As the evenings start to get shorter and Autumn approaches, the natural inclination is to withdraw indoors. Autumn is the best time of the year for home decor and a great time to undertake any DIY decorating you wish to do. Take the outdoors indoors and celebrate the wonderful colours of the season, from mustard yellow to rusty orange and shades of bordeaux wine. Get ready for the incoming winter months by adding cosy throws, blankets and rugs around your home, which will truly add some warmth. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, late autumn might be the time to light the fire and burn some logs – an open fire goes perfectly with a big glass or red wine or marshmallow hot chocolate at this time of year.
Setting the scene for autumn
Creating a new vibe in your house or apartment is easy to do with the right accessories. For example, in the summer you can add vibrant accessories to create a Mediterranean vibe. Simple autumn accessories that will help create a cosy atmosphere include candles, an autumn wreath, plants such as aloe vera and ferns, and beautiful lampshades.
If you are planning a bigger DIY job this autumn, such as repainting a room or completing redecorating, be sure to prep well in advance. You can bring fresh life into old furniture and wooden pieces by following up-cycling tips for beginners. This is a great way to save the pennies and also reuse an existing item in your home, which is more eco-friendly than replacing it and buying something new. When it comes to making household repairs, it is well worth learning how to use epoxy glue. This can be used for a multitude of fixes around the house and is a quick, durable solution for mending broken items.
Other cheap and cheerful autumn decor ideas to undertake at this time of year include:
- Make a floral arrangement using dried flowers and greenery. It will last longer than a fresh bunch and the colours of dried flowers are very autumnal
- Use mason jars and jam jars as vases
- Get crafty and start a knitting or crochet project. This is a great time to knit hats, woolly socks or cushion covers
- Try pumpkin carving for Halloween
- Decorate indoors using fir cones and conkers, to truly up the autumn mood
- Opt for warming aromas such as sandalwood, pumpkin spice and ylang ylang by using scented candles
- Don’t save candles for the evening time – especially in late autumn, burning candles in the early morning can be a gentle way to wake up and start your day
- Invest in soft lighting, whether by replacing existing bulbs with warmer, low watt ones, or by adding floor and table lamps to create a gentle evening light, especially in your living room and bedroom
- Try new recipes with ingredients such as pumpkin, squash, apples, blackberries and other seasonal foods and herbs
Getting organised this autumn
Aside from being the best time of year for decor and cosiness, autumn has that ‘back to school’ feeling and is a great time to plan for the year ahead. It may help to do a declutter in your home, or reorganise the space. There are many ways and ideas to maximise storage that can help you get the most out of your space. Using corner cabinets and shelving, in particular, lets you max out on storage space for the likes of books and ornaments, without using up a lot of floor space.
Maintaining a home, whether it’s an apartment, a house or a cabin, is an ongoing job. Spacing out DIY jobs and home decor across the year is one way to manage all that needs to be done. And it makes sense to rotate tasks depending on the season. Outdoor jobs for your garden or balcony are ideal for the summer months, a big spring clean is a great way to start a new calendar year in spring, and making your home super cosy and inviting is a top task for autumn and winter. Embrace the changing seasons through the use of simple decor items along with and DIY jobs that you wish to complete, given the season.0