Autumnal home makeovers

by Ben

Following last week's second summer, which to be fair lasted about as long as our actual summer, it's feeling much more autumnal.



Following last week's second summer, which to be fair lasted about as long as our actual summer, it's feeling much more autumnal. Combine that with darker evenings and there's only one place many of us want to be, and that's at home.

But aside from lighting a few scented candled and putting an extra throw on the bed, what can you do to make your home feel more inviting on those cold, blustery evenings without completely redecorating?

How about a fresh lick of paint? In summer you might have enjoyed the cool freshness of white walls, but in the autumn warmer colours can make a big difference.

Of course I'm not suggesting you decorate your home to resemble the inside of a pumpkin, but a feature wall in a rust red, a rich brown or a neutral beige could really bring a room to life.

New curtains could also have a similar impact, while sofa throws and rugs in autumnal shades could be a great way to add some warmer tones without breaking the bank or making too many drastic changes.

And scatter cushions! Because who doesn't love a good scatter cushion, right? Think heavier fabrics and textures for these and other soft furnishings and you can't go far wrong.

When it comes to decorative touches like flowers, autumn has so much to offer. Fill vases with dried arrangements and bowls with acorns or polished red apples.

But it's not all about the visual things. There's nothing lovelier than coming home to a great smelling lounge or a delicious scent wafting from the kitchen.

So get out those candles and bake some pies. Or if the pie baking sounds too much like hard work, how about some potpourri? Hey, it's trendy again now you know. Cinnamon, cloves, oranges and mulled wine are all tasty autumn scents.

If that puts you in the mood for some seasonal autumn cooking, then check out our October foods feature for some great ideas.

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