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Autumn is my number one season and lately I’ve been thinking about how I can create the cost cottage feel in my home in order to feel ready for the season. From investing in a new woolly blanket, to changing up your colour scheme, here’s my top tips for getting that ultra-cosy cottage feel in your own home.
1. Soft Furnishings
The colour scheme of the soft furnishings you choose can really change the feel of the room. It’s time to say goodbye to bright vibrant colours of summer and say hello to muted autumnal tones. Try switching your cushion covers, bedding and curtains to oranges, reds, golds, purples or greys to help make your rooms feel warmer. I certainly like to switch up my cushions to provide a bit of variety. these small changes made each season work perfectly with neutral toned furniture and breaths a fresh new look into your home.
2. Introduce Vintage
One of my favourite things to do is to include vintage accent pieces to achieve the cottage feel in your home. Why not invest in a larger piece such as a sideboard which can sit in your living room or hallway, or perhaps a classic armoire for the bedroom for the ultimate cosy feel. If you don’t want to bring in another piece of furniture, there are other ways to add a touch of vintage. I’m a huge collector or vases and small ornaments picked up from recent visits to antique halls, village fetes and car boot sales. They perfectly create a traditional feel in any home.
3. Layer Up
There’s nothing more autumnal than cosying up with a blanket on the sofa, and this can be brilliant way to bring the cottage vibe to your home. Add a woollen blanket to your armchair or sofa in autumnal colours of greys and oranges or introduce a thick knitted throw over your bed along with some contrasting cushions in varying textures to really layer up. The more textures and layers the better!
Flowers are the perfect ways to differentiate the seasons. I’m inspired by the beautiful cottage gardens of Dorset Holiday Cottages from Lyme Bay Holidays, teeming with roses in spring, to thistles and woodier plants in autumn. A great way to bring the autumnal cosy feel indoors is to fill your vases with flowers such as Crocus and Begonia. Their muted tones, yet delicate look will add a freshness to the warmth of the indoors. Plus there is nothing better than a freshly picked wild bunch in an antique vase.
5. Colour Scheme
If you’re feeling a full re-vamp is in order, then switching up the colour scheme of your walls and furniture could be the way to go. Warmer tones such as mauve or olive can be brilliant during the autumn, but remember, come spring you may not feel the same! A great way to make your rooms seasonally interchangeable is to opt for a neutral palette; making small accent changes with each season. Some furniture companies even offer different colour furniture covers. This is something my mum always did with her white covers in the summer and rich terracotta covers in the winter.
So whether you’re just wanting to add some little accents to your home, or go for a full re-decoration, there is plenty you can do to change your home for autumn. Try out some of the small changes and see how much cosier your home feels!
P.S. This was a sponsored post by Dorset Holiday Cottages from Lyme Bay Holidays