designs that get you and your business into the holiday spirit. Entryways and areas with moderate to high amounts of foot traffic are great spaces to install your fun Halloween designs and get people talking about your property.
Popular Halloween design props to include among the classic Halloween ghouls and pumpkins are: painted pumpkins and decorative gourds, Harvest wreaths made of dried seasonal produce and foliage, purple, yellow, and orange mum barrels, and corn stalks.
The Halloween design trend has traditionally been a mainstay for small business and residential home designs, however, the spooky Halloween designs that we’re all familiar with have become increasingly popular in large commercial property designs for amusement parks, zoos, and movie theaters.
Halloween-themed events that are pushing the trend forward include
- Boo at the Zoo in the St. Louis Zoo
- Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure
- Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- Night of the Living Zoo at the National Zoo
The fall harvest brings to market a variety of produce that gives designers a plethora of materials to work with that simply are not available any other time of year.
The farmhouse design concept utilizes carefully selected farm furnishing and props along with fresh or artificial seasonal produce. The design contains a variety of pumpkins, squash, and gourds in various sizes, shapes, and colors coupled with hay bales, crates, and cornstalks. The design is accented with wooden wagon wheels, burlap-wrapped containers, broomsticks, glass jars and vases with flowers, and other natural themes.
Popular autumn design props also include:
- Red berries and pinecones
- Rustic barrels
- Fall leaves
- Wooden elements
Popular exterior plant options:
“The key to a great fall exterior is to make it ‘POP’ using the entire spectrum of fall colors, and to work with seasonal plants and produce,” says Ambius designer Stephanie Powell of Philadelphia, PA. She recommends using the wildly popular chrysanthemum grandiflorum, more commonly known as Mums, and the winter varieties of Pansies for your containers and planted beds this fall season. These plant species add rich colors to traditional autumn designs, and purple varieties can be a great addition to Halloween arrangements.
Weather is also a contributing factor when utilizing plants for exterior designs. The plant’s ability to hold up as cooler weather sets is key to keeping your design intact as the first frosts loom.
Mums and pansies both perform exceptionally well in cooler weather conditions.
- Pansies grow steadily in climates between 40 and 60 degrees and can survive cold snaps that dip into the single-digit temperature range.
- Mums, specifically the hardy garden variety, are a reliable plant option for nearly every fall and winter climate. Some mums can even withstand temperatures nearing zero degrees Fahrenheit.
Other popular fall plants include:
- Verbena Flowers
- Ornamental Kale and Cabbage
Do you love the Fall? Keep your plants happy and healthy all season with Indoor plant care tips for fall!