Fall Forecast

Thursday, September 11, 2008

What's in store for fall? Here's the forecast:

Yellow Paint

Color forecasters believe a citron yellow paint can help take the chill off the country's economic troubles.

One shade, St. Elmo's Fire by Benjamin Moore, is being promoted not only for kitchens, where yellow traditionally resides, but for any room. "Yellow is a color emblematic of transition," says Esther Perman, a spokeswoman for the paint company. She suggests pairing it with such unexpected hues as pink or gray. "Yellow is a feel-good color," she says.

St. Elmo's Fire has a bit of a chartreuse edge to it; it's not something you're likely to find coating the walls of a New England farmhouse. The name of the paint comes from a weather phenomenon called St. Elmo's Fire, which produces flashes of light during electrical storms, not the 1985 Demi Moore flick with the haunting theme song.

But we digress. Try painting a home office wall this fall with St. Elmo's Fire and see if it puts you in a better mood when you're paying bills.

Jura Koncius


Houndstooth, tweed and tartan may be the prints typically favored in the fall, but look for a new pattern to emerge this year: text.

Sentences, jumbled words, letters, numbers and symbols in classic fonts are being used to create edgy graphics and patterns for furnishings and accessories. Typography is becoming a new form of personalization, the modern way to monogram.

"It's part of the vintage-modern look that's so popular right now," says Abigail Jacobs, spokeswoman for Williams-Sonoma Home, which is selling a pillow hand-printed with French script. Other retailers are using typography to decorate rugs, wallpaper, lighting, wall art, shower curtains, pillows and mirrors. New York-based fabric and furnishings company Kravet has chrome tables shaped like letters of the alphabet.

Rather than coming across as computer-generated, typography design looks more like "something found in a romantic letter or a typewritten note," Jacobs says. "It's classic without being antiquated."

Terri Sapienza

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