As the nights draw in we can all end up feeling a bit bleurgh 😩 The summer's long gone, it's chilly and damp, and we're spending much less time in the great outdoors. So how do you keep your spirits up as the temperature takes a turn for the worse? Get the paint brush out, that's how! 🌈
With a little bit of help from COAT Paints, you can turn your pad into a cosy sanctuary in no time. It's all about choosing rich, autumnal colours and adding texture and contrast with chunky throws and rustic accessories. You've got this 👊
IT'S ALL ABOUT COLOUR
Autumnal paint colours tend to reflect the natural world and we've got all those earthy tones covered with our curated range of pigment-rich shades. The hedgerows are bursting with colour at the moment, which is why shades such as leafy green Nomad, berry red The Old Corset Factory and plum purple Oh Boysenberry are spot on for a dramatic living room makeover 🍇
If jewel tones are more your thing, why not go for of-the-moment yellow Moritz or vivid turquoise Pool House? They work really well in dark, autumnal interiors, providing a delicious pop of colour to keep your pecker up! Pair them with textured woods and lots of greenery for a warm and uplifting vibe 🌿
Rich greens are also big news for autumn 2021, bringing a soothing and restorative feel to a space. Read more about how to choose the right green for your home in our blog post Glorious Greens And How to Use Them 💚
If you prefer to play it a bit safer with a pale backdrop, then our warm neutrals may well be right up your street. Keeping the backdrop neutral will allow you to add plenty of colour and texture with characterful accessories. The perfect approach for a rental property where you might be limited on how bold you can go with the wall colour.
Our brownish grey Sunday Soul is warm and welcoming, a bit like a comforting hug, and would be the perfect foil for a green velvet sofa or a leather chesterfield. Butterscotch beige Pudding is also warm but unthreatening – much like some of our favourite people 😂 Pair Pudding with textured browns or purples for a harmonious look.
Feeling inspired? Grab some of our Peel & Stick paint swatches to try out some colours at home 🙌
LAYER UP THOSE COSY TEXTURES
Texture is absolutely key for creating a cosy look this autumn. Start from the ground up with a statement rug. Our current fave is Habitat's cream Moroccan-style berber rug which is 100% wool and super fluffy 🐑 Then there's Dunelm's Grace rug with it's on-trend scalloped edging and chunky, woven jute texture.
Cosy throws are another way to add layers of texture to a scheme. Drape them over your sofa for a handy bit of extra warmth. Faux sheepskin, lambswool or cable knit are our go-tos for the colder months. Dunelm's Freya Chunky Knit in Sage is a surefire way to add a layer of subtle, bobbly loveliness.
Wooden cladding is another option when it comes to adding texture and warmth. Tongue and groove to dado rail height will never go out of fashion and can be painted in a contrasting shade to the walls to create a colour block effect. Natural wood finishes also help bring a room bang up to date, with horizontal shiplap planks and slatted vertical strips both proving super popular this season.
Don't forget that you can update your look with furniture, too. What could be better as we edge towards Christmas than a vintage-inspired drinks trolley or sideboard? We love the Flute Marble Drinks Cabinet from Atkin and Thyme with its marble top and dark, reeded doors. And if you're looking for extra texture in the bedroom, it's hard to beat the chunky, woven feel of the Wicker Headboard from Cox & Cox or the furry Upholstered Bouclé Armchair from Zara Home.
IF IN DOUBT, ACCESSORISE!
So, you've got all the big stuff sorted with the walls, floors and furniture. Now it's time to pick out some accessories to add character and colour to your cosy scheme. Natural materials such as rattan, bamboo and wicker are big news this autumn, so get channelling that rustic vibe. Graham and Green has a lovely striped straw basket which would look perfect by the fire, and Nordic House's seagrass tray is a great way to add texture to a coffee table or sideboard.
We can't get enough of H&M Home's rustic vases this season. We particularly like the sculptural large ceramic vase in light beige with its wonderfully curved ripples and the large stoneware vase in dark grey. Why not fill them with dried grasses or faux stems to create extra height and texture? Abigail Ahern stocks some brilliant faux botanicals in lovely autumny colours. You can't go wrong with the Melaleuca Purples or the Morning Mist Berry Lilacs which are only £9 per stem.
If you want to go the whole hog with the autumnal theme, a seasonal wreath for your front door made from feathers, leaves or fruit is an absolutely must. Especially if you want to score top marks on Instagram. Check out #autumnwreath for some colourful inspo! 🍁
Whatever you choose for your home this autumn, keep it warm, textured and rustic for a cosy look to help you hunker down til spring.
So, to recap here are our…
3 TIPS FOR GETTING COSY THIS AUTUMN
1) Be bold with colour – Earthy shades inspired by nature will make you feel cosy and cocooned
2) Embrace texture – Rustic contrasts are the way to go with rattan, bamboo, poured concrete and wood
3) Layer it up, baby – Go to town with cosy throws, woollen rugs and exotic kelims
And as we always say, it starts with a swatch. Grab yours now. ✌