A guide to making your house a home this Autumn

For many, Autumn is the perfect time of year - the kids are back at school, days are crisp yet sunny and evenings inspire you to dig out your favourite coat from last year.

Falling for cosy furnishings

As boots and jumpers replace t-shirts and sandals, it’s time to get your home Autumn-ready in preparation for cosy nights in front of the fire.  Transforming your home into an Autumn wonderland needn’t take a lot of time or expense.  We’ve put together the following tips for adding a cosy Autumn touch to your home without breaking the bank.

Soft furnishings

Not many of us have the budget to redecorate or replace furniture to match the seasons but you can still add a touch of Autumnal glow to your colour scheme.  Cushions and rugs can be bought relatively cheaply and easily and can instantly refresh a room.  Try mixing browns and greens with the occasional pop of red to give a room a warm, comfortable feel.  If you have the budget, green or brown curtains in a sumptuous fabric like velvet can add depth and warmth to the room.

The sweet smell of Autumn

As the nights draw in, a simple scented candle can change the atmosphere in your home.  Apples and spices are evocative of the season and will add a lovely warm scent to any room. 

Turning over a new leaf

If you prefer not to change your furnishings, Autumnal garlands and wreaths can add a subtle touch of the season to a room.  Try a garland of brown and gold leaves along a staircase or twin wreaths placed either side of a mirror.  These can be bought quite cheaply, or, if you’re feeling creative, you can make your own using dried fruit, leaves and flowers.

Turning the tables

Another really cheap and easy way to update your decor is with your place settings.  Checked napkins and tablecloths in earth colours will add a rustic charm to any dinner table (regardless of whether the food’s home cooked or picked up from M&S on your way home from work).

The great outdoors - for longer

As the days remain mild, you may not be ready to give up your garden just yet.  Invest in a few cosy blankets and an economic outdoor heater to allow you to take advantage of your garden for as long as possible.

Cooking up an Autumnal kitchen

Your kitchen is probably the easiest room in the house to update for Autumn.  Themed tea-towels, earth-hued canisters and a few cheap prints or framed pictures are the perfect way to transform the room for just a few pounds.

Sadly, Autumn in the UK comes and goes in the blink of an eye but these few inexpensive and hassle-free tips will help you to enjoy your home even more during this magical time of year.