Autumn is officially here. You only need to look out of the window or take a deep breath in the fresh air to know that cold weather and dark afternoons are on their way. At this time of year, it’s increasingly tempting to swap going out for staying in and snuggling up. If you’re eager to inject some comfy and cosy touches, here are the ultimate additions you need this autumn.
In the summer, interior design is all about maximising natural light and creating clean, crisp lines. When autumn arrives, scattering rugs on your floors is a really simple way to add warmth. You can also use rugs to carry a theme or create a new colourway. Patterned rugs are very popular at the moment, with zigzags and chevrons taking over from last year’s plaid trend. These items work well in hallways and living rooms. For the bedroom, go for an indulgent faux fur rug to keep those toes toasty on a chilly night.
Throws and blankets
If you look through any interior magazine, you’ll notice that sofas and chairs are always adorned with cushions and throws. Drape throws over the back and the arms to add texture and colour and create a cosy ambience. Don’t worry about folding your throws perfectly. The lived-in look is perfect for making your home look more welcoming and appealing on a miserable October day. You can also layer blankets and throws on your beds. They’ll look great, and they also offer extra layers if you get cold during the night.
You probably associate shutters with sun-drenched Mediterranean countries. But they can also be a fantastic addition to any home in the UK. Shutters look beautiful on the exterior of the home, but they also make a style statement indoors. If you invest in quality window shutters, they will also help to keep the cold out and block out light and noise. In the cooler months, hardwood works well, especially if you have wooden floors.
A wood burner
Do you have an open fireplace or space to create a focal point in your living room? If you’ve got a fireplace you’re not keen on, or you want to add one, a wood burner is an excellent option. The fire will keep you warm in the wintry weather, and it will add rustic charm to the room. This is a great choice for a country cottage, but it can also work well in a modern home. You can buy coloured stoves or monochrome styles that will match contemporary decor perfectly.
Candles are an easy and affordable way to add atmosphere to your home when it’s pitch black and blowing a gale outside. Place your candles in indoor lanterns by the fireplace or old-fashioned Kilner jars in the kitchen.
The mercury is falling, and it’s time to start prepping your home for those wet and windy days. If you’re looking for inspiration to make your home comfy and cosy this autumn, try adding these key pieces. Scatter soft furnishings over beds, sofas, and chairs. Invest in some shutters, and use a wood burner to heat the house up and create a style statement. Cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket, light some candles, and put your feet up.