Ok, so it’s not exactly cold yet, but now we’re in autumn it won’t be long before you feel the urge to tuck into slow cooked stews and snuggle up with a DVD. If you (like our Rowena!) can’t start a season without moving furniture around, here are six fantastic and simple ways to make your home feel cosy this autumn.
Weaker sunlight can make pastels look washed out, and bright summer shades look garish. Autumn calls for deeper tones and richer shades. Grey is the hottest colour in interiors at the moment, and it looks fantastic when paired with yellow, navy, and white. Dark colours visually bring walls toward you, which can feel either cosy or claustrophobic depending on the dimensions of your room. If you’re not willing or able to paint your walls, use accessories such as throws, prints, and cushions to update the look.
Texture is key when it comes to feeling cosy. You can have the warmest colours on the spectrum, but you’ll still feel cold if they’re in a lightweight silk or cotton. Nubby chunky knits, woollen blankets, and cheap and cheerful fleece are all fantastic fabrics. Those handy with a sewing machine will find it a cinch to turn old jumpers into funky cushion covers, or just head to Target where these cable knit ones are $20, and the yellow ones are $25.
A sumptuous shaggy rug to sink your feet into is another stylish way to cosyfy (yes, we’re sure that’s a word) your living room or bedroom. If shagpile doesn’t do it for you, how about this super soft sheepskin rug? Snug Australia have them from $79.
Rearranging your furniture can complete transform the feeling of a room. Summer décor is all about open spaces for cool breezes to circulate, but changing the position of a couch can create an enclosed space that minimises drafts and helps keep you warm.
It’s time to pack away your citrus scented candles and reach for something a little more seasonal. We adore Jo Malone Pear and Freesia, but they cost a bomb. A less expensive but no less fragrant version are candles and diffusers from Glasshouse. Aspen (sandalwood, vetiver and amber) or Monte Carlo (fig and guava) are both gorgeous. Candles cost $39.95.
Is there anything nicer than drifting off to sleep in a warm and comfortable bed, listening to the sound of the wind and rain? Get your bed ready for early nights and late mornings with fresh bedding. We would live in Pottery Barn if we could! How fab are these quilt covers?
You can’t be IKEA if you’re on a tight budget. How about this Gurli grey knitted throw for $19.99, or the Hermine check throw for $29.99
You can see that with a few simple changes you can transform your summer pad into a welcoming winter retreat.
Also, a lot of the time the first step in a good home refresh is to get rid of any clutter. See our post on reducing clutter in your home before you start on revamping your house.
Will you be making any changes to your décor this season?