Colors of nature accent home for fall

May 05, 1991|By Linda Bennett

It's not nice to call them "earth tones" any more, but look fo furnishings and accessories in a color palette straight from Mother Nature's paint box come fall, with a special emphasis on acres of green.

Upholstery fabrics and other offerings at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., included greens ranging from sage and hunter to olive and kiwi. (There was avocado, too, but no one seemed comfortable calling it that.)

After green, yellow was the next most exciting coloration at market, with tones from mustard and old gold to wheat and bright sunflower making an appearance.

Technicolor accent shades of tangerine, azalea, aquamarine and pansy added vibrancy to almost every combination, from retro designs to traditional wovens.

Shades of orange ranging from subtle persimmon to neon citrus appear to be the hot new accent color, and some showrooms splashed it on all by itself.

And, although the environmental colors permeate the market, shades of blue and the skin-tone peaches and pinks continue to be popular choices with consumers so they're still very much in evidence.

Popular fabric choices were richly textured Jacquard weaves, slubby naturals and a sensuous new microdenier polyester that feels like silk.

There was enough tapestry on view to drape the market center -- it showed up on sofas, chairs, throw pillows, table accessories, wall hangings and even a lamp or two.

Some of the freshest fabric choices were the plaids, notably designer Jena Hall's collection for Broyhill. Many of the major showrooms used tartans in traditional colorations or red, green and blue.

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