Some people dread the end of summer and the nights drawing in, but I have always seen Autumn as a new chapter to be welcomed. If Spring is new and fresh in nature, with it’s tiny buds and green shoots then to me this season always seems to bring with it newness in a different way. The new term at school with it’s unblemished school bags, squeaky shoes and oversized blazers or simply, as an adult, putting away the flip-flops and digging out the woolly socks, fluffy jumpers and wellies. While I adore being outside and enjoying all that the natural world has to offer, a crisp walk through the crunching golden leaves is made all the better with a warm fire, cosy blanket and twinkling candle light welcoming your return.
But if you’re not quite ready to dive headfirst into autumnal home decor, there are some subtler ways to cosy up your home without going full-on pumpkin spice.
If you’re someone who’s perpetually cold, you might keep throws or blankets nearby year-round. But if you haven’t thought about curling up on the sofa with a snuggly covering in quite some time, then consider this your reminder to pick up a cosy throw that will keep you nice and warm all season long. Be sure to choose one that complements your living room decor so you can casually drape it over the back of your sofa when it’s not in use. Swap out your summer cushions for ones with a autumnal colour palette to give your living room a seasonal feel. Opt for shades of rich reds, oranges, yellows and greens to give your sofa a quick refresh.
As the weather turns cooler, consider switching out your fresh flowers for faux blooms in warm tones or dried flowers and natural wreaths. As well as being seasonally appropriate, these options can be cost effective, given that they’ll last for months on end.
Candles are often overlooked as a decor piece, but they can change the whole atmosphere in a space almost instantly. Their smell can fill up a room with a secret scent, making it feel magical and atmospheric. So now is the right time to bring out the votives, hurricanes, tea light holders and candelabras. Oil lamps and battery or plug in led lights can also add some autumnal sparkle to those darker evenings. Choose bronze or brass hued accessories to give a warm glow or candles in rich tones such as amber or burgundy. Don’t forget the scent either, while we in the UK haven’t quite fallen for pumpkin-spice as much as our overseas cousins, we still love a warming aroma wafting through our homes. Think coffee bean, oak, tobacco, sandalwood, woodsmoke, orange or natural earthy scents like those from our new scented pillar candle range from St Eval.
If you're on a budget and wondering how you can do some autumnal decorating on the cheap, gather some leaves, pine cones, and branches from the garden and put them on display in a glass vase or bowl.
Embrace the season and cosy up for fall!