It’s inevitable. Even though I’m not ready to let go, summer is coming to a close. Flowing dresses and Havaianas will soon be replaced by coats and boots once again. So, although I hope that we can sneak in a few extra weeks of warmth, I have conceded that it’s about time to start prepping the home for autumn.

What does autumn mean for interiors?

Updated colour palette

Burnt orange may be the default autumn option, but it’s by no means the only one. After all, it’s not really a fresh 2019 colour if you’re pulling out the same shades year on year, is it? If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to embrace Pantone’s Colour of the Year. Although described as “energetic, optimistic and spirited”, feel free to tone Living Coral down by pairing it with deeper tones of navy, gunmetal grey and green.

Layers of texture

Is there anything better than enjoying some much deserved you-time over a cup of hot chocolate/tea and a good book/Netflix series? (I mean, other than sipping mojitos while basking in the sunshine on the beach). Autumn is the ideal season to introduce a variety of textures into your home – I’m talking Mongolian sheepskin throws and thick, woven cushions. A few of these will quickly transform your summer space into an autumn hideout.

Golden lighting

In the warmer months, it can be easy to overlook your current lighting situation. With so many daylight hours, dark corners and lamp-lacking spaces are practically non-existent. But as the days get shorter, you may find your beautiful interior underwhelmed by the lack of additional lighting. Why not invest in some extra lighting to make those moody days that little bit brighter? Want to create an inviting glow? Opt for a brass, bronze or gold floor or table lamp to add that extra level of warmth.

Scents and smells

Updating interiors isn’t just about the visual element. Reed diffusers and scented candles can completely change the mood of a room – and some scents are just better at evoking that much needed cosy factor. Where a citrus blend excels in the warmer months, a woody, spicy or caramel-y scent is the way to go in autumn.

February 25, 2019 — Milena Tsitovitch