Now that the clocks have gone back it really feels like Autumn is here. Wet weather and dark evenings mean that making the home cosy and welcoming is more important than ever. And now that we are spending more time at home, just making a few small updates around the house can help us to embrace the new season instead of dreading the coming winter. And you don’t have to be an interior stylist, or have wads of cash either. Most of the tips here are about small, easy tweaks, or diy jobs. What else are long, dark evenings for?
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Image courtesy of Dunelm and shows their Arts and Crafts winter range.
Ramp Up The Textiles
Autumn is definitely the season to start seriously snuggling up on the sofa. Or in the armchair. Or in bed on dismal weekend mornings. And to do that you need cushions, throws, and extra texture. Most of us have a few more cushions in the cupboard that we put away during the summer months. So, now’s the time to swap the summer linens for those knitted, or faux fur textiles you have been hoarding. There’s nothing like a cuddly throw to keep away the chills while binging on Netflix, and all of that extra weight on top of the duvet is enough to make us want to hibernate ’til spring.
Image shows the Melvillous Chandelier, £440, Stucco Table Lamp, £120, with 40cm Straight Empire Shade In Teal Heraldic Ikat, £93. All from Pooky.
Add Extra Light
And while you’re at it, assess your lighting distribution too. You can never have enough lamps. They are the best thing ever for making a room look extra cosy. Table and floor lamps are easily moved around to where they are needed the most, and now’s the time to create soft pools of light to make rooms look welcoming and warm. Better still if your circuits are on dimmer switches, but don’t forget to put effective reading lights where they are need too.
Image shows Amazon Soil Emulsion from Benjamin Moore Colour Trends 2021.
Add Some Autumnal Colour
We all know which colours depict Autumn the best and give us that warm glow. Orange, russet red, ochre, and dark shades of navy and brown for instance. And it’s easy to add those colours to the home with a few cushions or a soft rug. But why not add some colour with paint? I’m not talking about painting an entire room, but maybe just a warm accent colour behind some shelves. Or in the alcoves either side of the chimney breast. It’s an easy update that is quickly changed when you tire of it, and it could change the whole feel of the room.
Image courtesy of Lights 4 Fun.
Create a Cosy Atmosphere
Even if you’re not lucky enough to have an open fire, a flickering flame from candles will always create a cosy atmosphere. Display them in groups (remembering to keep them well away from children and pets) to make them even more effective, and don’t save them for best. Candles are relatively inexpensive after all, and there’s nothing like lighting a candle to signal the end of the working from home day, and the start of the evening. Better still, make dinner a special occasion once a week, instead of eating in front of the TV. Go on, I know we all do it. A date night, or a regular family dinner will be appreciated all the more when a little effort is made.
Image courtesy of Dunelm and shows their Winter Retreat range.
Bring the Outside In
There’s such an abundance of seed heads, dried grasses and lovely russet colours outside at this time of the year and they make lovely seasonal displays for the home. Collect some foliage on your next walk and get creative. Even a vase of foraged branches can look effective, but you can make really simple door wreaths or lovely candle holders without much artistic prowess.
Really Easy DIY Projects
Foliage Candle Holders
Reuse, recycle and recreate for an environmentally-friendly and stylish Autumnal idea from Rebecca Stanton at Dobbies Garden Centres that will give your home a cosy glow.
“A stylish update to add to windowsills, side tables or as a dining table centrepiece, bring a touch of the outdoors in using seasonal foliage foraged from autumn walks for these fuss-free homemade candle holders. Simple yet stunning, they are a nice one to sit and make for a moment of calm over a cuppa or spiced mulled wine.
Opt for taper candles which are long and slim, as these will add height and interest. We used white candles for a sleek clean look, but you could choose a colour to tie in with your overall decorating theme. What I love most about them is how easy it is to change the look by choosing different foliage, plus they only take minutes to make, so are truly an express style update!”
Minimal Door or Window Wreath
This is the Garden Trading Farringdon Wreath (£14) but if you already have a metal hoop at home this is very easy to make yourself from a few stems of eucalyptus. You can find step by step instructions (honestly, you won’t need them it’s so easy) on my post earlier this year.