’Tis the season to get cosy
With summer at its end, it’s time to look ahead to what the coming months have to offer. And although we’ll all miss the light nights and warmer weather, there’s something truly magical about the arrival of autumn. The colours change, the fires are lit, and the time has come to celebrate all things cosy.
And with 2020 being what it is, there is no better time to really embrace being a homebird. The right autumnal décor can help you fall in love with your home again, from chunky knits to spooky accessories.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of some of our favourite autumn interior design tips and tricks.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest touches which make the biggest difference. Start getting your home ready for autumn by incorporating a few key accessories in classic seasonal colours. Think oranges, warm greys and browns, and the odd hint of deep red. Cosy candles and jewel tone florals are also a fantastic way to pay homage to this time of year and bring a welcoming element to your living space.
While summer is the busiest and most social season for most of us, autumn is all about slowing things down and embracing the basics. So if bright colours and loud patterns aren’t your forte, choose something more subtle for your space. Quiet and muted colours work perfectly alongside dried botanical accents to instantly make things feel cooler, cosier and more autumnal in any space.
You can’t think of autumn without thinking about Halloween. This is the time of year when we celebrate all the things that go bump in the night, so if you’re a Halloween fan then be sure to show off your love through your interior design.
And despite what many people might think, you can celebrate Halloween in a way that’s subtle and classy. Forego plastic skeletons and carved pumpkins in favour of autumnal leaf garlands and long, elegant candlesticks.
We often forget about the bathroom when it comes to interior design, writing it off as a purely practical space. But there’s no reason why your bathroom can’t join in the fun – and it doesn’t require a huge amount of effort either. A few decorative pumpkins can instantly put a seasonal twist on your bathroom. You can also consider swapping out hand soaps for spicy fall scents, and hand towels for new additions in harvest colours.
Floral bouquets are a great way to bring freshness, colour and texture to any space, but now is the time to swap out your spring blossoms for more seasonal arrangements. Opt for blooms that come in more autumnal shades and hues, and don’t be afraid to sprinkle in some other seasonal features like berries and twigs for an even more fall-tastic impact.
Spices are intrinsically linked with this time of year. While fresher tastes are widely associated with spring and summer, autumn is all about comfort foods with a kick. From hearty stews to spicy veggie dishes, fill your home with homecooked goodness and display your ingredients proudly. Not only will this make you feel more autumnal, but it will also help your house feel more like a home.
Many people are afraid to decorate with dark colours, but including a darker hue in a more neutral space can add a whole new level of depth and decadence. Black, for example, is a timelessly edgy colour choice, but there’s something about it that makes it particularly good for this time of year.
By blending black with natural textures, botanicals and dried twigs, you’re well on your way to creating an autumnal wonderland. Spaces like the dining room can benefit particularly well from this design combination.
Autumn is prime cosy time, so make sure you fill your home with all the right soft furnishings. Soft throw blankets, fuzzy textures, woven accessories and sumptuous cushions can instantly transform a room from a summer paradise to an autumn haven. Try mixing cosier elements with neutral tones and wood finishes to bring another level to your home design, with a few pops of a warm fall shade like mustard to really set the tone.
Autumn might be the time of year when we all start spending more time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your outdoor space when it comes to décor. Swap out the barbeque for a cosy fire pit, and consider investing in heated lamps and fairy lights in order to create a seasonal sanctuary in your garden that you can enjoy even as the weather gets colder and darker.
When we talk about sprucing up your outdoor space, we’re including your front door in that. Wreaths aren’t just reserved for Christmas time – a change of season is a great excuse to create a floral wreath for your front door that celebrates everything we love about autumn. Berries, twigs and seasonal flowers can come together to create something rustic and charming.
Candles are the perfect autumnal accessory. Not only do they add instant atmosphere, but they also bring a toasty and cosy element to any room through the arrival of spicy seasonal scents. From sweet smells like cranberry to warm options like pumpkin spice, there are plenty of sensational options to choose from. Other options for treating your senses this season include incense sticks and oil burners.
Throughout the spring and summer, a big floral bouquet is a welcome addition to any dining or coffee table, but the arrival of autumn means it’s time to rethink your centre pieces in order to create something a little bit more appropriate for this time of year. Pull out florals with muted shades that feel more autumnal, and pair them with leafy sprigs, candlesticks and even gourds. With a dining set up like this, you’ll find it impossible not to feel warm and welcomed in your home.
If you’re looking for more subtle ways to celebrate the change of season in your home, consider swapping out some of the smaller and more practical items for autumnal alternatives. Items like your glassware and crockery can be updated for versions in warm fall colours, perfect for bringing a homely element to your dining room table or kitchen counters.
The very best thing about the weather getting colder is having an excuse to bury yourself in snug blankets. Now is the perfect time to create a cosy nook in your living room, complete with a comfy armchair, a bookshelf and plenty of blankets.
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