As the weather turns and the nights draw in, it’s time to curl up and get cosy at home. We asked Steph Briggs, co-founder of the award winning interior retailer La Di Da Interiors, for her top six tips on how to make your home perfect for autumn.
Navy blue has been the most popular colour trend of 2021, making it an ideal colour to move into autumn and winter with. Whether your main base colour is navy blue, a pale neutral or grey you can add an earthy autumnal tone to cosy up any interior for autumn.
This year's most fashionable colour is tobacco. It's all over the catwalks and it’s tumbling into our homes too. Tan brown doesn't need to be dull or retro, these beautiful amber glass vases are the perfect example of how to bring a touch of tobacco into your room. Also look for rusty reds, deep mustard ochres and jewel inspired teal blues, all of which pair well with navy midnight blues.
Layer it up
Get tactile with layering whilst adding texture: A chunky knit throw, soft sheepskin rugs, blankets over beds, luscious velvet cushions, and rugs or carpets on hard floors, adds warmth visually and comfort. Create additional layers with lighting; we adore these battery-operated lamps that mean they can be placed on a shelf, bookcase or table, without the worry of being near a plug socket or trailing wires. In soft muted colours, they give a cosy glow that adds light and shade to any area.
Table lamps can make a real statement; look for metallic bases that will also reflect a diffused light to create atmosphere. Quirky animal lamps, such as this giraffe, are functional, fun and bring bags of personality to a gloomy corner.
Sherpa and teddy fleece are very on trend this year; if you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, add in a cushion, throw or footstool to stay ahead of the crowd.
As the green gardens start to fade, there isn’t a better time to have a hint of fresh green décor inside. A botanical display adds texture, interest and colour to any interior, but out of season fresh flowers are expensive, both financially and environmentally.
Invest in quality faux florals for an everlasting display that can be changed seasonally for low maintenance and a more eco approach.
The coming of autumn means it’s time to ramp up the home fragrance selection. Scent plays a huge part in our homes; often overlooked but scents can act as a budget-friendly way of updating your home which reflects the change in season. Swap summery scents for more spicier notes.
Pack away summer scents, such as coconut and citrus, and look for fragrances that create the feeling of autumn. Aromatherapy based scents with an earthy note work well, such as sandalwood, or comforting scents like vanilla.
Wax melts are a wonderful way to increase the scent in a room for a few hours. The soft glow of a lit tea light, not only looks nice, but creates an atmospheric aroma which can be ritualistic and calming.
Light the fire
If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your living room, now is the time to make it shine.
Make it a mesmerising focal point, fill up the log basket (or maybe invest in a new one if it’s looking tired), string up twinkling fairy lights amongst foliage and add candles to the mantle. A bottle of designer matches and a few of your favourite ornaments and you’re good to go.
Plump up the bedroom
Going to bed should be a luxurious experience – particularly in winter. Refresh the pillows and add an extra layer or two to keep it cosy and super comfy. Checks and tweed conjure up images of being snuggled fire-side, so it’s important to make the perfect interior choice for this time of year. Layer up the bed with jewel toned bedlinen and soft patterned throws for an extra cosy feel.
If you enjoyed this blog, you might also like Steph’s ‘ultimate guide to painting furniture’ or John Lewis’ ‘how to design your living room’.