10 Ways to Bring the Cosy Feel of Autumn into your Home
As the heady days of summer become a hazy memory, autumn colours seem to suddenly burst out of nowhere. Thoughts inevitably turn to warm jumpers, hot chocolate and woodland walks. But why not also use autumn as inspiration to give a seasonal update to your home?
Add a bold accent
Staying in is the new going out. As the days become shorter, curl up with a book or invite friends over for a good old gossip. If you’re going to buy one item of furniture this autumn, make it a statement piece. Incorporate the current trend for luxe with a sumptuous chair, while injecting a burst of colour with autumnal hues of gold, mustard or burnt sienna. This iconic Spalding armchair is based on a mid century American design, available for £529.99 from www.my-furniture.co.uk
Embrace giant knits
There’s no excuses needed at this time of year to hunker down and hibernate. Embrace the tactile trend for giant knits and snuggle up under an extra chunky knitted throw or blanket. If you’re not ready to get out your giant knitting needles yet, this one is available from Lauren Aston Designs from £270, from www.notonthehighstreet.com
Bring firework night indoors
Introduce a statement light with smoked glass to bring the feeling of bonfire night into your home. This updated twist on pendant lighting, from www.frenchconnection.com, gives a striking contrast between the delicate smoked-glass baubles and stark, black iron shade. It’s priced at £395. If you’re not in the market for a new pendant light, introduce smoked glass by way of a table lamp or candleholders.
Make an autumn leaf wreath
Why wait until Christmas to hang a wreath on your door? Make the most of vibrant autumn colours and go in search of bright leaves, vivid berries and fallen pine cones to create an autumnal welcome for your guests. If you’ve never made a wreath before, look out for a local wreath making class.
Paint a statement
Autumn isn’t just about leaf colour. Make use of those intense berry colours too. Farrow & Ball’s new range includes rich, deep Preference Red, which adds a bold statement to any room. It works especially well combined with their other new shades, Paean Black and Sulking Room Pink. Discover more of their new range at www.farrow-ball.com. 2.5 litre tins from £45.
Let’s all go down to the woods today
Introduce woodland animal designs, particularly the humble hare. Animals are appearing this season on plates, placemats, cushions and wallpaper. But what better way to enjoy the crisp feel of autumn than to warm your hands around a mug of hot chocolate. Is it too early for mulled wine yet? We don’t think so! This Hare Mug from ‘Into the Wild’ Creative Tops is available from £4.95 at www.silvermushroom.com
Spice up your floor
Bring vibrant autumn colours indoors by adding a colourful rug. Not only will it look good, but it’ll help keep your feet extra warm too. The classic stripes of this Carter Collection Oriental Weavers’ rug will blend perfectly into any living space. Enhance the colours with matching cushions or lampshades. This rug starts from £79.99 from www.rugsdirect.co.uk
Warm up with a thermal blind
Switch up soothing neutrals or graceful greys. A new blind can quickly add a splash of colour to any room. Mix and match colours, patterns and textures to contrast other soft furnishings. Introduce autumn vibes of burnt orange, rosehip, copper, russet, damson and elderberry. This Orla Kiely Rosebud Orange Roman Blind starts from £32.95 at www.blinds-2go.co.uk. For extra cosiness, order it with free thermal lining.
Inhale the fragrance of autumn
Bring the earthy scents of autumn into your home with the White Company’s autumn mini home scenting set, including a candle, mini diffuser and room spray. Available from £32, this gorgeously fruity and floral fragrance is a combination of pear, quince and apricot, blended with amber and musk. www.thewhitecompany.com/uk
Light my fire
Nothing says cosy like a wood burning stove. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit a room. Opt for a more traditional look, or go for something more contemporary depending on your style. We like this one from Charnwood due to its traditional feel with a contemporary, colour twist. Keep it as eco friendly as possible by using sustainable wood sources. The Country Living Bembridge stove is available from £1,100. Check their website for local stockists www.charnwood.com
Author: Sara Chardin
Date: October 2018