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Author: Gill Greenwell, Posted: Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 09:00

Autumn is my favourite time of the year. As summer draws to a close, I look forward to the brighter, cooler days, cosy nights in and all the glorious colours of autumn that I love. With the end of summer and the arrival of a new season, it’s a good time to think about making your home warmer and cosier, or introduce some new colour, ready for the chillier months to come.

Capture the season’s new mood

A new season opens up a world of possibilities. Interiors are now like fashion brands and the new A/W collections are already appearing in the shops and online. Now is the time to tune into the new styles and pick out a few key items to update your look.

Be bold with pattern

I have always loved wallpaper and it’s great to see it back in fashion – you only need to look in the window of your nearest Farrow and Ball shop! Check out Pinterest and Instagram, or look at the Cole and Son website for some amazing ideas.

If you don’t want to be too daring, you can always start off with a small room, like a downstairs loo, or stick to one wall in your living room or bedroom. I picked up a couple of rolls of end of line (previously very expensive) teal and gold patterned wallpaper in a sale and used it for a feature wall in my dining space – I get so many compliments!

Introduce autumn hues

The trend for bolder, stronger and richer colours in interiors is perfect for this time of the year, when we are looking to add warmth and cosiness to our living spaces. Try introducing a richer colour palette with warm earthy colours to add character to a room. Think ochre, chestnut or terracotta. A pop of vibrant berry colour on a lampshade or cushions can really pep up an otherwise neutral colour scheme.

Create a cosy ambience

Get ready to snuggle down and embrace all the new season has to offer. Invest in some chunky knitted throws and cushions, add a rich toned rug, and fill generous log baskets with firewood. Search out jewel toned velvets to use as coverings for chairs, fill vases with sculptural branches and bright red berries, or bowls of golden autumn squashes to make a seasonal table centre.

Add some personality

The fashion for all things natural is set to continue. What could be cosier than sheepskin as the nights get cooler – and it’s not just for slippers. On a recent trip to the Lake District

I saw some beautiful sheepskin footstools in the shape of Herdwick Lakeland sheep. My sister would dearly love one for her lakeside cottage.

It’s never too early to think about Christmas presents, and what could be nicer than a special gift for the home!

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