I know you probably don't want to hear this but as we reach the end of the Summer and we begin to move from outside living to back into our homes, this is the perfect time for a good clean and refresh to get our homes ready for Autumn.
Refresh any chipped paintwork, re-wax/oil your furniture, clear out any cupboards and have a good overall clear out and tidy up.
1 - Florals
Bring in some seasonal flowers and natural finds. These don’t have to be expensive, you can forage for branches, leaves and berries, but they really will take your home from summer to autumn. Bringing the outdoors in, such as filling vases or glass lanterns with branches, dark green moss or warmer, autumnal flowers. If you’re a fan of faux flowers, like me, then change these for the new season. I’ll be investing in some faux hydrangeas, grouped with assorted candles and lanterns around the home to create a calm but stylish vignette.
2 - Cushions and Throws
Adding layers to your furniture with throws, cushions and eco-friendly animal skins (only use ones that are a by-product), will make your home feel cosy when it is cold and wet outside. Changing bed linens for warmer, cosier textures, and taking the throws and warmer chunky knitted blankets out. Perhaps switching out accent pillows with richer in colour too, not just your bed but your sofa or armchairs.
3 - Layers & Texture
Texture is key to creating a warmer, more inviting living space so update your sofa with new cushions and add a fur throw or chunky lamb's wool throw to take the chill away on an evening. Changing up your interior each season can be expensive, but new cushion covers can give new life into an otherwise tired seating area.
4 - Lighting & Ambience
Finally, lighting a few scented candles will add to that ambience especially if they are scented with spices and the smells of autumn. Change the fragrance of your candles from light, holiday-inducing scents to less cloying, warmer, muskier, gorgeously fragranced flame for every winter mood.
As the nights draw in, your choice of lighting becomes crucial. Table lamps and floor lamps are simple additions to any room that can help beat the moody autumnal evenings. Think about layering combinations of different lighting, just as you would blankets and cushions, to add depth and dimension to a room.
Don’t neglect the kitchen. It’s easy to forget that your kitchen can benefit from some attention as autumn approaches. Pack away the Pimms jugs and BBQ utensils and make room for some winter essentials. The slow cooker/casserole dish/soup spoons will be close at hand for any upcoming festivities – and you can then at least pretend to have everything under control!
Although I like to steer clear of adding autumnal shades to my interior, I do like to add more metallic's once the seasons change, such as brass, gold and copper. These tones really add warmth to a space and are the perfect accessory for when the festive season gets closer.
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