How to Warm up Your Decor for Autumn

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Thick V-neck cable knits, steaming mugs of soup and hot choc, second-hand books, soft alpaca throws, and cosying up in an excess of cushions… It’s hard not to fall head over heels for autumn. Its earthy hues and organic textures are just begging to be brought inside.

This year, we’re crushing on US-style autumn decor – you know, acorns, roasted chestnuts, stag horns, hide rugs, and sandy neutrals piqued with spicy rusts + sleek blues.

Here are our style tips to get the look.

Wool all the way – the Bronte Checkered Wool Cushions are made from pure new Shetland wool while the Bronte Spot Wool Cushion is made of a pure Merino lambswool for a sumptuous super-cosy feel. Image sources: Zanui and scraptus.blogspot.com.

THINK RALPH LAUREN

This iconic American fashion label says grand, luxurious and inviting. In décor terms, this equates to woody finishes with woollen knits, handcrafted throws and hide rugs.

Checks and quilted fabrics add a traditional touch that never grows old. This sumptuous fusion of textures celebrates the seasonal change.

JT: “My favourite thing about American style is its mixture of fabric and leather and the rich layering of accessories.” Pictured left: One Duck Two Grid Cushion on the Zanui Relax Sage 3 Seater Sofa. Image sources: Zanui and pinetothepacific.blogspot.com.

50 SHADES OF BROWN

Work from a base of brown tones. Opt for muted shades to ensure they don’t conspire against one another. In our room, the Relax Sage 3 Seater Sofa is a soft brown, the Barret Armchair is a muddy-grey (rather than a blue-grey) while the upholstered ottoman and cushions add softness and light for contrast.

Toning down your stronger colours allows for a more mature aesthetic and a comfy lived-in feel.

JT: “I love teaming denim/indigo blues with browns. Adding cool tones to warm refreshes this look.” Image sources: Zanui and picturesocial.com.

ADD A SPLASH OF MOUNTAIN SPRING

Dried leaves underfoot define both the soundtrack and rich rustic palette of the third season. However, adding a pop of deep navy is surprisingly evocative and refreshing. It evokes that ski-lodge-in-the-wilderness feel.

Opt for signature decor pieces like the Royal Hamam Blue Garden Vase, the Rouge Living Provence Table Lamp and the Oasis Athens Cushion for a splash of colour. Image sources: bohemiandiesel.blogspot.com, Zanui, spaaz.de and Zanui.

METALLIC ACCENTS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE

An autumnal palette tends toward matte colours. Adding a metallic vase or mirror introduces decorative light patterns that lift your room and prevent you overdosing on brown. 😀

Work with muted metallic finishes so that these pieces blend with your overall décor. Aged finishes are great for a more toned-down palette.

Accent colours bring your room to life and allow you to change-up your look with minimal fuss and expense. Image sources: realsimple.com, Zanui, and 99traveltips.com.

BIG LOUNGE ITEMS

Opt for heavy weaves in your sofa and armchairs for tactile interest. Think big and relaxing. A large ottoman is a nice touch – a spot to rest your tootsies or a tray of treats. Deep tones introduce an element of tranquillity and calm.

JT: “You can also mix in some more leather in this look in an armchair or in your accessories for a hint of old-world charm.”

Hard-wearing and highly stylish, plaid and animal hide pieces will enhance your décor and stand the test of time. Image sources: heidimilton.com and Zanui

CUSHIONS + FLOOR COVER

Wool plaid exudes traditional character – it adds a touch of nostalgia. Similarly, animal hide is a throwback to the mid-west ranch. These old-world and organic patterns offset your furniture’s block colours in an understated way.

JT: “Hides have made a comeback in recent times. I selected a dark hide here to sit with the dark timber tones in the side table. The black also grounds the room which otherwise features neutral mid-tone colours.”

Look to nature to define your palette. The Tunis 5-Piece Tea Set achieves the perfect balance of earthy and cool tones. Image sources: rememberwhen.gazettelive.co.uk, Zanui and redbubble.com.

ADD A COUPLE OF KEY TALKING PIECES

Madeira Y3 Yacht Model: Sailing is associated with a slower way of life. The model yacht introduces the ambience of a lakeside cabin, referencing the soothing movement of the sea.

The Hemingway Tray: JT: “I love rattan and leather together. This tray is practical and it adds personality. It references rattan chairs set on the veranda of an American lodge.”

Featured image sources: bloglovin.com, tomboyvintage.com, querido-refugio.blogspot.com.br, beaconblankes.tumblr.com, and lecremedelacrumb.com.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.