We’re taking inspiration from autumnal colours this week as the days get darker and the Christmas season approaches. Warm, darker tones for home decor work all year round, though there’s something extra cosy about them in the colder months. Here’s some Pinterest-worthy ideas for autumnal interior aesthetics that’ll inspire plans for your own place.
How do you get an autumn aesthetic?
The most effective way to achieve an autumn aesthetic in your home is through clever use of colour. Try experimenting with warmer shades like red, dark green, brown or mustard, and steer clear of cooler shades like light green, purple and blue. Warm colours have been proven to make interiors feel welcoming and cosy.
Welcome the new season with an all-over wall makeover. Follow an autumnal aesthetic colour palette of warm tones that’ll work all-year round. To refresh your space in this way, consider the colour of your current furniture. For a bolder look, contrast your wall colours with the furniture, or for a more subtle change, opt for laidback neutrals.
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This plaster pink and red mix of colours makes the room feel more inviting as the colder months come along. Extending the lighter paint colour to the ceiling creates a cosy feel without being overpowering. Recreate the look in your own home by painting ceilings in earthy colours where there’s plenty of natural light.
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Limewash effect might be more commonly associated with Mediterranean style interiors, but it can work for a cosier winter style too. This room uses a deep emerald green to compliment the mid-century style furniture. For sideboard areas where decorative pieces are displayed, a complimentary shade on the walls creates an effective backdrop.
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This neutral colour celebrates rich caramel tones and works well to create natural cosy shadows in the archway of the room. Autumnal colours don’t have to be bright. If you’re firmly in the neutral zone, taking your favourite colours a few shades darker is enough to begin creating a comfortable, warmer feel. Avoid greys or other neutrals with blue undertones to make sure your room doesn’t end up feeling cold.
As the biggest item in your living room, your sofa or armchair colour is the base for everything else. Choose a comfortable sofa or armchair style that’s ideal for laidback wintery Sunday afternoons reading a book or catching up on a must-see series.
Dark colours don’t have to compromise on being bright. This mid-century sofa in Mustard makes for the perfect living room statement. Recreate this look yourself by choosing a soft-to-touch velvet sofa in a mid-century style. Combined with traditional wood panelling, this room’s made for staying indoors and getting stuck into a good book in the colder months.
This look combines traditional and contemporary for an autumnal look that works all year round. Tick off neutrals with a Chestnut faux leather sofa that reminds us of cosy country homes. Elevate the cottage aesthetic by adding some accent cushions or a faux sheepskin blanket for added comfort.
Create a cosy corner for reading, listening to music or working on a hobby this autumn. The warm tones and comfy cushions of this Brick red armchair are perfect for this time of year. Choosing a soft velvet fabric enhances the comfortable feeling even more.
Decorative object colours
Play with comfort colours in ways that don’t involve fabrics. Swap out existing decorative objects around the home with understated seasonal ones - they don’t have to be over-the-top to have an impact. Less is more when it comes to seasonal decor around your home.
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Dress up your mantlepiece with candles, sweeping foliage arrangements and natural textured objects in autumn-inspired colours. When styling areas like this, choose a couple of main colours and experiment with different shades to create depth.
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Give your coffee table a little love and swap out mugs with on-trend tinted glassware for the winter season. Small details can make all the difference when creating an autumnal aesthetic. Play with amber tones in glassware, vases and decorations that’ll compliment the rest of the space.
Arrangement by Jess Blume
If fresh flowers make a regular appearance in your home, consider swapping your usual bunch of blues, light greens and peach pink florals for something more seasonal. Wildflowers and locally-sourced stems are a great sustainable way to decorate your space with comfort colours throughout autumn and winter.
Switching up your cushions with the seasons is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways of changing the overall feel of your space. Introduce comfort colours to your living room by adding scatter cushions in rich autumnal colours.
This light grey sofa is brightened up for the winter season thanks to the addition of a colourful cushion and a soft throw. Work with similar tones as the walls to create an inviting space to relax in until summer comes back around.
For a more contrasting look, combine warm colours at different ends of the spectrum. To recreate this look for autumn, think about referencing other colours in the room in your textiles. Here, the green cushion is a nod to the garden view and indoor plants, and there’s some matching going on with threads of red in the cosy throw. Perfect for cuddling up.
For the neutral fans out there, consider trialling a pop of colour. This leafy auburn cushion colour brings this living room into the new season and contrasts with the natural texture of the linen sofa. To recreate this with your own neutral colour sofa, choose an earthy colour for a Pinterest-worthy autumnal look in seconds.
How can you make a modern home feel cosy?
- Decorate with warm-toned colours
- Soften sleek lines with cosy textured blankets
- Use cosier textures like jute, wool and boucle
- Create a cosy glow with dimmed lamps
What are autumn colours for decorating?
- Burgundy red
- Vine green
- Chestnut brown
- Mustard Yellow
- Pumice Beige