Fall Design Trends with Interior Designer Chad Esslinger

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Chad Esslinger is an incredible Chicago-area designer who is passionate about every aspect of home design. His company, CHAD ESSLINGER DESIGN, is a full-service design firm focusing on residential interior design, decorating and remodeling. We caught up with him to hear about the hottest fall trends and much more!

How did you get involved in the interior design industry? 

Chad Esslinger: I have always loved every aspect of home design. I received my degree in Industrial Design from The University of Illinois and worked in the design and product development field for several years before transitioning to interior design. I had been designing home decor and furniture and it was a very natural transition. I love working with homeowners and families to make their houses their own unique homes.

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What are a few home design trends that people expect for this Fall?


  1. More color in kitchens and bathrooms as greens and blue paint colors and gray stains continue to grow in popularity.
  2. Deeper connections with nature, and that takes shape in the home with natural materials like wool and cotton, rustic woods, stone, and house plants move the green of the summer into the interior as the days get shorter and colder.
  3. One-of-a-kind artwork, local finds, reused or repurposed objects, with a renewed sense of uniqueness and individuality.
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Do you have a favorite furniture piece for the upcoming season? 

CE: As we begin to entertain for the upcoming fall and winter holidays, the party comes indoors and having a functional and inviting dining table is essential.

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What’s your recommendation for transitioning someone’s home from Summer to Fall?

CE: I like to swap out brightly-colored throw blankets and accents pillows with ones that have subdued earth-tones, faux fur, or flannel/plaid patterns.

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