Love it or loath it, autumn is here. Gone are those long, balmy summer days when windows were thrown wide from dawn ‘til dusk — to be replaced by the cooler, fresher climes of the approaching fall.
At this time of year, thoughts turn to thick wool coats, hats and scarves, and the long-neglected leather boots. But what about your home — how can you be sure it’s wrapped up and ready for autumn?
To help you say goodbye to summer in style, here are some essential style tips to ensure your home is as autumn-ready as you are.
Layer Up Your Lounge
When temperatures start to drop, it’s time to dust off your throws and quilts, and layer them around your home once more.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to refresh your interiors for the new season, now’s the perfect time to buy new textiles and accessories that are equal parts stylish and cosy. We recommend opting for soft neutrals; the autumn/winter collection from luxury homeware brand, Murmur, could be just the ticket this season.
Dress Your Windows
To combat drafts and add cosiness, update your window dressings. From thick, floor length curtains to thermal-grade blackout blinds, there are plenty of stylish and practical ways to keep your home as snug as a bug this season. The folks at SoEasy Blinds recommend, “Layering both a blind and curtains at your windows will make your rooms super-snug as the colder weather draws in”.
Add Autumnal Accessories
In contrast to summer, when we spend as much time in the garden as we do in our living rooms, autumn is all about snuggling up before a roaring fire and embracing our cosy interior spaces.
To ensure your home is ready for autumn, kit it out with new accessories and bric-a-brac — we’re thinking scented candles (preferably vanilla-scented), stringed lights and charming tea light lanterns. For complete autumnal contentment, check out the variety of unique, seasonal homeware accessories on Not on the High Street here.
Consider Your Existing Lighting
Although it happens each year, the dark evenings of autumn can come as a shock after the long, sunlit days of summer — when you rarely had to switch on a lamp. With the clocks set to change in just a couple of weeks however, now is the perfect time to consider your existing lighting and make sure it’s ship-shape for the new season.
Whilst ceiling lights are practical for use on a gloomy morning when you’re trying to get ready for work, they do little in the way of creating autumnal cosiness. That’s why we’d recommend adding a lamp or two to each room of your home to strike a balance between practicality and cosiness. For further tips on how to nail interior lighting in your home, check out this expert lighting guide from Real Simple.