1. Rich, earthy tones
Take inspiration from the great outdoors and dress your home with rich, earthen tones such as russet, conker and bark. This warming colour palette is comforting and soothing – exactly what you need on those crisp autumnal mornings.
2. Indulgent textiles
For living rooms, counter the chill by layering up plaid blankets, tweed cushions and cashmere throws. These sumptuous natural fabrics promote cosiness, embracing hygge living to its fullest. Treat your bedroom to heavy velvet drapery, silk bedspreads and taffeta headboards. These luxe fabrics add depth and opulence to any bedroom, large or small.
3. Natural furnishings
Autumn is a time to embrace the au-naturel. Choose wooden tables and timber benches over plastic and glass furnishings. The return to simple, natural materials evokes a more peaceful setting for you to unwind this season.
4. Autumnal wreaths
Wreaths are a quick and simple way to add autumnal cheer to your home. Interweave pine cones with conkers and dried foliage for a seasonal welcome as you step foot in the door.
5. Bring nature to you
Spending time immersed in nature is known to reduce stress hormones, which in turn calms the mind and detoxifies the body. Recreate this palliative effect in your home by incorporating autumnal plants and flowers. Certain houseplants, such as spider plants and dracaenas are known to purify air, which is especially important if when living in a densely populated city. If ‘green fingers’ isn’t your middle name, fresh flowers are a low effort way of bringing nature into your home.
6. Hygge living
Ensure your home is a soothing sanctuary during these brisk autumnal months by embracing the Danish way of living. Step one, declutter. Step two, add calming touches such as candles, cushions, and blankets. Step three, remember that it’s the simple things that make your house a home – take time and relax in a bubble bath, or invite friends and family over for dinner. These are all instant mood lifters.
7. Handcrafted and artisan wares
With many of us becoming more aware of sustainable style, vintage and handcrafted homewares are becoming ever more popular. Not only will these pieces support the Fairtrade movement, they will create a unique and charming look to your home. Think chunky knitted blankets, recycled woollen quilts and crochet cushions.
8. Oversized florals
Counter the darker nights with brilliant bursts of colour in your home. Try papering a feature wall with blooming orchids, or adding floral lampshades to your living space. The bigger and bolder the print, the better. Keep the rest of your room simple so the flowers are the star of the show.
With a dash of these simple design touches, you can make your house a home this autumn.