After a very turbulent few months in regard to weather, we can safely say that Autumn is well and truly here.
Whilst the weather outside might be cold, wet and windy, it gives us the opportunity to make our homes the complete opposite.
As some of our favourite names in showbiz start taking a huge interest in home interiors, everyone’s been feeling the pressure to revamp their home spaces.
OK! got some tips from Ash Reed, who is an interiors expert and also the founder of furniture and interiors store Living Cozy.
The homeware genius revealed that although pumpkins are still centre-stage for Fall and Halloween-inspired home decor, “there are a variety of trending seasonal accents that you can add to your home.”
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These can vary from “festive wreaths to autumnal tablescaping, golden-toned lights and dried botanicals”, which can be used to “create a warm and cosy oasis in every room.”
Ash stated that hiring a profession in order to incorporate autumn is unnecessary, and that a big budget isn’t a requirement either.
She added: “There are many budget-friendly seasonal pieces that you can add to your living space”.
So whilst we’d all undoubtedly love to have Vicky Pattison and Stacey Solomon’s bank accounts and interior designing skills, we don’t actually need them!
Here are Ash’s expert tips so you too can transform your home into an autumnal escape…
Spice up your flower display
Dried flowers and grasses, also known as ‘everlastings’, can be used to make beautiful autumn displays.
The low maintenance flowers are also perfect for those that struggle to maintain fresh flowers.
The most popular dried plants this autumn include eucalyptus, roses, helichrysum and pampas grass.
Ash suggests “If you don’t fancy purchasing dried flowers you could always have a go at drying your own.
Hang your tied flowers upside down in a well-ventilated, dark room for 2-3 weeks.
Once dried, spray with unscented hairspray for protection and arrange!”
Add a pop of colour to your home
Neutral tones have been dominating the interior scene in 2021, however, to really make a change, why not introduce a pop of colour into your home for the autumn season.
The classic autumnal colour palette references shades of red, orange and yellow, mimicking colour the transformations we see outside.
Ash says: “A pop of colour can easily be introduced by switching out your sofa cushions, or investing in a piece of colourful art.”
Decorate with candles
The spookiest season of the year requires some good mood lighting, and candles can certainly help to create the perfect atmosphere.
Not only are candles versatile, with designs to fit every room, but they also create a cosy ambience and the essential oils within them can help to relax and lift your spirits.
Why not opt for scented candles and truly transform your home into an autumnal sense sensation.
Ash comments: “Autumnal candle favourites include pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
If you don’t like the idea of burning real candles you can always opt for a flameless candle instead, designed to imitate the warm glow of candlelight.”
Layer up on fabrics
Embracing a mixture of textures and tones can bring warmth and comfort to your home.
Layers are synonymous with the autumnal season; from fluffy rugs to patterned pillows, textiles have a cosy appeal, and can even help to add a sense of personality to your home.
Ash explains: “Layering throws is an easy way to incorporate different textures, and not only will they help to keep you warm but they can also quickly revamp a piece of furniture.”
Get creative with autumn tablescaping
Tablescaping is an interior hack that has quickly grown in popularity this year.
The modern term sees tables decorated with an abundance of accessories, including perfectly placed crockery, autumn flower arrangements, flickering candles and pumpkin place settings.
Take a look at #tablescaping on Pinterest for some great inspiration! You could even have a go at DIY-ing your own table centerpiece, incorporating foraged foliage and fairy lights.
Work with natural textures
One of 2021’s biggest interior trends has been the incorporation of natural elements and textures, and autumn definitely provides the ideal opportunity to get creative.
Pinecones, conkers, nuts and even apples can be used to decorate your home.
Whether you choose to spray paint them, add touches of glitter or leave them natural, decorating for autumn can be easy when you bring the outdoors in!
Add a little bouclé
‘Bouclé’, or ‘teddy bear’ fabrics are a firm Instagram favourite this season, with over 170K posts dedicated to the fleecy textures.
Derived from the French word meaning “curled”, bouclé is the textile of the moment and is commonly used for upholstery, throws and drapes – adding a ‘snuggly’ yet ‘sophisticated’ style to your home.
Have a go at doorscaping
“This year’s new craze is autumn ‘doorscaping’, with household names such as Stacey Solomon and Zoe Sugg leading the way,” said Ash.
She continues: “Doorscaping can be as simple as adding an autumnal wreath or doormat to your front door, or if you’re going all out this season, entirely dressing your porch with pumpkins, hay barrels and dried corn stalks.”
Introduce minimalist wallpapers
Plain and minimalist wallpaper designs are becoming more desirable for décor enthusiasts, and they can be a great way to completely transform your home for the colder seasons.
Minimalist wallpaper doesn’t have to be completely plain, as Ash says: “Artistic wallpaper can give your room personality, without stealing the focus.
“Scandinavian-inspired wallpaper is the favourite style this autumn, with focus on simple patterns and soft, muted colour palettes”.
Don’t forget the pumpkins!
Pumpkins typically take centre stage when it comes to autumn decor, and this year is no exception.
Whether you choose to incorporate a classic pumpkin theme, carving or painting spooky creations, or you choose to decorate with subtle ceramic pumpkin displays, the seasonal squash is always a must-have for autumn interior.
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