With autumn/winter ’15 creeping closer, in the UK we’ll soon be faced with dipping temperatures, crunchy leaves lining the pavements, and the evenings getting darker. Whilst summer may be slipping away, the home birds amongst us will be looking forward to cosying up by the fire again, but with the additional time spent indoors, it’s nice to spruce up your interiors to suit the season.
A seasonal spruce up doesn’t need to cost the earth, so we’re focusing on adding different textures to a room to help it feel cosier in preparation for the colder months.
Switching out your cushion covers for some soft, wool mix ones will instantly create a cosy autumnal feel in any bedroom or living room. Large, cable knit ones can work well for a more statement look, or you can opt for something a little more understated depending on your personal style.
The same goes for blankets and throws, which when draped over an armchair or at the foot of a bed can soften the feel of any room, instantly making it feel cosier. It’s always a good idea to have soft blankets and throws to hand as the weather gets colder, especially if your sofas are made from leather, which can sometimes feel a little chilly.
These small touches can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you choose, so if you’re just looking to add a little something to a room without spending a fortune, opt for a mid-range wool mix which will achieve the desired effect without costing too much. A good place to start is the H&M Home range, which has a large range of trend-led wool mix blankets and cushion covers.
Sturdy, earthy materials like solid wood can add a real autumnal feel to a room when incorporated alongside other textures.
Whether you opt for some inexpensive wooden accessories like display bowls or go for something bigger and invest in a solid piece of quality oak furniture that will last for years to come, adding wood to your interiors can bring that rustic autumnal feel from the outdoors in.
A heavy wooden framed mirror can function as a happy medium between saving and splurging when it comes to adding this texture to your home. When you’re looking for solid wood furniture, it can often be cheaper to steer clear of the high street giants and look to smaller online retailers like Oak Furniture UK, who tend to offer a better level of customer service as well as better value.
Textures don’t have to be soft to add a little warmth to a room; metallic accents in gold, copper and bronze can all add to the rustic, cosy feel of any room for autumn/winter ’15.
Metallics work best when incorporated subtly, so consider some accessories like copper candlestick holders, a bronze statement light fitting, or a gold vase. The best thing about adding metallics to your home décor is that it can be achieved with a simple can of spray paint.
Stock up on a few colours and finishes and reinvent some old accessories that have seen better days. If you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials to help you out; try starting out with this one from Lowe’s.