How to create a warm and cosy home for Autumn Winter

  1. 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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{Post contains gifted flowers from Hudson Home and candles from Chapter Organics. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own}

How To Choose the Perfect Cushion Combination

Want to know how to choose the perfect cushion combinations like the pros? Here are my 3 simple tips to make choosing cushions easier:

To start, you need to choose the right sizes. As a general rule, start with the large cushions at the back, ideally you want them to be between 50-60cm, no smaller than 50cm. Then layer in the smaller cushions, 45-55cm, and finish with the lumbar cushions. While there are no hard and fast rules to how many cushions you should have, the following will help guide you. For an armchair, a lumbar cushion is simple and effective or use 1-2 cushions. For a small 2 person sofa, 2-3 cushions. For a medium sofa, 3-5 cushions.

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Remember to stick to your colour palette to successfully mix and match different patterns. It will create a more cohesive scheme and the cushions will all work together and compliment each other.

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My rule when mixing patterns is as follows: one plain, one full pattern, one simple pattern. The plain cushion will anchor it all together and offer a backdrop to pattern. A full pattern will feature an all over pattern, whereas a simple pattern should be just that! I always favour a stripe or similar. By using this rule of three for pattern it stops different patterns from trying to compete and causing visual fatigue. It also means you can mix and match between them, so if you only want two cushions for an armchair, you can choose any two from the rule of three, but never the same, for example, do not choose two full pattern cushions but instead a full and simple pattern or a plain and pattern.

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