Fall Trends 2013: Shiny & Dark

Trend #3 is up today. I hope you are enjoying the change-up this week from my regular posts.

Back in August my mailbox filled up with catalogs from every home furnishings store…and I started noticing a trend…dark walls with brass/gold accents.  Here’s an example from the current West Elm catalog…you can view the entire catalog here (I always find a lot of inspiration from their catalogs…almost as as good as a magazine!).

westelmcatalogBrass has been trendy for a few years now and it’s still going strong, and dark wall colors are definitely popular at the moment.  But it’s the juxtaposition of the dark walls with the shiny accents that stands out to me as a gorgeous new trend for fall.  When you pair shiny and dark together the contrast between the two really lets both elements shine.  I think this trend is perfect for the approaching Fall season.  Dark walls make a room feel cozy, especially at night.  And, the shiny accessories add warmth and a little romance to the space…perfect as we near the holiday season.

Maybe you already have dark walls, or you’re already planning on adding dark walls.  But, if you’re not (like me, a renter!) there are other ways to incorporate this trend into your home.  Here are a few of my ideas to spark your imagination:


It might even be as easy as just adding a brass vase with a bouquet of dark flowers or a glossy green houseplant in a brass flowerpot…

What do you think?  Do you like this pairing?  How do you feel about dark walls? I don’t have dark walls or anything brass…but this trend is definitely something I’d love to add some shiny & dark to my home this fall (I’m thinking maybe for my dining table at Thanksgiving!).

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2 thoughts on “Fall Trends 2013: Shiny & Dark

  1. Excellent. I noticed the same trend in our own mailbox. Seen a hint of copper materials or paints on every item, as well. A useful suggestion to just “add-on” in small pieces as you’ve suggested. I personally would consider brass or copper but, not much more of the dark colours, as we have a smaller space.
    I would love to see what you’d consider using as your Thanksgiving table setting! Share with us if you come across some inspiration you’d like to share. I might even consider the colours used for this decor purpose lol 😉

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