One of the best ways to get our homes ready for winter is to start swapping out our summery textures for warmer, autumn textures. This doesn’t have to be a big job! Just by swapping out a few accent pieces here and there or changing your bed linen, you can create a cosy interior full of autumn textures that’ll see you all the way through winter, too.
So, what textures work best in autumn? Read on!
If you think we talk about linen all the time, you’re right. That’s because linen is such an interior styling superhero!
Linen is a true transitional material, perfect for those late summer/early autumn in-between days.
One of linen’s many remarkable qualities is its ability to regulate temperature. It helps keep you cool when the weather’s warm, but also keeps you warm without overheating.
So, as we move from the balmy nights of summer to the cooler nights of autumn, linen is definitely a material you want to have on your side.
Linen is also more resilient than wool or cotton and becomes softer and more beautiful with age, so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment. In particular, we highly recommend investing in a linen sheet set, a linen quilt cover set and/or a linen throw!
Anyone who’s ever sat on a leather car seat in the high heat of an Aussie summer can attest to the fact that leather is not really a summery material. It has a natural warmth to it that can be a little too heavy (read: sweaty) in summer.
In autumn (and winter), however, we very much welcome that warmth!
You don’t need to go all-out with leather. In fact, as with many of these autumnal materials, less is more when it comes to leather.
A tan leather pouf, a leather butterfly chair or some soft suede scatter cushions can add just the right amount of warmth to your space to have it feeling cosy and ready for autumn!
Velvet is a fantastic transitional material for autumn going into winter. Like leather, it brings tangible warmth to any space. It’s luxuriously soft-to-touch, and its subtle lustre adds instant glamour to your decor.
You can easily mix velvet into your aesthetic, as there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to velvet pieces.
From velvet armchairs, to velvet ottomans, to velvet quilt covers, to velvet cushions, to velvet bed heads, there’s always something to suit your styling and spatial needs!
4. Faux Fur
Faux fur is truly a secret weapon of interior styling. It brings so much texture to a space, despite often coming in such a small package.
Because it packs such a big, textural punch, we recommend using faux fur sparingly to avoid overdoing it.
That’s fine though, because even just a hint of faux fur goes a long way towards making a room feel cosy and inviting.
Faux fur presents a delicate balance of rustic style and luxuriousness. It works in almost any interior, from Nordic to contemporary to bohemian to Manhattan loft-inspired.
Some of our favourite ways to use faux fur are by:
- draping a faux fur throw over the back of an occasional chair or over a bedspread
- accenting a sofa with a faux fur cushion or two
- placing a faux fur rug at the foot of a bed or armchair.
And last, but certainly not least, we have wool!
Just like linen, wool has exceptional temperature regulating properties. This means it will feel warm when the weather’s cold, but cool when the weather gets a bit warmer.
Aside from a wool quilt, the best way to work this texture into your home is with a wool rug. Wool rugs are durable, they’re mould and mildew-resistant, and they’re also flame-resistant, so are a great choice for families.
Wool rugs feel and look beautiful, and a quality wool rug will last a lifetime.
You can also find cushions and poufs with wool covers, which will add equal amounts of beauty, texture, and warmth to your decor.