The Biggest Fall Interior Design Trends a Style Editor Has Seen This Year

published Oct 25, 2022
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As more home brands roll out their latest furniture and decorative accessory collections, I’ve subsequently been taking stock of the biggest fall 2022 home decor trends. Based on what I’ve seen so far, this season’s all about embracing new textures, unexpected colors, and far-from-boring silhouettes. A few longstanding motifs prove that they’re here to stay, too; plus, you’ll find some reimagined takes on more timeless materials, like marble. Consider this your ultimate fall 2022 interior design playbook, featuring seven noteworthy trends and where to shop for them, including picks for within a range of budgets and sizes.

Cobalt touches

Blue has dominated home design this year pretty much across the board, but one specific shade remains a notable standout: cobalt. This delightfully bright hue is leaving its mark on pieces both big and small — from wall hooks and vases to full-on cobalt couches — for a fresh spin on the signature burnt orange and amber fall palette you’re probably used to (although there’s still plenty where that came from). Contemporary home brands are doubling down on cobalt decor galore, but the vintage market is also booming, especially so for blue glassware. This year’s offerings have proved cobalt is an evergreen color you can count on for year-round decorating.

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Lulu and Georgia

Curve continuation

Rounded, sculptural silhouettes have shown no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s latest Lulu and Georgia collections as well as fashion designer Mara Hoffman’s first-ever furniture line in collaboration West Elm. Pieces like curved sofas and squiggly headboards have been the name of the game lately, but I’m now seeing this trend trickle down into smaller-scale furnishings, like design-forward dining chairs. Even traditionally boxy items, like desks and coffee tables, tend to favor organic shapes over sharp right angles this season as well.

Muted desert palettes

Also on the color spectrum, add earthy neutrals to your fall 2022 trend list. This natural style has hit the home rotation hard in recent months, so it only makes sense that retailers would further channel that popularity in the form of beiges, taupes, and sandy-hued furniture and decor. I do love that, just like cobalt, these soothing, muted shades can coexist in your space indefinitely, regardless of season.

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Faux mohair

Step aside, velvet, there’s a new texture in town: mohair, or its imitation equivalent for an animal-friendly alternative. Designer Nate Berkus actually deemed this material one of the biggest fall 2022 decor trends, and with good reason — it’s undeniably luxe-looking, durable, and versatile enough to use for throw blankets and pillows, upholstered furniture, and beyond. Faux mohair designs or blends do skew more budget- and environmentally-friendly overall, and companies like CB2 and Pottery Barn have caught on, not to mention designer and blogger Athena Calderone’s collection for Crate & Barrel, which leans faux-mohair-heavy.

Moody marble

Snowy white may be the first detail that comes to mind when you think of marble home decor, but that’s taking a backseat to moodier color combos. In fact, white veining now pops against rich green, red, terracotta, or black foundations. CB2’s current home collection specifically feels like a masterclass in modern marble, from high-end dining tables to more affordable yet equally cool decorative accents, while Urban Outfitters even designed a chair (shown below) to mimic the marble look via patterned velvet upholstery.

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Urban Outfitters

Fluted furniture

Pieces with some form of architectural interest, whether 3D relief or geometric overlay, initially gained traction earlier this year, as inspired by a surge in DIY faux wall moldings and panels. Expect that same dimensional design this fall, with fluted furniture largely dominating the design scene. This graphic look brings a textural, trim-like touch to dressers, desks, consoles, nightstands, and even upholstered headboards, whether decorated with all-over fluting or just drawer accents. Target’s beloved Studio McGee line models this particularly well with the stylish, wood Thousand Oaks series.


No quilted family heirlooms? No problem, thanks to blankets from the likes of West Elm, Schoolhouse, Pottery Barn, and more, which appeal to that handmade, straight-out-of-grandma’s-house allure — albeit with slightly more modern patterns. Of course, you can also source actual handmade designs from Etsy for a fairly comparable cost, and you can always size down for a more affordable accent, if needed. Either way, layer one over your comforter, drape it at the foot of your bed, or cuddle up on the couch in cozy cottagecore style (or even go holiday-themed!).

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