Some of us really like to delve headfirst into our seasons and festivals; if you’re the type to drape bunting around your kitchen in the summer and post little yellow chicks in every nook and cranny during Easter, then it’s likely you’ll also be the one collecting pine cones and conkers for Autumn! Foods of course change due to their seasonal availability (although in the UK we’re pretty good at importing these goods from elsewhere) and our tastes change due to the climate – our bodies crave more sugary comforting foods when the weather gets colder. Fashions change massively during this period too, replacing our lightweight pastel fabrics with heavy knits in luxurious gemstone shades. So it’s totally normal to feel sick of all your summery ornamental pineapples when you reach October – honest.
But how do you make your home feel ready for fall? For the months of crisp air and golden leaves, harvest festival and hibernation preparation…all the squirrels are readying their nests for the inevitable winter, so how do we? Have a look at some of our tips on how to make your home feel and look autumnal!
How to Make Your Home look Autumnal
Paint your Pumpkins
If orange doesn’t quite fit into your colour scheme then why not decorate your pumpkins with one that does! These white pumpkins are bound to fit into any background and look lovely as a centrepiece for your dining table under layers of foliage.
Blankets and Textiles
One of the best tips for interchangeable season interiors, is to focus on your soft furnishings as these are the easiest things to pack away and replace. Consider your pillowcases, tablecloths/runners and throws. Select autumnal colours from a palette of browns, oranges, reds and golds to bring the leafy outdoor aesthetic into your blankets! If you’re creative you can always sew your own!
Autumn has always appeared to me to be the season most associated with the changes in nature, so bringing the natural outdoors indoors, seems like a great idea to harness that magical time in your home. These rustic bed frames from Eat Sleep Live are made with reclaimed wood found in old historical buildings that is repurposed to create beautiful handmade tables, chairs, desks and other furniture.
Autumnal Table Settings
Think coasters, mats, napkins, napkin-ties, candles, centrepieces, etc. incorporating natural elements such as berries, dried fruit, conkers, pine cones, woven baskets, textural fabrics, twigs and wooden place settings. Of course you can tailor your meals to match too! The modern way to impress guests is to keep things personal – using chalkboard paint and calligraphy, customise your table settings to say your guests’ names or leave them messages!
To really implement a cosy feel to your home this autumn, make use of your heat and light sources! Really go to town with your fireplace – keep logs burning and the scents of cinnamon and apple drifting through the air by using scented candles. Drape twinkling fairy lights around your living room for some extra sparkly enchantment!
October 4, 2016