10 Tips on Decorating for Autumn

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We’re officially into Autumn now, and so far it’s lovely. The temperature here in the UK hasn’t really dropped, but there’s a cooler breeze in the air, and the leaves are crunching underfoot. It’s a real ‘change of season’ vibe out and about, and so it only makes sense to have a change of season with your décor, right?

I’ve always been a big fan of neutrals for big items at home. Your sofa, curtains, rugs etc. It might not work for everyone, but if you’re someone who likes to decorate for the seasons, then neutrals in your big pieces is the way to go.  That way you can swap out summer linens for winter knits, bright and breezy blues for rusts and reds. Here are my top ten tips to up the Autumn in your home:

1. What colour instantly comes to mind when you think of Autumn? For most of us, it’s orange. Add a little September into your interiors with pops of colour, be it in the form of a new piece of artwork, a vase or two, or your soft furnishings.

2. Swap out your cushions. This has to be the quickest and easiest way to get some colour in, and change things up. Deep pumpkin orange is the perfect shade, and works beautifully if your neutrals are more beige-y warm tones. If you’re more of a cooler, grey or white neutral fan, then bright orange-orange is a fantastic match. And don’t be afraid to have fun with prints. One or two token ‘seasonal’ items such as pumpkin prints and plaids can really set the mood.

3. You shouldn’t stop at colour either. Texture is a big scene setter in décor. By switching out linens and cottons for knits and flannel, just in the same way you will with your wardrobe is really going to give that cozy feeling. I know I compare clothing and home interiors a lot, but it’s because it sets the right mood. If you love throwing on cable knit sweaters come this time of year, then you will also love snuggling up to a cable knit throw on your sofa.

4. Pumpkins. Of course. Be they real (lovely for table decorations, especially the tiny little mini ones) or not, there’s a huge selection out there. You don’t have to stop at pumpkins either, there are lots of fantastic, pretty gourds out there, that make wonderful decorations and just shout out that Autumn has arrived. And you can always go down the ceramic / wooden route and have décor items that you can bring out year after year.

5. Plaid is a very Autumnal pattern, don’t you think? If I think of a soft, warm flannel shirt, I’m thinking of this time of year. I’d love a rocking chair, and there’s just something about the image of a plaid blanket over a rocking chair that just screams cozy. And makes me think of warm mulled toddys. Ahhh.

6. DIY art work is also a great way to add some seasonal trend to your home. Whether you prefer to paint, outline, or decoupage, framing up a piece of your own art is a creative and affordable way to dress your home for the season. Think of woodland animals like foxes and squirrels, or pine cones and mushrooms for some great ideas.

7. Pimp your dining table. Yes, I really did just use that phrase. But adding checked napkins, cute acorn napkin rings, and fabulous fruit and floral centerpieces will bring a whole lot of warmth and season to the table, so much so, you probably won’t need anything else Autumnal in the dining room.

8. Adding natural elements will also bring the outdoors in. As I already mentioned with the pumpkins, what better way to celebrate this time of harvest than with a few natural items. But you can also switch out your floral displays for tall, twiggy branches, and add another twist of the outdoors.

9. A wreath is also a great idea. Be it on your front door, or inside, there are so many to choose from these days and countless tutorials online to make your own. In the UK, it’s very common to see wreaths at Christmas, but not so much in Autumn, which is such a shame, as with vibrant orange and gold accents, acorns and pinecones aplenty, they can be so damn pretty!

10. Last, but definitely not least, you want your home to smell like Autumn. If you don’t have time to bake pumpkin pie all day every day, grab yourself one of the hundreds of cozy, autumn scented candles out there. Almost every brand releases them this time of year, and you have such a huge selection to choose from. Whether you’re a typical spiced pumpkin fan, a creamy sugary spiced cookie person, Autumn leaves, cozy cashmere, brisk autumn air, spiced cider, whatever takes your fancy – there is an Autumn candle out there. Don’t think they’re all gourmand scents, there’s the fresh, and cozy scents as well.

So enjoy decorating your home and set the scene so that your indoors is resembling the outdoors. I’d love to know whether you like wreaths for Autumn wherever in the world you are, and also what your favorite Fall candle is, so please comment down below and let me know!

For now, with love,
Ellen

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