My Christmas tree never goes up ’til the week before the big day. But, after Halloween I do like to start getting my home into the festive spirit. The weather tends to get much colder in the first week of November, it does it Sheffield anyway. So I figure that it’s ok to start incorporating more autumnal tones within my home and maybe, just maybe, getting a batch of mulled wine ready for when friends visit at the weekend.
I’ve talked about this a lot but I do think it’s important to change your home along with the seasons. Adding a few different colours into your scheme, more textures or simply moving the furniture around can really give your home a new feel and look.
The key to autumnal accents is to think of earthy tones, touches of metallics like gold and copper, stars and woodland animals and where you can, bring the outdoors in. We all have different tastes but try taking these as a base idea and then work your way towards your own scheme.
Here are 6 ways I’ll be getting my home ready for the festive season:
Spicy scented candles – This is a simple but essential one for me. A couple of spicy scented candles helps to give a warming feeling in your home. I’m a big fan of Yankee Candle’s Cinnamon Stick and always have at least one of these burning throughout the cold months. House of Fraser have lots of winter and Christmas decorations in stock at the moment and their range of candles is excellent.
Fairy lights – This is another obvious addition at this time of the year. Hang them on the top of your bed for a soft glow in the evening or attach them around the room. You can really get creative with lighting. I particularly like waterfall lights, they look beautiful if you hang them by a window.
Mulled wine – It’s not just about earthy tones and lots of textures. Food and drink also play a key role in how we feel. A batch of mulled wine cooking in the kitchen will soon get your home feeling cosy and festive. Make a jar of pumpkin spice and cook up some delicious cookies or a classic pumpkin spiced latte.
Bring the outdoors in – It’s fun to keep things natural. Think wood, pine cones, pumpkins and squash. Use your imagination, get creative and put all those Pinterest DIY boards into action.
Cosy blankets – Pop a basket in your lounge and fill it with cosy blankets and hot water bottles. These are ideal for snuggling up on the sofa to watch a film or work. I also find that basket helps to keep everything organised and in one place. I don’t know about you but I often misplace hot water bottles.
Warm tones – I have a few cushions I rotate between throughout the year and they each alter the feeling of the room. I’m currently using orange toned cushions on my dark grey sofas. They really help to warm the room up and the fact they have hedgehogs on is a happy bonus.
How will you be changing up your home this month?
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