Fall/ Winter 2021 design notes

Fall foliage

As the summer weather makes its rite of passage into fall we feel the cooling down of temperatures, deepening of light and the joyful sound and visual pleasure of the leaves changing colours and rustling in the wind. At Fino Lino we always love the fall for the dramatic change offering inspiration to create and present our interior design ideas in new ways.

The transition to fall is ritualistic as we re-merchandise the Fino Lino showroom into seasonal splendour. We embrace the richness of layering with textured linens, faux furs and dramatic accessories all deepening into the hues that signify that the Fall/Winter Collection has arrived. 

Fall vignette at Fino Lino showcasing rich velvets in copper tones

Resplendent colour combinations of olive and emerald, mango and orchid, gold and yellow, pale peach and melted orange, pink and lavender, Atlantic blue and earthy brown, copper and muted peach launch the season into its full glory and reflect the need for richer basic neutrals.

Fall colours in design

Growing up in Vancouver the seasons signify change encouraging us to make a new start, setting goals and surrounding ourselves with decorative objects of pleasure and warmth.

The fall renewal may be as simple as adding back the warmer down duvet or deepening the scent of the candle and diffuser, but for others the cocooning is more dramatic adding darker, heavier faux fur throws, blankets, changing window treatments and carpets, all part of their personal passage through the year.

Lafco Retreat candle and Cobi cashmere blanketPhoto on right side by LAFCO

Our homes have become increasingly more important as we face uncertainty and the need to feel safe in our personal environments. They have become multi-functional, often incorporating elements as disparate as a home office and a children’s learning space. This brings a deeper desire to use artful design elements as statements of our taste and choices as we spend more time in our interior havens.

We are also seeing an upscale in size of homes as our clients seek to define living areas. Open floor plans have been the norm but interest in re-establishing formal dining rooms and personal spaces by adding back the walls has grown significantly. The dining room table provides a wonderful opportunity for tastemakers to reinvigorate their passion for creativity by refreshing their collection of tablecloths and napkins with a mix of objects that celebrate decorative decadence.

Le Jacquard Francais Foret Enchantee tablecloth and tablesettingPhoto on left side by Le Jacquard Francais

Our Classic Modern design and product mix at Fino Lino has never been more relevant as Interior Designers and stylists mix it up with strong contrasts, juxtaposing playful with practical, contemporary with traditional, natural with urbane. In bedding the favoured style is to draw on classic basics chosen for sleep comfort and skin appeal and layer with dramatic maximalist accessories with contrasting textures.

Bedding from SDH, Dea and Leitner showing seasonal trendsThe new collection from Tricia Guild’s Designers Guild always gives us insight on how the new season will unfold. Drawing her inspiration from cultures where artisan craftsmanship in textiles is generational shunning the disposable, the new collection is inspired by India’s decorative arts. Printed velvets grace the collection with a more graphic approach rich in texture and soul and waiting to bring your home into its ultimate glory. Fall pillows from Designers GuildPhoto by Designers Guild

Our experience in the last year has been that our clients are fully embracing strong decorative expressions choosing more experimental looks that envelop their senses demonstrating full freedom of design choice and individuality. While the fashion industry is showing neutral dressing, home decor has exploded in full dramatic colour. Olive, emerald, mango, yellow magenta and rhubarb are layered with the new neutrals of gold, pale peach, and copper with earthy undertones. This Pre-Raphaelite intensity is being used in strong contrast and contradiction to the usual. A continuation of using warm and cool metallic finishes remains steadfast however, allowing full integration of the newest design elements into the home.

This season's fashion colours shown in swatches and accessoriesPhoto on left side by adKnits on Pinterest.  Photo in centre by Baobab Collection.

Kevin O’Brien is a brilliant textile designer who usually sets the standards for savvy buyers looking to create a new collection.  This season’s new colour Oregano brings a sophisticated intensity, especially suited to west coast design with its focus on incorporating natural elements into home decor.

Oregano silk velvet pillowsPhoto on left side by Kevin O'Brien Studio

Appreciation for the environment after several years of extreme weather patterns has increased interest in sustainable materials and renewable resources.  Wild goose down duvets are now highly sought after by our clients for their comfort and longevity.  The down is collected by Cree in their traditional territories, continuing a sustainable practice that has endured for generations. 

James Bay wild goose down duvet and wild geesePhoto on left by St.Geneve

Natural fibres have always been prized for their beauty and breathability, and lines such as The Purists reveal their intrinsic qualities. Unbleached, undyed cottons and linens are artfully woven together, creating subtle textural harmonies. The effect is soothing to both the eyes and environment.

Natural fibre fabrics by The PuristsEnriching and nurturing our environment, both personally and on a larger scale are the themes of the season.  Deepening our connection to our surroundings, we look to bring harmony and warmth to our homes and beyond.

Lauren and Gaelle

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