1. Cushions and Throws
Pack summer vibrancy away –
Use soft chunky textured knits and faux fur cushions and throws.
COST SAVING HINT: You can save costs by removing the current cushion covers and replacing them with new ones.
Style them on your beds and couches.
Roll up a couple of soft warm throws and style them in a sisal basket next to an accent chair.
2. Dreamy Colours of Autumn
Invite the warm soothing palette of autumn colours into your home. Choose accessories that vibrate natural whites, coral tones (which by the way is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2019), soft terracotta, sage, neutral colours, hues of grey, scarlet, browns, green, orange, blue, gold and yellows.
Become one with nature. Nature dictates the best colours. Pick up an autumn leaf. Study the colours that are so vibrantly displayed in the autumn sun and you will see some if not all of the colours mentioned here.
3. Go Natural or Naturally Synthetic
For your rugs, decorative cushions, throws etc. choose natural materials such as cotton, wool, cashmere, jute (for rugs) and leather or if you prefer synthetic materials with natural look and feel.
Mix and match textures.
Store away the current throw on your couch or bed and replace it with a bulky knitted throw in a winter colour.
Replace the current vibrant decorative cushion covers, with covers made from faux fur and leather in softer tones against a backdrop of rustic winter red or terracotta and green knitted covers.
4. Don’t Forget the Candles and the Wonderful Fragrances of Autumn
Candles simply add atmosphere and give off a warm inviting glow.
When candles are placed on a shiny surface, for instance, a glass top coffee table their light is reflected and create an ambiance of relaxation and cosiness.
Autumn not only brings about a change of season and colour and temperature, but it also brings about fragrances of pine, cedarwood, cinnamon, wild orange and fir.
For a couple of dollars, you can invest in an essential oil diffuser, scented candles, essential oil burner or potpourri. If you are a DIY enthusiast you can even, make your own scented candles and potpourri.
5. Showcase Autumn with Simple In-Season Arrangements
Get your creative juices flowing by arranging autumn loved green foliage such as eucalyptus branches and in season flowers such as Dahlias, Chrysanthemums and Echinacea (just to name a few) in copper vases. Copper vases add a rich warmth to autumn décor/accessories and reflect light.
Even placing a small arrangement of eucalyptus in the bathroom will permeate a fresh smell.
Succulents, whether real or artificial in rustic earthy or wooden containers will add to the autumn appeal.
Bundle a few boughs of eucalyptus together, and hang them from the shower arm, away from the water stream, for a soothing aromatherapy shower.
6. Plaids and Stripes
As with colours, patterns are seasonal too. Floral pattern and bright colours ring in summer. Plaids and stripes in warm colours are associated with your autumn and winter seasons.
Roll up and store your summer rug. Introduce a rug made of wool with bold stripes and warm autumn colours.
Maybe change the side table lamp shade to one in hues of dark yellow and change the light bulb to a softer tone.
Perhaps choose a patterned or burnt orange coloured throw to complement the autumn theme.
7. Artwork and Mirrors
The rich golden colours of autumn can be portrayed in artwork in your living areas. When framed in dark wood or gold colour, this will magnify the beautiful autumn season indoors.
You may even choose to swap artwork in your lounge or dining area with a mirror. This too will reflect warmth and soft light.