With barbecue season coming to a disappointing close, it’s time to retreat indoors and take shelter from the increasingly dreary weather.
However, rather than grieving the loss of the sunshine, the autumnal months offer an opportunity to redecorate your living room and embrace the change of seasons.
That could mean a welcoming red armchair or, to really tie the room together, maybe a pair of burnt orange curtains. If nothing else, the drop in temperature calls for plenty of throw blankets to burrow under.
To get your living room ready for pumpkin spice latte season, take a look at our top autumn decorating ideas, below.
As autumn takes hold of the great outdoors, leaves crunching underfoot and low-hanging sunrises will soon become all too familiar. And while this might not have the same ‘vibrancy’ as summer-time, you must admit, it’s pretty magical to see seasons change.
If you adore autumn as much as we do, you’ll want to bring the gorgeous outdoors in – and the best way to do this is by adorning your walls with artwork. Consider nature themes with autumnal colours, such as oranges, rusts, golden yellows and browns, to introduce a warm, homely feel to your living room.
TOP TIP: Try not to veer too far from your existing décor’s colour scheme. If your living room is baby blue, for instance, focus on navies, greys and cool metallic tones to bring it all together.
Where summer-time humidity demanded a “less is more” décor, autumn is far more eclectic by comparison. Comfort is key, so introduce soft blankets, ample scatter cushions, fluffy throws and thick, earth-toned rugs.
And don’t be afraid to switch up your curtains, either. A pair of heavily insulated curtains will definitely come in handy when the draughty winter-time sets in.
At Plumbs, it’s easy to find your favourite autumnal shade for your curtains. Choose from more than 1000 different curtain fabrics to see how you can upgrade your space in no time.
As the nights get darker and days get shorter, you’ll soon find yourself reaching for the light switch as early as 4pm. But rather than sticking with your home’s in-your-face fluorescent strip lighting, you can make your house a home with a fresh dose of ambience.
We’re talking floor lamps, fireplaces and candles; these will help to cast a warming shadow across your living room (and they will keep your lighting bills down). Just remember to consider how to make the most of your lighting. Stick candles in dark corners to cast the most eye-catching flickering shadows and pop floor lamps in seated spots to maximise their glare.
The smallest accessories make the biggest differences when it comes to décor – and this is certainly true when it comes to autumn-themed living rooms.
Introduce orange and yellow potpourri to welcome areas, switch out your usual daffodils for a bouquet of rust-red roses and swap bright blue cushion covers for forest green replacements.
If it’s your furniture which could use an autumn uplift, look at buying a new sofa cover to effortlessly introduce charming browns, reds, yellows and greens to your décor. Not sure which colour is right for your space? At Plumbs, you can browse more than 800 different sofa cover fabrics in various colours, so you can switch up your space whenever the season takes you.
Now you know what it takes to style an autumn living room, it’s time to put your interior skills to the test. For inspiration about autumn colours and fabrics, browse the Plumbs fabric range. You’ll love them so much you won’t miss summer one bit!
Sophie is a great granddaughter of the founders of the business - so fabrics and furniture are almost part of her DNA! Her interests include home interiors and upcycling, and her favourite show to watch after work is The Repair Shop. Some of the topics she covers on the Plumbs blog include sofa reupholstery and furniture protection.
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