Cosy autumn-themed interior ideas
PUBLISHED: 13:39 03 October 2016
Autumn is here and it's time to give up on hoping for hot temperatures outside and bank the fire to make your own… Carol Burns snuggles up and gets cosy. As anyone who knows anything about interiors - choosing the right colours and textiles can make your room feel warmer and mean one log less in the woodburner.
It’s funny how the quicker the nights draw in, the darker our interiors palette seems to go – but there are good reasons. It’s a fact that darker colours are often associated with warmth – red being a firm favourite, but you can also go for warm tones of yellow, orange and even purples (the more red tones, the better). The most effective colours are what we might term thermal colours – they literally relate to heat – whether the sun, the flames of your cosy fire or even the 6,000 degrees C emitted during a nuclear explosion.
Luckily for lovers of shades more commonly associated with the cold – there will be warmer tones, so if you just have to have blue, look for something towards the ever-popular turquoise-end or something with greener hues.
Combine the right colours – above – with sumptuous fabrics and you will feel the difference. Stuff your sofa with velvets, sheepskin and luxe and you will immediately feel cosier than their cotton or linen equivalents. Again swapping your sofa accessories is a really easy way to update your interiors for the winter months – and don’t forget the curtains. I like blinds, but there’s nothing like adding a spot of vintage crushed red velvet to your window dressing to make you feel you’ve really come home.
winter light can be very blue, a typically colder colour, while autumnal evenings evoke the glorious golden hour – that 60 minutes before the sun sets when the light warms up and shadows grow long. This is the lighting we are looking for - and lighting experts will tell you how to do it. Lamps are popular as they add a warm glow and create several focus areas rather than a single – and can be updated with shades more suited to the winter months – try silk shades of red, gold and purple.
Bring something of the outside in with cut flowers that reflect the season. Gardeners are beginning to grow more for indoor colour – but if you are no gardener, pick up seasonal – and locally grown – bouquets. Autumnal cut flowers include the ever-popular Chrysanthemum, the pink white and purple of the Aster - and my all time favourite, the dahlia, stunning in deep yellows and reds.
Few things warm the soul like a real fire – the sweet smell of apple logs, the crackle as they catch can be just as fascinating viewing as the next series of Poldark (almost) but if your home – or lifestyle doesn’t suit wood burners or real fires – try adding a light feature to your fireplace – we love the fun element of a Laval Lamp or a bunch of fairy lights – but spherical lamps in warm colours will also work a treat.