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Taniya Nayak

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Must-try fall trends

Fall is around the corner and that means a whole host of new trends when it comes to decorating your space. Not sure where to start? We're here to help.

We turned to interior designer and HGTV host Taniya Nayak for her insight into what's hot for home decor this fall. She shares some of the must-try trends of the season. "Whenever the season changes, it's a great time to change up your decor," she says. "And, it doesn't have to cost a lot of money."

Play with pattern and print

If you're bored with your current crop of home accents, now is the perfect time to switch things up. "This fall expect to see more bold and graphic prints as accents around the room," says Nayak. "This works well for stand-out pillows and rugs, which don't always have to lie on the floor but can even be used as creative wall art.

We love these bold, watercolor-print pillows ($17) from HomeGoods, available in-store.

Watercolor pillow from Homegoods

Add rich colors

While summer is all about fun pops of bright, candy hues, fall sees some richer, more sophisticated tones. "Mixing and matching jewel and spice tones such as ruby, amber, saffron, ochre and turmeric is a fantastic fall color palette and a win every time," advises Nayak. Her go-to hue for any season is chartreuse green, which works well no matter the time of year. "In the summer I would accent with crisp white and yellow, but come fall, it looks great with deep plum, teal and magenta."

Pottery Barn pickling jars

Mix and match

Beyond playing with colors, mixing and matching styles will also be big for the season, notes Nayak. "For example, combine rustic pieces and rough, natural finishes with modern pieces that have glassy lacquer and metallic finishes," she suggests. "I would pair a rustic farm dining table with modern, lucite chairs." The effect is elegance with a vintage-inspired twist.

One of these antique pickling jars would make an eye-catching addition to a more modern room.

Vacation inspiration

Gone are the days of stuffy, overly polished spaces. This season we're seeing a shift toward more relaxed decor. "Another trend I see this year is of people creating a more vacation-like atmosphere in their homes," says Nayak. "Plush area rugs in a soft gray or taupe with fresh, crisp, white bed linens give a home a pristine, yet relaxed feel."

Leaf in vaseBring nature indoors

Fall is a great time to embrace nature and bring the outdoors in. "For example, find a branch with vibrant colored leaves and place it in a simple vase with water," suggests Nayak. She also recommends picking up some basic frames (or any that speak to you or fit with your current decor) and inserting colorful fall leaves. "You'll have instant, unique art."

You can bring a modern touch to your nature-inspired fall decor, Nayak says. "Use white lacquer spray paint to spray natural and organic elements such as rocks, pinecones, gourds or branches and display them on a dining table or console."

Get cozy

When fall comes, we tend to spend more time at home and inside than during the warm summer months. To embrace the season, add warm, fuzzy throw blankets and extra throw pillows to create more comfort, advises Nayak. "I typically change out my throws every month or so to add freshness and fun to my rooms."

We love these cozy throws with pebbly texture. Choose from slate, ivory or blue.

cozy throws from West Elm

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Comments on "Decorating Diva: Falling for fall's top trends"

Shannon September 05, 2012 | 11:26 AM

Love these tips and I love fall!! I'm all about cozy decorations, so fall fits my style just right. I have tons of cozy throws and can't wait to add a few more to my stash. Thanks for the tips!

Katie August 20, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Fall is my favorite season and I love having my home décor reflect this love. I enjoy reading Ms. Nayak’s tips for incorporating fall-themed fashion into your living space! Since we spend less time outdoors in the fall, I like the idea of bringing the outdoors into your home with rustic and nature-inspired pieces. My favorite bit of advice is spray painting rocks, pinecones and branches with white lacquer spray paint and arranging them for display on a table or console. I also have to agree with Emma that cozy throws are my weakness. There are so many good tips for fall decorating and Ms. Nayak touched at some of them in this article.

Emma August 15, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Great tips yet again! I love the trends coming up this fall. Playing with prints and patterns is so fun. It looks good for things not to match and I love that! Also, I can not get enough cozy throws. They are my weakness!

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