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Five cosy additions to update your home this autumn

Leighton Jones Interiors - Cosy Home Autumn Updates

It’s that time of year again! Don’t worry, I’m not going to mention Christmas just yet… I’m talking about autumn.

I love to change my home around at the start of each season and, while you might think decorating is only for December, adding a few items into your home at this time of year can make it feel so cosy and inviting. After all, interior design isn’t just about how your home looks, it’s about how you use your space and the feeling you get when you are living in it!

Here are my top five cosy additions to make your home an autumnal bliss that you never want to leave! I’ve made up a shopping list for you at the bottom of the page too.

Introduce warm colours

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Image Source: Design Sixty Nine

Switching out a couple of accessories in your home is an easy and affordable way to refresh your room for autumn and winter. While in spring and summer you might opt for light and breezy pastel colours, autumn is the perfect time to start introducing deeper, rich tones back into your home. Autumnal colours like ochre, rusty oranges, forest greens, and berry reds are perfect to add a little warmth. Opt for colours with a muddy undertone for a sophisticated look that is bang on-trend. These colours sit perfectly with navy and charcoal grey, like in the photo above. Using dark colours as your base allows the autumnal colours to stand out without being too overpowering in your room.

Add lots of texture

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Image Source: Nesting With Grace

Adding a variety of textures to your home is a great way to instantly make a room feel cosier and more inviting. Think layers of knitted throws, wool blankets and velvet cushions, the more variation the better! Add in some faux fur as well. Drape blankets over the arm of the sofa or store them rolled up in a basket so they are ready to pull out on a chilly night. A textured rug is another great way to make a room look cosier by grounding the furniture and completing the space. Don’t you just want to tuck yourself in here and never leave?!

Throw in some bold patterns

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Image Source: Pottery Barn

Adding pattern to your room is a great way to make your space feel cosy and more homely. I love to use big, blousy florals for a soft touch. Don’t worry though, if this wallpaper scares you a bit add pattern with a couple of cushions, like these ones I found at Wayfair. Checks and tartans are also lovely at this time of year, try the new collection from Zara for some beautiful autumnal colours!

Get the lighting right

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Image Source: Lindevegen

Getting the lighting right in your home is so important, especially at this time of year when the nights are getting longer and you’re spending more evenings inside. Try to have a couple of layers of lighting that you can switch on and off as you need to for different tasks. You might want to have the main overhead light on when you’re working or playing board games, but this can be quite cold and harsh. Change over to softer lighting with a couple of lamps for a cosier feel when you’re relaxing in front of the TV or chatting with friends. Add layers to your soft lighting with some downlights in a bookcase and some twinkly fairy lights in a glass jar.

Burn a scented candle

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Image Source: The White Company

Last but not least, use some scented candles to create a cosy home with an inviting atmosphere. I recently picked up some amazing pumpkin spice candles on my latest trip to Homesense, and they are just what I need at this time of year. The Autumn scented candle from The White Company is also pretty lovely if you want to treat yourself!

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So there you have it – my five simple yet effective ways to make your home feel cosier this autumn. Do you add anything else at this time of year? Or do you prefer to keep things simple? Let me know in the comments below!

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Sarah x

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