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Autumn decorating preview 1 staying warmer for longer

As we continue to enjoy the last of the summer months, it can't be ignored that a new season is upon us. The air will become cooler, the night sky darker - but with the negatives aside, autumn brings with it some wonderfully new ideas for decorating your home. We don't want to speed the clocks up, but we do want to give you a preview of what's to come and help you to prepare your home for the months ahead.

For some of you, Autumn will be your favourite season, whereas others will desperately try to retain some of the warmth and brightness of summer. Our first post will appeal especially to the second group, as we give tips and advice on how to stay warmer for longer. This will not only cover warmth in the literal sense, but how certain decorating tricks can make the home more cosy and welcoming in general.

  • In the lounge, cushions and throws are used for both comfort and to help achieving a visually pleasing space. For optimum levels of snugness, choose pillows that are packed with the softest of down mixes and place one or two more on the sofa than usual. Warm and rich colours such as chocolate browns, golds, deep ruby reds or earthy oranges will give the sense of a warmer atmosphere.
  • Textiles in general are great to make quick changes throughout the home. They can bring in new patterns, colours and textures to suit the changing seasons. We tend to feel more cosy with the addition of a few more layers - sofa throws, rugs, curtains, table runners, blankets for the beds and so forth. Look for those that are knitted or crochet – a patchwork duvet cover is also a welcoming change to the autumn home.
  • Make the fireplace a focal point if isn't already. By drawing the focus towards the fire, a room feels instantly warmer and cosier. You might want to rearrange furniture or add some comfy seating near to the hearth - extra large floor pillows are a nice idea (just remember to stay safe with a guard). You could also paint the wall of the hearth in a spicy colour to really heat things up.
  • As you are happily going from room to room, layering extra textiles on the bed and sofa - don't forget about your windows. A thicker and fuller length of curtains will help to prevent unwanted drafts, but they are also another excuse for adding more seasonal colours and patterns to your interiors. During the transitional period, you might want to keep your white Venetian blinds up to let through the last of the suns rays and together with your chosen curtains they will offer a unique and contemporary look.

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