Don't hold back this fall: Pick a small space and go all out with jewel tones, moody florals, and metal accents, says designer Sarah Wittenbraker.
￼Austin interior decorator Sarah Wittenbraker.
Sarah Wittenbraker is the quintessential Austin interior decorator: Fun and funky, the UT grad is a multitasking mother of three children (all redheads, like her) who is at once polished but with a bit of an edge. The decorating guru recently started offering “Design in a Day” consultation services for those who haven’t yet committed to an extensive design project but need some expert advice or a nudge in the right direction. She will soon launch an e-commerce site for home and fashion accessories with friend Anne Campbell.
Although she loves the city’s outdoorsy, laid-back lifestyle, this fall she encourages clients to go bold with design, at least in small spaces within the home. “I think we’ll start to see more drama in houses, even if it’s just in small pockets,” Wittenbraker says. “Open-concept floor plans beg for flowing neutral palettes, but when able, I try to carve out small spaces to hold saturated color and bold statements.
Dark blues and grays are still having their moment, and even violets are finding their way out of nurseries.” Once you pick your jewel tone, match big pieces to the wall color for a different spin on monochrome, and then go for added effect by choosing floral fabrics and metal accessories, she says. “Moody floral textiles and edgy brass lighting will give any area high drama. Pick one space, and go all in.” Sarah Wittenbraker Interiors