As autumn is in full swing, it’s time to prepare your home for those slightly cooler nights. It’s all about creating that cosy feel, and there are a few different ways to achieve that. From the furnishings to the little extras, it’s time to sit up and take note.
Whether you’re investing in a new table or a new mirror, the choices you make with your furniture can make a big difference to the overall atmosphere of the room. Whilst summer calls for a minimalist approach, winter allows us to go for a homely vibe, adding more furniture to fill any empty space.
Sounds expensive, right? Not so. Being seasonally savvy is easy, especially when the idea of warmth is often synonymous with a ‘lived in’ feeling.
You can change up the feel of your room very easily and cheaply, thanks to the rise of vintage and second hand furnishings available online.
“Vintage chairs in our livingroom” (CC BY 2.0) by suzettesuzette
As the winter is coming, it’s a great idea to create some warmth in other ways. Lighting can be a perfect solution as it allows you to set the mood and create those warm tones that you’ve been craving.
The key here is diversity. You need to ensure that you’re not relying on one ‘big light’ in a room, and you need to focus on a variety of sources instead. Try some low-light lamps, fairy lights, or even red lights for a true mixed feel. The good news is that energy efficient choices are also becoming more diverse.
In addition to being government recommended initiatives, you can also choose the kind of light they omit from cool and bright light to warmer shades as well.
“Ukulele Under The Lights” (CC BY 2.0) by Sarah DuMay
Trinkets are perhaps the fastest and easiest ways to make small changes to your dwelling! Whether you’re getting a new throw, some nice pillows, little vases or perhaps pictures for the wall, it’s these touches which add some personality to wherever you’re living.
Make sure to keep such choices in fitting with the overall theme, although bear in mind that a ‘jumbled’ effect does add warmth simply because it’s so busy.
“Trinkets” (CC BY 2.0) by phunkstarr
Spice Things Up
You have to make a house a home, as they say. Your house only becomes a home once the people within its walls actually start living.
It’s important that you’re investing time into actually enjoying being at home, and there are plenty of ways to encourage this. Stock up on crock pots, as now is the perfect time to be cooking casseroles.
“Potato Casserole” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Laurel Fan
Whilst you’re at it, pick up a few new mugs for some fancy hot chocolates, Max Brenner style.
And of course, no autumn evening is complete without a movie or two! Make sure your TV is up to scratch as well. If anything, you’ll make those Instagram snaps of your autumnal palace all the more authentic.
Article by Janet Harrison. Janet is a freelance writer and mum of one from the UK. She practiced as a relationship therapist for a number of years before having her little girl and deciding to become a stay-at-home mum.
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