Autumn is finally here. But let's not get down, think about the great things that go hand in hand with the colder weather. Gorgeous thick, warm jumpers for example and heavenly hot, spiced wine. Late nights out swapped for nights in snuggled up on the sofa...
So, before the cold weather really hits, now's the time to add a few warm touches to your home, in order to make it a wonderfully warm and cosy place to be. Splashes of colour are a great way to start. Autumn is all about warm, rich earth tones – golden browns, deep oranges and fiery reds. Of course, you can't re-do your home with every new season but there are ways you can create an autumnal feel in your home, without having to resort to a can of paint.
Waking up in the mornings is bad enough when it's still dark outside, but stepping out onto a chilly floor is unbearable. Make getting out of bed a little bit easier by covering floors with large area rugs. Choose one in a welcoming earth tone to really bring a cheery feel to your home.
Throw on a blanket
Blankets; you can never have too many of them. Sling them over chairs, throw them over your sofas, wrap yourself up in them (maybe even create a fort). Go for an extra large one for your sofa, perfect for snuggling up in front of the TV during those long winter evenings. Better yet, why not give yourself a project and try and knit your own?
Decorate with nature
It's not only bunches of flowers that belong in vases. Next time you're out for a walk, look out for fallen pine cones, interesting looking branches or even acorns. Use them as decoration in vases, along mantlepieces or add them to bowls to create a wonderful autumnal display. The key to arranging leaves is to group them by size and colour as you would flowers.
Cosy up in the bedroom
Shorter days mean longer cosy nights. Warm things up in the bedroom by adding with an extra thick blanket or even two. Go for one in velvet or thick wool. Choose warm, bright colours in a thick chunky knit. We love this patchwork crochet throw that brings a little vintage feel to the bedroom. Who knows, you might even save a little on your heating bill.
Inspired by nature
Accessorise your home with some nature-inspired furnishings. Wicker baskets, small and large, are a great way of adding small autumnal touches to your home. Fill them with pine cones, or shells to add decoration, or put them to use holding blankets, or wood for the fire.
Set the mood
Get your lighting right and any room will feel homely. Go for several small lamps instead of one main light. Tea lights and candles are also a fabulous way of brightening up shorter autumn days and creating a cosy ambience.
Warm up the kitchen
Piping hot pumpkin soup, a homemade lasagna straight from the oven... it's the perfect time of year for warming our bellies. Add some warmth to your kitchen before you turn on the oven by adding some new kitchenware. Chunky wooden cutting boards, molten gold or copper pots, warm-coloured ceramic dishes – perfect for making that comforting winter stew or casserole.
Transform any corner of your home into a snug little pocket by creating your own lanterns. All you need are some mason jars and some beautiful fallen leaves. The light shining through really brings out the rich colours of the leaves. You can get the full tutorial over at joybobo.
The scent of autumn
Imagine the smell of bonfire night and halloween all rolled up into one. Make your home smell of autumn with this amazing natural air freshener. It's made from sticks of cinnamon and dried orange slices, all packed together into a mason jar; chemical free and bursting with scent. Add a bow and they turn into great gifts. Get the recipe here at shaken together life.
A warm welcoming
Wreaths aren't just for Christmas. Brighten up your front door by creating your very own autumnal themed masterpiece out of fallen twigs and leaves.
The leaves are starting to fall, the first frost is imminent, it's time to go into hibernation. At least now your home will be a cosy place to be. Don't leave your friends out in the cold, share these ideas with them on facebook and Google+. Or simply pin the pictures for more autumn décor ideas.