Oh my gourd! Autumnal Home Decorating

Autumn is in the air, which means it is the perfect time of year to begin refreshing your home decor for a cosier look. With leaves changing and weather cooling off, it’s time to pay attention to the inside of our homes and it’s a fantastic time to spice up the decor you have with some new seasonal pieces.

A classic way to add an autumnal touch to your home is by creating a table centre or mantle space, using garlands of leaves or sweet felted pumpkins, hand thrown clay pots filled with dried flowers or grasses, as well as antique books with autumnal colours, bindings and themes. As the evenings draw in, hand lanterns, dipped beeswax candles in rustic style holders, or fairy lights will shed a warm glow over your decor. Light becomes ultra important during this season and so it’s a really good time to refresh your look with some new lighting. Add layers of light with table and floor lamps combined with overhead lighting. On trend this season are light fixtures with elements of wood, pottery and rustic metal providing a feeling of warmth and a connection to the natural world…or you can go in the other direction and add a touch of glitz and sparkle with crystal and chrome. Set your lamps on timers so they light up just before the family gets in to make for a welcoming homecoming. Touch lamps are also very popular this year as they can be turned on and off with a single tap without having to search for, and fiddle with a switch. 

Decorating for the autumn season does not necessarily have to eat into your budget either. There are many decor items that can be gathered while out on a stroll in the crisp air. Acorns, conkers and chestnuts look fantastic in a glass vase and you can even top it with dried hydrangeas or some colourful silk flowers to make a fantastic table centre. Scatter nuts and autumn leaves polished with a little olive oil across a table or mantle piece… or drill holes through them and thread them onto sisal twine to create beautiful garlands. Neatly bundled sticks or grasses tied with raffia look wonderful in a decorative basket or bucket by the fireside or next to an end table. These are just a few exciting ideas which also go along very well with today’s Organic Modern styling… ‘bringing the outside in’ theme.

Autumn is muddy boot and rain season and one aspect of the outside that we certainly don’t want to track in is the mud and dirt associated with our wintry, woodland forays. Get prepared by purchasing new doormats in seasonal colours and invest in a good boot scraper and an umbrella stand to catch the drips!

Some fun DIY projects may be to paint some pumpkins to match your exterior colour scheme… add some fun text, or patterns, but one of our favourites is a doorstep pumpkin with the house numbers and a welcoming message stenciled on it. 

Hand thrown pottery is all the rage this season, look for pieces in your local garden centre or home gift store… or you can brush a textural clay look on to old ceramic and glasswares using a mixture of water based paint and baking soda, there are many ‘recipes’ for this technique circulating online and on social media right now.

In the Autumn home styling colour palettes, we are seeing two major trends this year. A slightly more classic combination of black, bone, and burnt orange is competing with a more extravagant, bold colours such as inky navy, deep forest green, rich velvety chocolate, and even dusty blush. Easy ways to add these colour schemes and some spice to your space would be with pillows, cosy chunky knit throws and blankets or add a little autumnal flavour to your kitchen with appropriate seasonal tea towels and oven mitts.  

Whichever way you choose to decorate your home this harvest season, at Peter Green Furnishers we are always here to assist for all your styling, furnishing and flooring needs.Oh my gourd!

28th September 2021

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