Autumn is upon us and as the balmy summer days inevitably turn into crisp, cool ones, I always have the urge to introduce earthy, muted tones into my interior decor. I want my home to envelop me as winter arrives, filling me with comfy, homely vibes.
Soft browns, pinks and greens are my go-to colours for autumn (photo credit Instagram account @littlegreenshed)
I have created a look perfect for autumn in the sleeping area of our U-shaped bedroom and amazingly, it only took a few simple changes. I’ve added a new plywood headboard (something I have lusted after for so long, having saved a squillion pictures on Pinterest), a few scatter cushions, a clay coloured wall, art prints, bedside tables and pendant lights. The change from predominately white decor to something a little more colourful (albeit in muted tones) has instantly made the space feel cosy and intimate and is perfect for the season ahead.
The fresh, all-white look in my bedroom was great for summer, but now I want it to feel warmer
This was the moodboard I created on Canva – useful to envisage the end result – before beginning the decorating
This is the result. I’m so happy with how well the colours work together and how the putty coloured wall visually warms up the room
I have been so fortunate to work with some fantastic brands on the styling of our master bedroom.
I was kindly gifted the floating bedside tables by one of my favourite independent furniture brands, Urbansize Home. I love how their paired back, Scandinavian inspired furniture is great for compact spaces. Our bedroom is an unusual shape and the sleeping area is far from expansive, so I was thrilled at how freeing up the floor underneath made it feel instantly bigger. Despite being small in size, the handy drawers give us somewhere to put our night-time reading and other essential paraphernalia like headphones and hand cream! The white units work perfectly with the wall colour, but these gorgeous tables also come in oak if you prefer.
We chose one bedside table with two drawers and one with one drawer and shelf
The beautiful artwork gifted from King and McGaw was the starting point for the colour scheme – there’s a stunning mix of browns, pinks and blues within it. I adore their art collection – there’s so much choice and something for everyone. I chose the paint colour, which is ‘Roman Plaster’ by Little Greene Paint Company, after ensuring it complimented the tones in the picture.
We adore our beautiful art piece from King and McGaw titled ‘Just One’
Here is the bedside table with a drawer and shelf which is very handy for a book or magazine. I also love the colours and fun factor of the gorgeous art prints by very talented Israeli designer and maker Micush Illustrated Design (see the ice-cream here and the rainbow above my side table)
The gorgeous white cotton sateen bedding was a gift from small business Dip and Doze https://www.dipanddoze.com. They sell luxurious, ethically produced organic cotton bedding and towels. The package came beautifully wrapped in a lovely, reusable drawstring bag, and the cotton is so soft to sleep in. I have other, similar sheets in the crisper percale weave which are also lovely, but I have very much enjoyed the feeling of this smooth finish against my skin. I also love the attention to detail – the buttons used to fasten the duvet cover are so pretty and made of coconut instead of plastic! You can shop for the sateen duvet set here
Last, but by no means least is this fantastic memory foam pillow and silk/bamboo eye mask sent to us to try out by Panda. My husband loves the pillow as he has been sleeping on memory foam for a few years now. He swears by the perfect height of the pillow and enjoys the slightly firm feel. I on the other hand adore the sleep mask. I am someone who needs total darkness to sleep well and in the mornings, I slip on the super soft mask and doze off again. The fabric feels amazing and I love the store’s hypoallergenic and eco friendly philosophy!
This sleep mask from Panda Life is a must have
Other items I purchased to create this scheme were as follows:
2 x light brown linen cushion covers from H&M home £8.99 each
2 x quilted nude velvet cushions from Curate Home £25 each
1 x ‘Dashstar’ print cushion from Camomile London £10
2 x ‘Isla’ bedside easy-fit light shades from John Lewis £25 each
Birch plywood headboard approx £50 from Champion Timber
2.5 ltr tin of Johnstone’s mixed paint in Little Greene ‘Roman Plaster’ approx £25
Unfortunately I can’t repaint my entire house for autumn, but I can show you three of my fave colour schemes that I believe YOU could use in YOUR home to create a cosy atmosphere ready for the new season. And guess what? There’s not a bit of red in sight! Sometimes people think that to create a warm colour scheme, adding red is the best and only way. But earthy or darker tones are so tactile and enveloping and are perfect for creating a ‘hygge’ vibe. My favourite combinations are:
Navy, grey, mustard and gold.
Dark green, copper and nude pink.
White, rust and pale blue.
See some of my quick sketches below:
Dramatic alterations can be made to a room through painting walls, hanging different curtains, changing flooring and furniture. However, if you don’t have the budget (or time) for that, you can keep it simple and easy by refreshing smaller, less expensive things. For example your cushion collection could be added to (there can never be too many cushions) or you could bring in a new colour with a blanket or throw. Perhaps a new rug or sheepskin could add texture and warmth. New lamps, artwork or even vases can give your room a fresh feel. Also, don’t forget the fairy lights for that extra cosy factor!
I am definitely a fan of string or fairy lights in the bedroom
I do love autumn and am quite looking forward to being able to snuggle up with a hot chocolate, in my fave woolly jumper, and watch as the the world changes colour and the nights draw in. I hope this blog will inspire you to make a few simple alterations and bring some added warmth and atmosphere into your home.
Until next time.