As the days become shorter and the temperature and leaves start to fall, it’s a great time to bring some warmth back into your home.
Give your home a seasonal update with these simple ideas and get that cosy autumn feeling without breaking the bank.
Keep a colour scheme in mind
Key colours for autumn include shades of orange, red, yellow and brown – just think of the colours the leaves start to turn in March and April to build the perfect autumn-inspired colour palette. You can easily integrate these colours into your home with small touches like a coloured hand towel, cushions for your couch or some new table linen.
DIY autumnal art
A quick and easy way to make your home more reflective of the new season is by making some groovy autumn leaf art. All you need are some white cardboard, plain black frames (which you can pick up cheaply from Target, K-Mart or Big W) and some fallen leaves. This is also a fun project to get the kids to help out with!
Pick a few different shapes of leaf – of varying colours if possible – and place them in front of the white cardboard cut to size in the frames of your choice; they’re great either hanging from the wall or displayed on a table or mantelpiece.
Another great way to warm up your living room is with a soft throw blanket. Drape it over the back of a chair or couch so it’s handy when the temperature drops in the evening, or when you’re ready to curl up with a good book or new favourite DVD box set.
TIP: you may want more than one if you have a larger living room space or a few too many family members to snuggle under the one!
Warm up your kitchen
To prepare for the changing food tastes, consider investing in a sturdy cast-iron casserole dish; you’ll be ready to whip up hearty, nutritious soups, casseroles, and curries when the temperature drops. Choosing your casserole dish in a warm colour like red or orange can make a beautiful statement. It can also double as an elegant serving dish to put directly on the table, tying in with your autumnal-coloured table linen.
Nothing says autumn quite like a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Get ready to cosy up when temperatures drop by stocking up on everything you need to make a great hot chocolate, including some fun (preferably insulated) autumn-themed mugs. For a quick recipe, try whisking together 2 tbsps of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 to 2 tbsps of sugar and a pinch of salt with a cup of milk. Warm it over a medium heat until hot and stir in ¼ tsp of vanilla extra to finish off. Yum.
The smell of Autumn
Get your home smelling magical with spicy-scented candles. Aside from creating a beautiful, welcoming scent for your family and guests, it’s a great way to add a splash of colour to your bedroom, living room and bathroom. Look for fragrances like tuberose, sandalwood, amber, ginger, vanilla, and cinnamon and pick hues that compliment your décor to use them as a design accent.