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Let autumn inspire your home décor

Our interior design expert Amanda Hanley gives us her advice on how to prepare your home for autumn 2017
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"Think about transforming your garden furniture with sheepskins, throws and wool cushions and investing in a fire pit or outdoor heater for warmth."

It’s time to welcome the new season into our homes.


Autumn is a wonderful time of year full of colour, cosiness and comfort. As the weather grows colder we spend more time at home, making it the perfect time to update our home décor and accessories.

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A change of fabrics, textures, patterns and colours makes the world of difference and will give your home a new lease of life throughout the winter months.

Excitingly, interiors are moving away from neutrals, whites and greys. Instead we are starting to embrace warm, rich and dramatic colours. The bright colours of summer will move towards a more natural palette, with shades of black, green, brown and blush set to be very popular for AW 2017.

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Luxurious fabrics will of course play a key role in making our homes ready for the cold autumn nights. A fake fur throw, cosy sheepskin accessories and soft cushions will make any room beautifully inviting and are perfect for snuggling up in on cold evenings.

2017 is all about velvet. Velvet looks stunning in the rich, deep colours that are perfect for autumn, but also works all year round; cosy in winter and cool in summer. It can be formal or relaxed, but is always luxurious, elegant and welcoming.

A velvet sofa or armchair is a magnificent centrepiece for your living room and will attract much attention. However, if your budget is tight or you want a more subtle approach, velvet cushions or accessories will also look fabulous. Combine velvet with natural materials and smooth, warm metals and woods for a truly tactile and sumptuous ambience.

Bold patterns and prints continue to be very popular with more and more people choosing to mix up patterns in their home. You will instantly revitalise minimalistic living spaces by introducing eye-catching statement pieces and walls, incorporating large geometric or botanical prints.

Furniture and home accessories

As the end of summer approaches fast we all want to prolong outdoor living for as long as possible. Think about transforming your garden furniture with sheepskins, throws and wool cushions and investing in a fire pit or outdoor heater for warmth.

This idea of creating warm, cosy and restful spaces in your home and garden is essential for easing us into the darker, colder days and preparing us mentally for the winter months ahead. Lagom, another Scandinavian way of living, seems to be taking over from Hygge and will no doubt become more talked about at this time of year.

Lagom inspires us to create a more frugal, balanced and happy lifestyle. Mindfulness, sustainability and focussing on a better work/life balance starts by making your home the perfect sanctuary for your lifestyle.

The bedroom is an obvious place to develop into a more peaceful, calm and inviting space to rest and unwind. Make your bedroom into a digital free zone to enhance the feeling of calm contentment, and try adding a cosy corner, with a comfy chair adorned with gorgeous throws and cushions, for a cosy reading nook.

- Amanda Hanley


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