Autumn is a season of rich textures and contrasts. The light at this time of year has a magical quality with its warm orange glow that only seems to enhance the ever-changing colours of the trees.
Capture these rustic autumnal tones and style your own characterful autumn interior by blending natural organic contours, sustainable woods and artisan touches, creating a calm and considered scene rich with harmonic hues and seasonal textures.
In this guide we’ll inspire you with ideas on how to refresh your home with Autumn home décor ideas, including styling tips and simple ways to bring the outside in. It’s time to embrace the seasonal changes by celebrating them, taking time to slow down and notice the little things.
How to decorate your home for Autumn
Introduce seasonal colours
Autumn is a season associated with a warm colour palette filled with the golden colours seen on trees, warm rusts and neutrals. Take inspiration from the seasonal changes around us and add colourful accents to your home using soft furnishings, painted furniture and walls, and seasonal foliage. For the more dedicated among us, paint a feature wall using warm rust-tones or forest green to provide a seasonal backdrop to your styling. If wanting more of a nod to the season, soft furnishings and decorative accessories are an easy and effective way to update your home and introduce new colours.
Layer-up living spaces with texture
Much like we layer-up our wardrobe as we approach the colder months, we treat our homes in a similar way by adding tactile rugs, cushions and throws for warmth and texture. Introduce natural materials for texture, like our sustainable hemp rugs and handwoven wall art, and our new soft cotton velvet armchairs for an invitingly tactile seat. Our woven baskets are perfect for storing any additional layers that your living room may see during the winter months, and compliment other natural textures and colours beautifully.
Brighten up dark corners with ambient lighting
With shorter days, we can find our homes feel darker and less inviting without the right lighting. Table lamps work well to light up specific areas of the room and can be moved to different surfaces depending on how the natural light fills your room in different seasons. Floor lamps and pendants can add depth to your room and work well when used alongside each other to provide focal points to the room.
Bring the outside in
Add seasonal dried flowers and tall grass stems for a rustic Autumnal interior. Foraging for seasonal stems can often mean you find beautiful foliage which naturally compliments the time of year, and the beauty of dried flowers and foliage means it lasts for as long as you like. Style in a glass vase for simple and clean aesthetic, and update throughout the season. Pinecones and conkers are synonymous with Autumn, and are beautiful natural decorations when paired with complimenting colours and textures. Paint a few pinecones in shimmering golds to add a seasonal accent which contrasts against the natural colours and textures of wooden materials.
Add brass accents
Warm brass accents compliment an Autumnal colour palette, serving as the final flourish for a seasonal interior. Swap cool silvers for brass with our photo frames, and try our antique brass candlesticks and Antique brass leaf napkin rings for a seasonal tabletop accessory.
Styling your home for Autumn by room
In the kitchen
As the nights draw in, we find ourselves spending more time in our kitchens; whether that’s cooking, eating, working or entertaining. The kitchen is the heart of the home; the hub of family activity, so it’s important to adapt it for the cooler seasons. Create a warm and welcoming glow with clever lighting designed to add pools of light where it’s needed, without being overpowering. Introduce pendant and spot lighting to brighten up darker corners in the room, playing with different bulb wattage to achieve the right level of warmth.
Add warm brass accents to your tabletop with our antique brass napkin rings, bottle stops and brass spoons. Pair the natural contours of our tableware collection with rustic finishes, such as our Ama salad bowls with mango wood salad servers, and serving platters.
The natural tones of our reclaimed wood dining tables provide an interesting natural base. The soft grain of the wood has a rich patina that sets an informal rustic scene. By adding layers of tonal colours this simple rustic feeling is maintained. Use a mix of wooden platters and chopping boards as well as our Artisan bowls; the natural variance in the mango wood adds interest and warmth.
In the living room
There is nothing more inviting than a softly lit room on a dark and wet Autumnal evening. It’s a time we embrace the weather outside and celebrate home comforts at their best. Create an inviting space to curl up and get cosy in by adding cushions, throws and rugs. Natural textures such as our jute rugs and wicker baskets create depth and warmth, and adding Autumnal colour accents help align your home with nature through the transitional season.
Lighting is an important way to brighten up darker corners and create a warm ambience, where floor lamps and table lamps create a warm glow that won’t be overpowering for a dark Autumnal day. Create a cosy corner with a comfy armchair, perfect for curling up with a good book and a soft throw. Pair with a footstool and add soft lighting with a floor or table lamp to create a space to relax and unwind.
In the home office
With so many of us working from home this Winter, be sure to update your home office for the cooler months ahead. With shorter days, add plenty of lighting with desk lamps and floor lamps so your room is well-lit on dark rainy days. Video calls in a dimly lit room will only look even darker on-screen, so use appropriate bulbs to ensure you have enough light to work sufficiently. Layer-up with tactile throws for colder days, and add interesting wall art for an office space that’s both inviting and inspiring. Small desk accessories such as recycled glass vases with dried flowers and seasonal foliage are a perfect seasonal update to keep your home office feeling refreshed.
In the bedroom
We often find bedrooms to be our most changeable rooms, largely due to the need for comfort while we sleep. With the drop in temperature after a warm summer, our beds are the first to get a seasonal makeover. At the turn of Autumn, layer up your bedding using tactile throws made from natural materials; the soft texture and natural colours create a beautiful sense of cosy and calm.
Wooden flooring can often feel cold in the Winter months, so add a thick woven rug that’s soft to touch. Fill empty wall space with textured wall art such as our handwoven wall hangings – bare walls that are painted in light colours can feel cool and fresh, but too much wall space can make the room feel uninviting when the weather is cold. Use soft lighting dotted around the room rather than spotlights, brightening up darker corners using filament bulbs for an even warmer light.