The temperature is dropping, which means it’s time to cosy up your home for the crisp, autumn days ahead. Here are 8 easy styling tips guaranteed to take the edge off the chill and add snug seasonal style to your interior.
Add a rug or two
Warm up a tiled or timber floor with a cosy rug or two. Plush and shag pile rugs are great for low-traffic spots such as living areas and bedrooms, while durable flatweave rugs that won’t crush underfoot are better suited to busy areas such as family rooms and hallways.
Make a statement and add energy to a room with a bold, patterned rug. Or, for a calmer vibe, consider a neutral colour with a subtle pattern. Just bear in mind that the busier the pattern, the better it will conceal any dirt and dust between vacuums. Must-know tips to help you choose the perfect rug - here.
2. Dress up your sofa & bed
Snuggling into bed or the soft corner of your sofa when it’s chilly outside is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Dial up the comfort factor by layering your sofa and bed with a medley of cosy cushions in different shapes and sizes, chunky, knitted blankets and tasseled throws. Discover how to use throws to your advantage when styling your home - here.
Introduce different textures and patterns! A rug adds a cosy feel to a tiled, open-plan area, while a medley of various cushions and a chunky knitted blanket will add a warm energy to your living space. Featured here: Matisse, Berwick Waters Estate, Clyde North.
3. Pick up a paintbrush
For a quick and easy seasonal refresh, nothing beats paint. Earthy, autumnal shades of putty, biscuit and rust are on-trend for 2021, according to Dulux colour experts, and they pair beautifully with this season’s timbers, leathers and marble. Add a feature wall behind the bed, brighten up your front door, or breathe new life into an old piece of furniture with a splash of on-trend colour.
4. Introduce leather touches
Leather is a timeless material that only gets softer and better-looking with age. It’s also perfect for adding warmth, texture and natural appeal to your interior. Pop a couple of leather cushions onto the sofa, invest in a leather ottoman or splash out on a leather armchair or sofa. And remember, tan is not your only option – you might like to consider other autumnal hues such as chocolate, rich mahogany or deep terracotta.
An arrangement of seasonal blooms can bring life to any room and make the space feel more inviting. Consider fresh florals or introduce dried grasses and natives to last you through the season. Featured here: Clovelly, Woodlea Estate, Aintree.
5. Bring in autumnal blooms
Fresh flowers are a delight all-year-round, but nothing says autumn quite like a bunch of beautiful dried grasses and blooms. Best of all, they’ll last all season and you can re-use them again next year. Create a chic, tonal arrangement with bunny tails, pampas and dried hydrangeas. They will look stunning displayed at your bedside, in your hallway or on your kitchen island.
Or, if dried species aren’t your style, create a fresh floral arrangement with blooms in seasonal tones of red, orange, yellow and green.
6. Re-think your lighting
With the days getting shorter, now’s the perfect time to nail your artificial lighting scheme. A soft, layered lighting scheme is a surefire way to make a room feel inviting; think table lights, wall lights that cast a gentle wash of illumination across your vertical surfaces, and pendants hung low over your dining table, bedside table or kitchen island. For extra ambience, pop a few candles on your mantelpiece or along the dining table (never leave lit candles unattended).
Choosing the right lighting is essential, especially as the days start to get shorter. Introduce a sleek, low hanging pendant light over your bedside table for the perfect ambience all year round. Featured here: Astoria Grand, Attwell Estate, Deanside.
7. Artisanal touches
The fashion for all things handcrafted and homemade continues into autumn. Decorate your sideboard or hallway console with handcrafted ceramics in autumnal tones of rust, terracotta and plum, add a woven wall hanging in the bedroom, or splash out on a statement artwork in the dining room or family area. When it comes to smaller decorative items, create impact by grouping pieces of similar tones but different shapes and sizes together.
8. Add magic outdoors
Turn your outdoor area into a space you and your guests can enjoy all year round by introducing a cosy fire pit (perfect for fire-side chats), a sofa piled high with comfortable cushions, tactile throws, plants and an outdoor rug. Add in toasted marshmallows and a nice bottle of red and you’re autumn-ready.