It feels like summer has only just left us. We embrace the odd pockets of streaming summer sun combined with distinctively cooler and fresh air, whilst being reminded that we have 93 days until Christmas and noticing with a semi-blind eye, the boxes of mince pies starting to creep their way back into the supermarkets.
This is a time of transition as we look forward to bonfires, fireworks and the smell of woodburners (and we expect a lot more of that with the current UK ‘energy crisis’ we’re all experiencing at the moment). We’re embracing the idea of unzipping the vacuum packed winter wardrobe and getting truly cosy. But we’re a little less excited to roll up the outdoor rug into the shed, and put covers over the garden furniture so that they’re protected from the rainy weather. However as the leaves fall and become crisp, we can’t wait to see homes gracing Instagram with their seasonally updated décor with fresh colour pallets of deep Autumnal hues and cosy snowy whites. The autumn equinox brings with it so much to look forward to, to counteract those darker evenings, including a great excuse to refresh our home décor with a more autumnal feel.
To celebrate the new season, British Home Design has curated our AW/22 collection of key pieces to uplift up your home. We've shortlisted our cosiest favourites and 5 top tips that you can use to apply when styling your home.
1. Adding Texture
Adding texture is the simplest rule in the book when it comes to home decor and never is it more important when styling for the Autumn Winter seasons.
Soft textures such as fur, whether real or faux, are classics year after year, but particularly in 2022 we're seeing lots of ribbed and fluted textures. This ribbed faux fur throw from M&S is the perfect combination of current/meets classic/meets cosy.
The chunky knit trend is another versatile texture which remains current autumn after autumn. This merino wool blanket from Scandi Home is strong investment piece and is available in a broad combination of colours to match your décor whether you're after neutrals such as greys or white, or whether you're looking to use the throw as a tool add a pop of colour.
2. Cosy Scents
Nothing is more cosy than a richly scented home. This is the time of year where we are surrounded with the smells of woodburners and bonfires on our walks and we can bring this sensory experience right into our homes.
We love this M&S Electric Diffuser Gift Set - not does its ribbed design and neutral colour bring on-trend scandi vibes to your home, but it also comes with a calm fragrance oil which will be dispensed as a fine mist of luxurious scent. The perfect gift for just £30 too.
However, there is nothing more enchanting than watching a dancing flame. Lighting a candle can become a simple, luxury experience and this warming sandalwood scent with notes of fresh eucalypus, herbal bay leaf and earthy patchouli from St. Eval is the perfect way to relax and unwind whilst adding a multidimensional sensory layer to your home.
3. Autumnal Colours
We've seen a resurgence of the 70s trend through 2022 with its earthy colour palette and sophisticated plush styling. Whilst this look is undoubtedly not for everyone, one thing that we can all take away from this trend is the warm colour schemes.
This faux fox fur throw from Dunelm with its gorgeously rich brown hues is an inexpensive way to add warm texture to your home, plus with its large size at 130cm x 180cm it's a versatile piece that you can position in various places.
Mustard is a must-have colour to incorporate into your home this autumn and introducing this colour as a throw is a great impermanent solution. We love this Silky Soft Faux Fur Throw from Dunelm and the best part is that its machine washable.
4. Seasonal Decor
Autumn is such a fun time of year where most of us love to dress up for Halloween; but we also love to dress up our homes with seasonal squash, autumn wreaths and spooky decorations!
These super cute velvet pumpkins are the perfect way to make a seasonal statement. Ideal for mantelpieces, display bowls, console tables, doorsteps, even creating autumnal #shelvies. Available in golden brown, dark green and ivory white from Rockett St George for just £16.
5. Keeping warm
Sustainability and eco-conscious design remains a key trend for AW/22 and now the cost of energy is set to rise for UK households even more of us are now seeking ways to help reduce our bills.
Whilst adding a rug will realistically do little to proactively reduce your electricity bill, it will add to the psychological feeling of warmth as well as playing a small part in providing an additional insulatory layer. This 5-star rated 60cmx110cm berber-style rug from La Redoute is the perfect way to add a cosy vibe to your home and is on-trend with its simple linear-geometric pattern design and fringed edging.
A draft excluder however, is a practical way to help control heat loss. Draft-proofing is a cost-effective way to save energy and money by blocking up those pesky gaps that let cold air in, and warm air out. This Draft Excluder is from Dunelms super popular Teddy Bear material range and is a timeless and cosy way to keep your house warm.
Our autumn interior lookbook is continued over at our British Home Design Pinterest account so do head on over to see more ideas featured in our Cosy Edit at www.pinterest.co.uk/britishhomedesign
In summary, add texture using warm materials such as furs, velvets, and knits. Look to the seasonal colour palette of nature with its leafy browns, golden mustards and crisp snowy whites. Lift your spirits by going full-on seasonal with decorative displays whether scary or earthy-chic. Layer up, using materials and textures but also add a sensory layer through rich warm scents such as pumpkin spice. And finally, stay warm and stay happy!