The autumn season is a period that brings with it darker nights and cooler temperatures. The leaves on the trees begin to change colour, and everything (including our homes and wardrobes) requires that extra level of cosiness.
In terms of autumn home decor, it’s all about making the move from summer and transforming your living spaces into areas that feel warm and cosy. Whether you’re revamping your entire home or updating one room, there are many routes you can take when it comes to changing your home décor.
If you need some inspiration as autumn looms, we’ve listed a few of our favourite ideas below, as well as some key things to think about…
Consider your budget
First things first, consider your budget. There’s little use looking at Pinterest design ideas that cost the earth if you only have a few pennies to work with. The key to sticking to a budget is planning. Mapping out every step of your autumn design overhaul will ensure you don’t overspend.
From the colour scheme to the furniture, to any manual labour you may need to hire, there are many aspects to consider – all of which need to be added to your plan of action.
Deep clean your home
Before beginning any decor work, it’s a good idea to deep clean your home. From the windows to the skirting boards, to areas that are commonly forgotten such as the tops of shelves and cupboards, styling a clean house is much easier than adding decor to areas covered in dust and dirt.
This is especially true if you’re planning on giving the place a fresh lick of paint. In terms of paint, consider rich autumnal hues such as orange, deep green, red and yellow. If you’re not sure you want to go all out, you could always create a feature wall instead of painting all four walls of the room.
Think about fragrances
Adding decor to your home doesn’t stop at appearances alone. It’s important to consider fragrance too. Investing in an autumn potpourri will help you to transform your home into an autumn-inspired space. Whether you opt for a bouquet of autumn blooms or create your own potpourri using a recipe found online, both make excellent centrepieces and add instant ambience to any room in the household.
Candles are a great shout too and they can instantly up autumnal ambience levels in the evenings, providing both a strong scent and something fantastic to look at.
Add cushions and throws to the mix
If you’re trying to stick to a smaller budget, adding a handful of hot-hued cushions and throws to the living room or bedroom is an easy and instant way to update your home decor without breaking the bank. You can even make your own covers and add them to existing cushions, or alternatively, visit markets and charity shops – there are numerous places to shop on a budget, and many of these items are almost brand new!
If you’re feeling creative, fashion your own covers out of old throws, scraps of material and pillows you already own.
Create a feature wall
Picking a wall in any room in your household and adding a new colour to it is a great way to update the entire style and feel of the room. For autumn, opt for richer shades and warm hues such as orange, gold, yellow and rich greens. Alternatively, choose a radiant, vibrant, hue-rich wallpaper that screams autumn!
If creating a feature wall only, you can often get away with using samples, which can be sourced from your local DIY store. These are much cheaper (and are sometimes even free) than investing in huge rolls of wallpaper, much of which will often go to waste.
Another way to inject a little autumn decor into your home involves adding new artwork to the walls. Again, pick paintings and prints boasting beautiful autumnal shades and place them in dominant spots in the household, such as on the stairwell, above the mantelpiece, above the bed or next to the dining room table.
Make these appear more expensive than they are by adding embellished frames to the mix. These can be sourced from markets and charity stores for a fraction of the price of what you’d pay for new frames. You can even paint those you already own or add a rustic feel with the likes of chalk paint.
Transform your bedroom with new bedding
Replace tired or plain bedding with a beautiful new bedspread boasting brighter, richer hues. Alternatively, keep the white sheets and inject a splash of bold colour with a throw or cushions. This small change can create an entirely new look in a matter of minutes and doesn’t need to cost too much either!