Autumn, or fall, as it is known in the US, is a great time for cosy living, and it’s also an excellent time to think about how you can make your home feel warmer and more comfortable. It may now feel that winter is upon us, but winter doesn’t begin until December 21st (In the UK). It is one of my favourite seasons, mainly because it’s my birthday season but also because it’s that transition season when out come the cosy fires, coffee and thousands of reasons to stay at home with a good book! I also love the dramas and documentaries that appear this time of the year on television. So I thought I’d share some ideas to get you started and make your home cosy this autumn.
1. Add some colour with a splash of paint.
Paint your walls a bright shade of red or orange. You can use any paint, but a bold colour will bring out the season’s warmth. The best thing about autumn is that there are many ways to add extra cheer to your home without spending too much money. One of the easiest things you can do is to change the colour of your walls.
If going bold is too much, try a warm grey or brown instead if you want a subtler look or paint a feature wall in a room you want to spend more time in. We find that the autumn months are the best time to touch up paintwork, add a bit more spice to a room and make sure it’s all ready before Christmas comes around.
2. Create a warm welcome with a welcoming rug.
If you want to create a cosy home this autumn, consider adding a welcoming rug to your living space. Rugs are easy to clean and add warmth to any room. You can choose from many different styles, patterns, and sizes. The best thing about rugs is that they can be used year-round. For example, if you live in a cold climate, you could use a wool rug in winter and a synthetic rug in spring and summer.
We have carpets in our main living areas for warmth and comfort and have large rugs to add that extra warmth and cosy feel. I am a sucker for a wool rug in winter!
3. Bring out the candles.
There are many ways to use candles in your home, from adding ambience to decorating your table during dinner parties to lighting scented votives while watching TV. You can create a romantic setting by using pillar candles in a chandelier shape, or you can choose a variety of tea lights to illuminate a room. Try placing several large pillar candles around your dining table to create a festive atmosphere. Place a few votive candles throughout your house for a more subtle effect.
Candles are some of the easiest ways to create warmth in the autumn months, but let’s consider safety; no one wants their curtains catching on fire or their bathroom towels. I’ve recently moved all my candles to battery-operated tea lights and pillar candles, You don’t get the pretty scents, but they are aesthetically pleasing and bring in those autumn vibes we will look for.
4. Create a warm atmosphere with a fire.
A roaring fire creates an inviting ambience, especially when combined with candles. It’s a great way to relax after a busy day, with a cup of coffee and a good book. You can heat your room with a fireplace insert or a gas stovetop burner. There are also environmentally friendly versions now.
If you don’t have the funds or space, or you rent but still want to create a cosy atmosphere without lighting a fire, try using a few large candles instead. Candles add a soft glow and create a romantic mood. They’re also easy to set up, and place them around your home and enjoy the relaxing aroma.
5. Add some warmth with a blanket or throw.
If you’re looking for a more subtle way to add warmth to your living space, consider adding a blanket or throw, they’ll help keep your feet warm while also creating a cosy atmosphere.
A throw is a great way to add extra warmth to your home during autumn. You can find them at most department stores, online retailers, and thrift shops. Just be sure to choose one that fits well with your décor. For example, opt for something with a natural texture if you have a rustic feel to your home. If you prefer a cleaner look, go for something with a patterned design.
Moving into Winter
With energy and gas prices becoming extremely hard to budget for with the current issues, I wanted to touch a little on the aspect of moving into the winter months and how just like autumn, you can prepare yourself for winter with thicker lined curtains, thermo blinds, rugs, throws, thick duvets, draft excluders, only heating (if you can) the rooms you use, look into thermostatic radiators, and find the warmest room in the house and sit in there as often as you can. Our dining room is south-facing, so drawers are the hit, so I’ve based my office in front of the window, and it feels warm and cosy this time of year.
It’s going to be a harsh winter. I hope this post has inspired you; please drop me a comment below if you like a warm and cosy home this time of year.
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