Completely redecorating rooms to fit the time of year is a somewhat impractical task in most cases, not to mention a costly and extravagant undertaking. However, celebrating the cooler months and updating the look of your home is effective with a few elementary decor moves that embrace autumn, creating a cosy aesthetic with a nod to fall’s bounty and beauty.
A few subtle shifts in a room’s accessories can give any space a fall feel without seriously depleting decorating dollars. The adition of small decor and homewares pieces promise modest, yet instant updates, that work together simultaneously to grand effect. Replace the oak accents of summer decor with moody metals, such as the materiality found in a set of Deer Head Bookends; wrought in onyx-hued aluminium for the deeper light of autumn and winter months, and in the living room or bedroom, cushions in rich, deep colours promise to update sofas, chairs and sleeping spaces with a cosy autumnal touch. My Beauvais Cushion features a traditional print painted in rich, metallic copper tones reminiscent of rustling fallen leaves and cloudy sunsets. Sumptuous velvets, furs and wools are a must for the cooler months and all too easy to add to interior schemes via my Avallon Reversible Cushion, which pairs soft velvet neutrals on one side with a coordinating linen on the other, making the switch between summer and winter decor practically effortless. Of course, the wool upholstered seat of my Santa Monica Iron Branch Stool takes this decorating tip one step further...
Crisp evenings call for creature comforts indoors; piling on the scatter cushions and pulling those tactile throws down from storage shelves to dress your living room and bedroom in simple luxury promises a welcoming and restful autumn interior indeed.
Naturally, the cooler months bring with them fewer hours of sunshine, so the introduction of additional floor and table lamps to illuminate newly shady corners around the home is imperative in creating an inviting interior. Featuring bare branches in textured iron, the whimsical Twiggy Table Lamp is an all together obvious choice to add light on autumn evenings, while the warm metallic base of the Ferrier Brass Table Lamp draws on the surrounding light sources to seemingly glow. And for an accent lamp that offers both form and function, take a look at the Vilanova Desk Lamp, which also features copper in an elegant, two-toned design that encourages industriousness in the home office even though the days are growing shorter.
Similarly, my Avery Copper Floor Lamp, featuring a distinctive base in an on-trend matte copper finish, mimics the palette outdoors while the metallic base amplifies light qualities indoors.
Perhaps you leave your floors bare in the spring and summer to create a minimalist look and as a practical provision when sun – and sand – are the order of the day. Cooler weather signals the time to unroll stored rugs to provide comfort and insulation as well as a cosier aesthetic. As activities shift away from the lazing away the summer days at the beach, toward cooler weather weekend winery tours in the Yarra Valley, you’ll crave a warmer return to home.
So, whether your summer and spring flooring consists of bare boards or rugs that are light in both colour and weight, consider introducing substantial rugs in darker hues for fall and winter. Tufted rugs and woven wool textures are first choice for both aesthetics and cozy atmosphere; my Willow Ropeweave Rug resembles a woven wool throw for the ultimate in winter (floor) dressing.
Autumn offers beautiful natural elements that can be rummaged from the bountiful outdoors. To add fall flavour indoors, consider showcasing seasonal fruits a-top a rich toned communal dining table or as a seasonal accent to the Manhattan Dark Oak Console, serving as both functional and flattering to all décor schemes.
Similarly, branches with intact colourful fall foliage creates a striking addition to a dining setting, adding autumn-themed interest to your next dinner party. Or juxtapose candles with acorns and bright berries atop the mirrored Chablis Tray to create a warm centrepiece perfect for autumn entertaining.
A smaller seating option like the Lexington Chair, with its minimalist metal frame and light-coloured upholstery is a perfect match for almost any interior in spring and summer. Yet, for ultimate comfort, autumn calls for a cozy place to curl up by the first fire of the season. On these occasions, discerning decorators with the space to store seasonal seating might opt to bring out my Bellevue Chair, which showcases rolled arms, button tufting and all the benefits of generous proportions. Upholstered in a deep, taupe velvet, the Bellevue Chair provides elements of texture and comfort that make it the perfect place to settle in for a relaxing autumn evening at home.
No matter how many seasonal strategies you decide to employ in the creation of an inviting autumn home, rest assured decorating for the cooler months needn't warrant a total furnishing overhaul of living rooms, dining spaces and bedrooms. Consider switching linens to velvets in a variety of rooms, opting for autumnal accessories, adding warmth with rugs and extra lighting, decorating with natural elements, or even introducing a sumptuous new piece, after all, the cooler weather dictates many more hours spent indoors...How do you introduce fall flair to your interiors? Leave me a comment below sharing your autumn inspiration: