The nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping. At this time of year, nothing beats a cosy home to help you unwind.
We’ve picked out some awesome autumnal ideas that can warm up a room and make your home more welcoming for the winter months ahead.
Seasonal colour schemes
Nobody is suggesting a full renovation of your house every time we tick off another season, but there are subtle colour scheme changes you can make. Just as the vibrant spring and summer colours can make your home feel light and airy, autumnal colours bring added warmth and help beat the winter blues.
No paint is required – these can be temporary measures to bring about an autumnal vibe. Introducing new rugs, throws and cushion covers in orange, red, purple, and brown is always a start – and we’ll take a look at those below – but look through your artwork and accessories to see what can be swapped out and put into storage. Even just small decorations can make a big difference.
New curtains for the season could also be a consideration, replacing summery sheer curtains with thicker linen in autumn colours.
Let there be light
The curtains are drawn and the lights go on much earlier as autumn kicks in, so make sure you find the right ambience for the evenings at home.
Look at your indoor lighting, where you can place a lamp, and even change the bulbs to get more cosy yellow light in the room.
If you’ve got an open fire, make it your primary light source – if not, candles are a comforting alternative. The colours of the candles you choose will also impact the appearance of your home during the day. There are also certain scents that evoke autumn, like spiced pumpkin, spiced orange, or biscuity smells that can make a world of difference.
Say it with flowers
There is no clearer indication of the change of seasons than plants. The flowers that we fill our homes with can be different from one month to the next, but there are some seasonal staples that you should consider to get the perfect autumnal aura.
Harriet Smithson from Cumberland Flower Farm in Little Clifton, just outside Workington, says: “Fill vases with jewel-coloured dahlias, chrysanthemums and celosia, grown here in Britain, which will bring warm colours into the home and reflect the changing season outside.
“The flowers we grow here in Cumbria are slowing down by October, but there are flower farms in Cornwall and Lincolnshire who supply us with year-round blooms. If you buy British-grown cut flowers, you’re not only supporting small family businesses but the flowers will change throughout the year, from spring tulips to blousy chrysanthemums. You will see seasonal differences that you don’t get with imported blooms, and they’re better for the environment too with only a fraction of their imported equivalent’s carbon footprint.”
It’s a few weeks until the first frost, but most people will have put the gardening tools away until next spring. However, it’s possible to plant bulbs that will flower within eight weeks indoors and throughout the dark cold winter months.
Harriet adds: “It makes for a very cosy autumn activity and it’s very reassuring to see the bulbs grow and flower despite the cold, dark wet days.
“Paperwhite narcissi, hyacinths, iris and crocus can all be planted in pots now to enjoy indoors over winter. Our Hope Bulb Box includes a selection of these bulbs and planting instructions.”
Ring in the changes with a wreath
You may only associate wreaths with Christmas, but an autumn wreath is a welcoming and eye-catching addition to the outside of your home.
Harriet continues: “Get an autumn wreath for your front door, or better still make your own! Forage autumnal colour, texture and interest from your garden or country hedgerows and make something truly unique for your home.
“It’s a great way to acknowledge and enjoy the grasses, berries and seed heads that are abundant at this time of year.
“Our Wreath Kits provide you with the mossed ring, some decoration and instructions to forage and make your wreath.”
Is your home hygge?
If anyone knows how to truly embrace the autumn lifestyle, it’s the Scandinavians – further north, it can be dark almost all day.
Hygge is a cultural phenomenon that people around the world attempt to recreate, and although it’s difficult to describe, it’s all about creating a mood of coziness and comfort.
From clothes to crockery, there are so many elements to achieving true hygge – but in transforming your home, we can point to wooden furniture, candles, driftwood as decoration, and lots and lots of rugs and throws.
Any wooden floors in your home, get a lovely thick rug on them. If there’s a chill in the air, make sure there’s a throw to hand. It can be that simple.
They may not be from Denmark, but Laura’s Loom, based at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh, can customise blankets to any specification you could require. As well as a whole range of woollen and handwoven products in the online shop, you can also get your own bespoke designs to suit your home.
Founder Laura Rosenzweig says: “Woven from wools sourced in the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria, my blankets are warm, comforting and beautifully-made. They are mill woven at Drove Weaving in Scotland and at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh.
You can commission a special blanket of your very own. Handwoven, the designs are all bespoke so there are no two alike – the list of options is endless.”
Visit the Laura’s Loom website www.laurasloom.co.uk for a full range of products, and click ‘Bespoke’ to start your own special commission.
Share autumn images
We’ve all got a picture of autumn in our minds, with golden and burnt orange leaves on every tree – so why not bring that image inside?
It seems obvious when you see the results, but nothing evokes a feeling of autumn like putting photographs or paintings of these scenes around the home. Share some of your own photos or look in a local gallery, and you’re bound to find some autumnal images that help create the right impression. Get them in some rustic-looking frames and the look is complete.