It’s the start of the week, we’ve hit October, the weather’s dreary and the nights are drawing in… yuck. But don’t despair just yet: Here are some simple tips to help turn your home into a warm and snuggly autumn wonderland!
Use autumnal colours
Seeing as there are four seasons in the year, it’s somewhat impractical to give your house a complete overhaul every three months. But it’s the little things that count, and just a few minor adjustments here and there will transform rooms completely. Deep reds, oranges, yellows and browns are the colours of autumn, so try to incorporate these with throws over the couches, bedspreads, cushion covers and even towels. Another way to achieve a cosier atmosphere is to swap your light bulbs for ones with a softer, warmer colour, or to switch your current lampshades to red or dark orange ones (keep the other ones stored away for next summer).
Make the most of Mother Nature
The most beautiful thing about autumn is the plants and foliage it creates. For next to nothing you can create seasonal decorative pieces to go around the house. It could be anything as simple as filling a bowl with autumn leaves, rosehips and pinecones. Gourdes can be hollowed out to make vases and candleholders, while small branches heavy with leaves and berries (make sure they’ve fallen off or that otherwise you have permission from the owner!) look great wrapped around picture frames. As Halloween looms, it’s time to get busy with pumpkins, and remember, you don’t just have to carve scary faces!
Relight my fire…
It’s just about getting to the time when you can no longer hold off with the heating. If you’re fortunate enough to have a real fireplace, then good for you, you’re probably sat in front of it right now, roasting nuts and quaffing mulled wine! But if your house is deficient in the chimney department, that doesn’t mean you have to go without. Yes, real fires keep the room warm, but their other big purpose is to act as a centrepiece, and you can easily create your own centrepiece by forming a collection of tea lights or candles in a safe nook of the living room, or arranging fairy lights amongst an autumnal stack of pinecones and horse chestnuts. You could even add fiery looking leaves around your centrepiece, creating your very own ‘flames’!
Mmm… what’s that smell?
A welcoming autumnal home isn’t just about looks and warmth. Good smells go a long way too. The waft of a spicy apple crumble or pumpkin pie coming through from the kitchen instantly makes you feel all warm inside, so do your own cooking when you can. Now’s the time to bring out the scented candles and oils too (recommended ones for the season include apple, blackberry, cranberry and pumpkin). If you’re in a particularly creative mood, you can make your own potpourri from sliced apples and oranges, flower petals and spices.