Autumn Textures You Need in Your Home Right Now

autumn textures

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!

1. Linen

linen autumn textures

Linen is a transitional material, perfect all year round.

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.

linen autumn materials

A linen throw is a fabulous accessory for the in-between temperatures of autumn.

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.

French linen autumn textures interiors

We love linen in any season! Shop the Mondo Linen Stripe Quilt Cover Set from L&M Home online now at Zanui.

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!

2. Leather

leather autumn textures interiors

The natural beauty of leather brings a warm, rich quality to our autumn interiors.

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!

suede leather interior design autumn textures

The soft and supple suede cover of the Caravan Cushion from L&M Home is perfect for autumn interior styling!

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!

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Shop the NuBuck Butterfly Chair, Dark Brown Crackle Leather from NuBuck online now at Zanui.

3. Velvet

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.

velvet interior design autumn interior textures

A touch of velvet adds instant glam to any room. Shop the Karolyn Velvet 2 Seater Sofa from Nestnordic x Zanui online now at Zanui.

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!

velvet quilt cover aura by tracie ellis

A velvet quilt cover is particularly perfect because it’s so non-committal. As soon as the chilly season’s over, you can switch right back to your linen or cotton quilt cover. Shop the Luxury Velvet Quilt Cover from Aura by Tracie Ellis online now at Zanui.

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.

faux fur autumn interior styling

Faux fur brings instant warmth to a space. Shop the Dark Sable Faux Fur Throw from j.elliot HOME online now at Zanui.

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.

faux fur cushions interior design autumn interiors

Faux fur comes in all kinds of colours, from natural tones to pastels! Shop the Damaris Faux Fur Cushions from Castle Road Interiors online now at Zanui.

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.

5. Wool

wool rugs autumn winter interior design

You can’t go wrong with a wool rug for your autumn/winter floors! Shop the Alpine Diamond Slate Hand Knotted Wool Rug from Dash & Albert online at Zanui.

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.

wool pouf wool cushion wool ottoman wool decor

Shop the Meher Ottoman from Rug Culture Home online at Zanui.

You can also find cushions and poufs with wool covers, which will add equal amounts of beauty, texture, and warmth to your decor.

Elizabeth is an aspiring content writer and copy editor from Sydney, Australia, with a degree in Media & Communications from the University of New South Wales. When she isn't writing for Zanui, she's usually attempting further study, burying her head in a YA fiction novel (or writing her own), pestering her cat, or desperately trying to keep her small potted succulent alive.