- INTRODUCE A WARM ACCENT COLOUR
An accent colour should make up about 10% of the overall colour scheme, perfect for styling the changing seasons without making huge changes. When choosing an accent colour start by looking at the existing colour palette in your room and home and work with a complimentary colour, you can also take inspiration from fabric, artwork or accessories already in the room to create a harmonious space. Adding new cushions and accessories in your chosen accent colour is a quick and easy way to transition into the colder months. For my living room I’ve taken inspiration from my curtain fabric. Picking out the earthy tones I’ve created a colour palette of rich browns and warm apricot and rust, making sure they perfectly compliment the warm wood tones and original brick flooring in my living space.
2. ADD WARMTH WITH DIFFERENT TEXTURES
When switching up your cushions choose velvets, soft wool and thick linens. A mix of luxurious, warm, down to earth textures, ideal for adding warmth. Pick cushions in your accent colour to mix and match with your existing ones. You can see my guide to choosing cushions here if you need some help. Layer wool rugs on floors and keep blankets to hand. Adding extra layers and textures will promote a cosy space.
3. ADD NATURAL MATERIALS
And don’t forget natural materials. Wicker baskets filled with logs for the fire or spare blankets for guests are both practical and add a feeling of home and comfort. Wicker storage boxes are great for styling, I love mine under my console, perfect for hiding away toys, shoes, magazines and helping to keep organised. And don’t overlook natural materials foraged in nature! Small touches that add texture and invite the seasons in.
4. CREATE SOFT AUTUMNAL LIGHTING
Lighting is always important but during these darker, colder months good lighting design can warm up the coldest days and create a cosy home. Create layers of light with table lamps and floor lamps, create cosy corners to curl up in and add candles for warmth and to add atmosphere.
5. HOME STYLING
Those finishing touches that make your home feel comfortable, lived in and can bring the biggest changes to a room. Once you have a good design foundation it’s easy to update with some simple changes, my favourite way is with dark artwork, candles and flowers or greenery. At this time of year I love dried and faux arrangements and these flowers from Hudson Home are the perfect way to style for Autumn and the best things is, they can be used every year.
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