Goodbye summer, hello Autumn! Watching the leaves change, new coats, cosy evenings. We’re actually quite excited to swap our Frappuccino for a pumpkin latte but, like us, you might be in a mid-season muddle. We’ve got both sandals and boots cluttering the hallway and the bright tropical prints we loved last month now look a little sad in the shade. A new season is the perfect opportunity for an interiors refresh, and we have the expert answers to your autumnal conundrums.
How do I update my interiors for autumn?
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Warm textures are definitely in this Autumn. We love British wool because it’s a natural insulator, durable and comfortable making it excellent for headboards and divan bases. Did you know that wool is completely fire resistant too so doesn’t need chemically treating? Being British it also has a great carbon footprint. With the nights getting longer and Christmas only around the corner, Autumn is the ideal time to splurge on giving your guest bedroom a makeover. Next month we will be doing a whole blog on how to update your spare room to make it perfect for Christmas visitors.
What are the autumn trends for AW18?
The global artisan trend for nomadic prints, handcrafted details and rattan texture is given an autumnal twist with darker tones and thicker fabrics. We love our rattan Boho Chair which now comes in black with a rich velvet cushion. A more pared back trend is for modern neutrals with pale wood, minimalist concrete surfaces and mixed nude tones including the Dulux Colour of the Year 2019, ‘Spiced Honey’. On the other end of this scale are maximalist prints and bright colour clashing, as well as glamorous decadence. Navy blue and brass still remains a hugely popular colour combination. Pair Dan’s Comfy Chair in Midnight Blue Velvet with one of our brass lamps for the perfect spot during the colder months.
How can I decorate for autumn on a budget?
Be savvy with your seasonal styling. Simply switching a few accessories can shift the mood of a room. Refresh furniture with new handles – we love leather straps for a masculine feel. Dress your walls with new art or change up your cushion covers to autumnal shades. Buying a quality throw is a small indulgence but it will last for years. If this is too much effort then use some trickery – a scented candle! There’s something very welcoming about walking into a warmly fragranced room. We love the Autumn collection by The White Company, which is a delicious cocktail of pear, quince, apricot and amber.
How do I get my home ready for the colder seasons?
Here comes the practical bit! Tackle those annual household tasks before you start nesting for winter. Refresh any paintwork and wax wood furniture. Test your home devices such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and check for drafts. You can easily create extra warmth with a quality rug. Our Havana rug comes in three autumnal earthy tones (and two sizes) and is made from jute and cotton so not only is it durable and soft underfoot but it will provide that much-needed insulation as the mornings get colder. Whilst the weather is still ok, tick off those outdoor chores and get some fresh air! Clean the gutters so they don’t overflow, trim the gardens and put away the garden furniture. The best bit is planting new bulbs and getting a beautiful surprise when they bloom in spring.
How do you store clothes correctly?
Pack your summer clothes away properly, and they’ll be as good as new for the next heatwave. Firstly, make sure they are completely clean to discourage moths. Don’t iron them as this can weaken the fabric and roll the items, rather than folding, to prevent deep creases. Invest in some sturdy plastic boxes or sealable storage boxes which are waterproof and airtight – or save space with vacuum-packed bags. No one likes the scent of mothballs, so instead slip cedar balls or lavender bags between layers. If you’re hanging items, trade the free plastic dry-cleaning bags and metal hangers for breathable fabric ones and clothes hangers which won’t rust. Store everything in a well-ventilated area away from damp and sunlight ready for next year.