As the cold, dark nights draw closer, we're all looking for the best autumn home decor inspiration to help make our homes as cosy as possible for hibernation season. Since moving into an apartment in Hamburg, I'm a little homewares crazy and I can't stop thinking about all the ways I can make the place as inviting as possible. After all, if I really have to spend another winter freezing my butt off in the northern hemisphere, the least I can do is enjoy wrapping up warm and candlelit nights in my new little home. For me, autumn is all about layers and soft fabrics, rich warm colours and firelight. Whether you have a big budget for giving your home a makeover, or you're just looking to add a few seasonal touches, there are lots of ways to style up your home for autumn.
There's nothing like the feeling of new bedding, and when better to refresh your bed than right before hibernation season? Those long dark nights just call for lots of cosy bedding and layers to snuggle up in. It doesn't have to be expensive, I'm a huge fan of Primark and Matalan bedding for when you want to give your room a makeover but don't have a fortune to spend on a new look. And a must for any autumn home decor makeover, pick up a soft knitted or fluffy throw to drape over your bed, there's nothing like it for maximum comfort and a really luxurious look to welcome you home after a long day.
Top tip: Keep your walls neutral so you can experiment with brighter colours on your bedding, it can completely change the look of your room.
For me, autumn makes me think of warm fires and golden, flickering light. I just love a wood burner or open fire, but not all of us have this luxury and we definitely don't in our apartment. Instead I make do with scented candles and fairy lights which make the room so much more autumnal with that golden glow cast over the warm layers of the bed and couch. I've wound fairy lights around the top and bottom of my bed and they're lovely to have on while snuggled up in bed watching a movie. I also seem to collect candles, whenever I see a cute new one in the shops, I can't resist taking it home to add to my collection. It's lovely to run myself a hot bath and surround it with candles on a dark night. I always line them along the bedside tables and the windowsills for evenings in the living room or bedroom and it's such a cosy atmosphere. It's so simple and budget-friendly, but makes a real difference to your autumn home decor.
Top tip: Don't spend a fortune on candles, the expensive brands smell incredible but I always find they don't last very long when you burn them as often as I do. Primark do a fab range for anyone on a budget, or if you feel like splurging, you can't go wrong with Jo Malone.
The last few weeks have seen the leaves changing colour to those rich reds, golds and browns and the ground is littered with horse chestnuts and acorns. I love seeing these hints of autumn and love bringing them into my home. If you don't have money to spend on decorating, there's plenty of ways to decorate for free by bringing nature into your home and styling up the things you find on the ground. I've been collecting conkers on my way into work every morning and bringing them home. My plan is to display them in bowls or jars around the living room and bedroom – so simple but really effective. Plus the old wives tale says they help keep the spiders and daddy-long-legs away – not sure if it's true or not but I'll be glad if it does!
Top tip: Head to the park or woods and combine a fresh autumn walk with a chance to collect some cute bits to decorate your home, it's a great thing to do with kids if you have little ones or a younger brother or sister.
If you happen to have a bigger budget and are looking to makeover your home for the season, why not take a look at more luxury ways of styling up your home. From painting the walls in deep, autumnal tones and jewel colours like emerald and burgundy, to accessorising with gold and bronze. Finding autumn home decor inspiration is easy when you look at the colour scheme right outside your window. You could even look at new furniture and have the upholstery custom-made for your home so you can make your dream home a reality. Cox and Cox offer this service with a range of luxury fabrics and styles that could help you design the perfect living space for your home.
Top tip: If you want a home that changes with the seasons, pick neutral tones for the furniture that you can match to different colour paint/paper for the walls and brighter bedding or accessories.
What are your favourite ways to style your home for autumn? How do you change your home decor to suit the seasons? Have you made any home decor changes yet?