Posted:3rd October, 2023

Making your Living Room Cosy for Autumn

As the clocks go back, the nights get darker and the weather gets colder, you’ll no doubt be looking to stay warm and cosy in your living room this autumn.

Autumn home

We’ve done our research on interior design, to bring you the five best ways to turn your living room into the perfect autumnal den for you and your family.

Your new home already boasts loads of features that will help you stay warm and make the most of the season. Things like insulated doors and windows will help you keep toasty, while our team of top architects have made sure that your homes get the best use of light and space throughout the year.

Here are the simple, yet effective things you can add to give your living room a touch of your own personality and bags of autumnal character.

1. Colours: What the experts are saying.

A great advantage to your new build home is that the bigger tasks, such as painting, decorating and flooring are all already completed to a high standard, led by today’s top design trends. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t inject some seasonal colour into your living space with minimum fuss and effort.

For this season’s colours, we’ll defer to the experts at Pantone. Their colours this year bring:

“A wide-ranging mix of colours contrasts our co-existing desires for rest and relaxation with non-conforming exuberant expression”.

If that sounds like a bit of you, our picks of the palette are Lava Falls, Amazon, Caramel Cafe and Midnight from their New York Fashion Week colours. If you’re looking for something a little more muted, their core classics for autumn and winter are a sure-fire way to build a cosy living room that is timeless.

2. Textures: Blankets, blankets, blankets.

Nothing creates a cosy atmosphere quite like blankets and throws in soft fabrics and different textures. Without any upheaval at all, you can easily create a layered look by draping them over your furnishings - keeping them close to hand to snuggle underneath when the temperature drops. Faux fur, chunky knitted wool and velvet are all perfect for adding to the autumnal atmosphere – and they all feel wonderfully luxurious too.

With smaller furnishings like coffee tables and bookcases, pay special attention to the materials before you buy. These more permanent pieces need to add to the autumn aesthetic but can’t be out of place in the summertime either. Go for natural materials – wood is your best friend here.

3. Lights: Turn. Off. The. Big. Light.

De-stress with softer lighting using floor and table lamps to cast a glow across the room. LED lighting is a great option. Use warmer tones as opposed to cooler tones and, where possible, consider dimmable lighting to help you effortlessly set the tone and ambience of the room. Candles and lanterns are an obvious choice for softer more characterful lighting and really complement the earthy, rustic feel you’re looking to create in this season.

4. Accessories: Minimum effort, maximum impact.

When it comes to accessorising your living room for the season, the options are almost endless. Simple touches like throws, pillows and cushions add warmth, texture and luxury to the room. You needn’t buy new pillows and cushions, simply change the covers for the change in season. Similarly, the art and features on your walls can be swapped over to match the season too. It’s all about creating a sense of harmony in the room, so maybe save the bright, floral paintings for summer and take inspiration from the natural world- the oranges and browns of autumn will naturally offer some inspiration. Bring the outdoors inside by making fireplace features of pumpkins and pinecones. For an even bigger statement – adding rugs to hard flooring will not only trap the heat and keep you warm but also add a statement splash of personality.

5. Atmosphere: The finishing touches.

It’s the finer details and accents that complete the room and make it your own, bringing together all the senses in one perfect space. Use scented candles to engage the sense of smell as well as adding soft, warm lighting to the room. Reed diffusers are a great way of achieving this, with fragrances of cinnamon, apple and pumpkin all complementing the aesthetic.

Fill your living room with the things you love. Any décor for the season should be led by the idea that the living room is where you can rest, relax and spend quality time with the people you care about. While you’re cosying up in your living room this autumn, have your favourite books to hand in a reading nook. Instead of flowers or ornaments, adorn your fireplace and mantlepiece with your favourite objects and gifts from your travels. Surround yourself with the things that make you happy to feel truly cosy this autumn.

At Russell Homes it’s our goal to help you in any way we can to make your new build house a home for you and your family. From before the house is even built, to getting the keys and beyond, our team is here to help you on every step of the journey. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.