6 ways to update your living room for autumn
Cosy up your living room for autumn with these top styling tips.
Image: Vanessa Arburthnott
The seasons are changing and it’s time to welcome autumn with open arms. With help from interior designer Vanessa Arbuthnott, we’ve come up with some styling ideas to transition your living room from summer into autumn.
1. Home fragrance
Update your home fragrancde in time for autumn to get you in the mood for the new season. The ambience of your room is identified by the scent, and you can find one which not only matches the season but the décor of your room. Go for rich and warm scents combining bergamot, frankincense and amber, to match the autumn landscape outdoors and sit well with an open fireplace. Or, opt for a fresher scent which features eucalyptus and rosemary.
2. Add rugs to hard flooring
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During the summer, hard words and tiled floors are great. When autumn approaches and the temperature drops, they can feel less comfortable and make rooms seem much colder. Adding a large rug can give your living room extra texture and warmth. Keep it neutral with a plain colour or a light pattern. You can change the entire ambience by picking a bright coloured abstract rug, but be sure to choose one that suits your personal style.
3. Mood lighting
The end of summer means the beginning of shorter days and darker afternoons. This is a great opportunity to get working on indoor light to find the perfect ambience. A scented candle is excellent mood-setter for your living room. If you have a fireplace, make this your primary light source for cold evenings Low light form table lamps are an excellent addition, use warm LED light bulbs to add additional warmth and comfort to your room, the more yellow the light, the cosier you will feel.
4. Soft furnishings
A cosy room isn’t complete without extra throws and pillows you can cuddle up to! If you have a leather or bright coloured sofa, opt for neutral or contrasting dark shades to tone your living room and make it weather appropriate. Buy a few textured throws and matching pillows, layer them up or drape them over the arms. Not only does it help keep you warm, but it also looks inviting. Oranges, reds and caramel are great tones for this time of the year, they will transform your sofa and indeed the whole room.
5. Woodland motifs
Bring the autumn woodland landscape inside by accessorising your soft furnishings with forest animal prints and natural organic shapes. Nature inspired schemes are popular during autumn with rabbits, deer and owls setting the scene and providing a peaceful vibe. Incorporate these motifs with warm reds and golds and neutrals.
6. Update your curtains
The season change is a great opportunity to get yourself a new pair of curtains. When it gets dark and rainy outside, drawing your curtains can make your living room warmer and cosier. For autumn/winter, beautiful linen curtains with insulating inter lining are a must. Again, choose warm colours such as reds and oranges to create the ultimate warm ambience.
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