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7 Tips to Make Your Home Feel Cosy This Autumn

02. 10. 2017 | Jürgen Kriegisch | Tips & Tricks

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It’s that time of the year again: summer has officially bid us farewell, the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting more inclement. Still, there’s plenty to look forward to over the next few months: a time for cuddling up on the sofa with a warm rug and a few logs crackling in the fireplace.

Read our seven tips below to find out what you can do to make your home feel really cosy this autumn. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to create a seasonal atmosphere with a few simple additions to your interior design.

1. Must-Have Materials

Knitted Accessories

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Wood as a Key Design Element

Autumn is a great time to bring some seasonal elements into your home. Nature-based materials have a calming and cosy influence that will turn your home into an oasis of wellbeing. Wood is a key component here due to its long-standing association with nostalgic feelings, love and domesticity. Try combining wooden furniture in vibrant colours with home-made design elements. This will not only help you forget that it’s cold and grey outside, but also give your home a unique and individual feel.

Knitted Accessories for a Comfy Atmosphere

Knitted accessories are another must-have this season. They create harmonious effects and a truly ‘homey’ feel. This trend originates in Scandinavia – and if there’s anyone who knows how to combat autumnal gloom with cosy design elements, it’s the Scandinavians. From pillow cases and plaid throws to mug warmers to decorations for candleholders, vases, lamps, knitted fabrics can be used in all sorts of surprising and creative ways. So get creative and check out these pictures on the Wohnklamotte interior design blog for inspiration and innovative ideas.

2. Seasonal Colours to Give Your Home an Autumnal Feel


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Seasonal Greens

Although more typically considered a spring colour, green is all the rage this autumn if the new lines by specialised design chains Ikea and Depot are anything to go by. How come? Well, green is a lovely, vibrant colour that still has a calming effect well suited to creating a meditative atmosphere in your home. “Green autumn design” includes interior plants as well as more unusual items such as moss, green-and-white pumpkins, vases and leaves – there’s plenty of room for experimentation.  And why not try adding green design elements such as seat covers, bedspreads or net curtains!

Seasonal Reds

Red is a classic autumn colour, and this year’s trend is all about mixing it up: try combining subtle shades of red with more flamboyant ones, or muted wine-red with shocking pinks. The simplest way to create truly stunning effects is by focusing your design efforts on one particular part of the room. For example, make the table your focus and add a table cloth, crockery, napkins and candles in different shades of red.

3. Bringing the Outdoors Inside: Design Au Naturel


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From pumpkins, branches, colourful berries and hydrangeas to prefer conkers, maple leaves and stylish leaves of grass – make the most of nature’s bounty and bring back some design elements from a long walk in the autumn sunshine. Natural elements are surprisingly versatile and will really liven up your home.

4. Candlelight to Brighten Up Your Home

Candles not only create pleasant lighting, they can also set the scene for whatever you happen to be in the mood for – whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, a stylish banquet or a funky party atmosphere. The trick is to choose decorative items such as candle- and tea-light holders or lanterns to match the mood you’re aiming for. As with any other design elements, it’s all a question of personal taste – some like it ornate, while others prefer a minimalist style.

5. A Subtle Touch of Copper


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Bronze and copper elements have a subtle glow that will add a touch of luxury to your home. Truly timeless design classics, they were very popular in the 1970’s and have never really gone out of fashion since. The distinctive colours ranging from light rose to vibrant orange that make this exquisite metal so special and turn every design element into a unique item are the result of oxidation over time. Strategically deployed, individual pieces such as vases, bowls or angle-poise lamps will add glamour to any room.

6. Stylish Furs for Cosy Evenings

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Furs can be used as rugs or furniture throws for a rustic look that will immediately make any room look cosy. They also add a touch of class and luxury to your home. Most furs are made from calf-, lamb- or sheepskin, and they are available in a wide range of sizes, colours and styles. One thing they all have in common is that they tend to take up a lot of space and are best used as a centrepiece in an uncluttered environment. Furs look great on bare stone floors, or why not try upgrading your basic sofa with a stylish fur throw! Click here to find out which furs are best suited for your home and how to keep them in good shape (German only).

7. Autumnal Scents to Delight Your Senses

Scents and smells play a key role in our mental wellbeing by releasing mood-influencing hormones. Essential oils from flowers and herbs, gentle lavender or sweet vanilla can do a lot to enhance our sense of wellbeing, even though we may not necessarily be aware of it. There are different ways to make a room smell nice, including scented candles, incense sticks or fragrant oil burners. Try using nutty or woody scent notes to give your home an autumnal feel. Most importantly, however, make sure you choose a scent that doesn’t “get up your nose”! Yankee Candle offers a large selection of high-quality fragrances as well as advice on personal preferences.

It’s your turn now – time to get comfy and turn your home into an oasis of autumnal delights.

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