Autumn is (finally) here. The clocks have changed, leaves are falling off the trees and it's time to ready ourselves for winter. Envisage yourself snuggling up on the sofa by a roaring log fire, drawing the curtains and settling down to watch the latest box set. So here at The Wooden Furniture Store, we've put together our top tips on how to create a cosy and stylish home this autumn.
Add a textured knit
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Nothing says cosy quite like curling up under a big, heavy blanket so embrace the feeling this autumn with supersized knitted blankets and throws. We love the sumptuous feeling of a chunky knit and think they are an ideal companion for a chilly autumn evening. A statement throw can instantly transform the look and feel of your living room (at minimal cost) and temporarily add a splash of seasonal colour too.
Cheer up your front door
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Autumn is the perfect time to spruce up your front door. Try adding a fresh autumn wreath to your door to welcome guests to your home. Wreaths aren't just for Christmas, they makes a terrific first impression and again are a low-cost way to change outdoor home decor with the season.
Make space for the wellies!
The hallway needs a seasonal overhaul. Put away sandals and sun hats until the spring and organise space for heavier coats that your family will need for the winter. What about investing in a extra large Mobel Oak shoe cupboard? It's the perfect hallway storage solution and not only has space for everyone's shoes but also includes a rail for umbrellas, plus a basket for gloves, hats and scarves. There's even enough room for everyone’s wellies to be neatly stored inside after a muddy autumn walk, as one of the shelves is adjustable.
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As the nights start to creep in and the days are darker, great lighting becomes even more essential. There’s nothing better than getting home on a dark winter’s evening and turning on the lights to give your home a warm and cosy glow. From ceiling lights to lamps, lighting plays a big part in our home during the autumn and winter months. Consider mixing different styles with complementary tones or mixed metals to make a statement and brighten up the evenings. Lamps create a much softer glow than an overhead light, making the room look and feel much warmer.
A change of colour
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If you’ve been thinking your living room just isn’t quite right, now is the time to choose a new colour scheme and freshen things up before Christmas. According to Pantone, next season will be about grey interiors. So get ahead of the trend and paint your living room a dark grey shade. The colour will envelope the space to create a cocooning effect - we particular love grey teamed with rich, jewel shades, for a totally sophisticated and luxe effect!
A new fragrance
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When creating a certain vibe for your home, it’s easy to forget about scents but it’s actually one of the first things people seem to pick up on! Updating your home fragrance is a simple yet effective way to welcome the new season with a nod to autumnal hues. Look for scents combining bergamot, frankincense and amber, which are ideal to capture the aroma of a crackling open fire. Candles can be a good option but we think to give your home a constant, subtle scent, a reed diffuser is perfect.
Add a statement piece of furniture
A whole room can be quickly transformed by investing in a statement piece of furniture to embrace this season's trends. (We've already written a blog about the top 7 interior trends for autumn). Consider adding an occasional chairs that have a wow factor or choose a piece of furniture made from rustic wood will add texture to a room. Our brand new Coastal Chic collection includes this large sideboard which is crafted from recycled wood sourced from Southern India. Filled with character, each piece in the range combines reclaimed wood with welded cast iron to add industrial edge to its rustic design.
Cosy up your bedroom
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Turn your bedroom into a warm, restful haven this winter. Your bed is the biggest (and most visually impactful) thing in your bedroom, so switching your bedding will have a huge effect on the feel of the room. Soft, brushed cotton sheets and duvet covers are great for a really cosy feeling in bed. Then add lots of texture to give your bed a warmer look as well as keeping you comfortable. This could be a knitted throw, fake fur or even velvet cushions in a seasonal colour.
A nod to the party season
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Get party ready in advance of the festive season by indulging in the trend for metallics. A metallic accent has a warming effect in any room, whether it's a series of copper framed mirrors on a bare space of wall that needs a little lift, or for a more subtle effect, use bronze touches on door knobs, drawer pulls and light switches.
Hopefully, you’ve found some useful tips and practical advice that you can use in your own home to get that ultimate autumnal feel! How would you create a cosy and stylish home this autumn? Leave a comment and let us know below!