About the Author:
Hannah Kay has been blogging for 3 years now, about all things lifestyle, fashion, beauty, fitness, and skincare. She is also a professional dancer in training so writes about her student life within Dance. She loves connecting with other bloggers and keeping involved in the blogging community. You’ll find her links at the end of the post. Today she’ll be sharing how you can create an autumnal home that’s nice and cosy in time for the colder months.
As we’re coming into the end months of 2020, I feel that bringing the seasons into your home would really help you to embrace the beauty of those months, and let you enjoy them even more. Autumn and Winter months get a lot of grief for just being ‘cold’, ‘dark’ and ‘muggy’ which I personally don’t consider them to be.
Cosy living is something I love to embrace (more in line with ‘hygge’). So I thought I’d give you some super easy and simple tips that can transform your home to help you warm up and snuggle into the last few months of the year. I do really think it’s the little changes you can make in your home that make it.
Autumnal Home Scents
These are a huge favourite of mine, especially Yankee Candles (I’m obsessed!). You don’t always have to have candles however, as I know a lot of student flats and houses don’t allow flames indoors. Alternatives can include reed diffusers, essential oil diffusers, or you can delve deep into your kitchen and start baking so you have home-baked goods filling your house with beautiful smells. All of these are super small and easy ways of creating a nice cosy atmosphere within your home. These scents can also be changed to match the seasons.
Autumn: Orange, Pumpkin-Spiced, Cinnamon, Apple Cider.
Winter: Gingerbread, Peppermint, Cranberry & Berries.
Spring: Lavender, Lemon, Floral, Fresh Cotton.
Summer: Rose, Blossom, Sweetness.
When it comes to bedrooms or lounge areas, making them cosy is essential as you want to make those areas feel as homely as possible. Anything like cushions and throws are things that you can interchange between the rooms if they are similar themed. Try taking all your cushions and throws out of all the rooms in your house and mixing it up a bit, change where they live for a while. Also, another thing if you can afford it is to buy a bedding set per season. Now this can be pumpkins and oranges for an Autumnal home, or you can simply change the colour scheme i.e. red/white/green for closer to Christmas. Anything to help you get in the mood.
Autumnal Home Lighting
This is something that really makes a difference in those darker, later months of the year. First things first, make sure you draw your curtains as soon as you wake up. Even if it’s still dark, you may forget to do it when it actually lightens up, so it’s something you’ll thank yourself for later.
Another thing is bringing in ambient lighting through your lamps. Any lamps in your home you can try buying more gentle colouring for the bulbs instead of them being a white light. You can make them softer by getting more of a yellow/orange-toned light bulb. As soon as the evening darkness comes you can whack on those lamps and start feeling the cosy mood spread throughout your home.
This last point with lighting is my favourite, and it’s to buy yourself some fairy lights! These are great all year round but are a huge life-changer during the darker months. Hang them in your cosy rooms (bedroom, lounge, snug etc) and it changes the whole mood. Same with the lamps; try ensuring they’re a calm, yellow tone rather than white, or even see if you can change their brightness settings. Some will also do colour changing and that’s great for December when you want all the colours around your Christmas parties.
Greenery and Decor
Last few points are about the extra bits and bobs. Changing the entire décor of a room can be a big task and also can rack up in price so try thinking about the small decorative bits you could swap out. For example, small signs you have hung up, photo frame colours, placemats/coasters, etc. All of these, like previous, can just be changed to a seasonal colour or pattern, and once you have them they can be constantly interchanged throughout the years ahead. It is all in those little touches.
Bring in the outdoors, figure out what plants and flowers you can cater for and which ones are in season. This is the final little touch but it can completely change a room, just by bringing some nature in. Make sure you have that mistletoe at the ready for when December comes.
Thank you so much for taking your time to read this post. I hope I’ve opened your eyes up to how easy and simple it can be to embrace the autumn season. We’ve been through one hell of a year and I for sure can’t wait to see the end of it. However I do want to savour and enjoy these last few months as much as I can. I hope you do too.
Be sure to check out more of my blog posts at the links below. Thank you to Em for having me on your blog!
Check out last week’s post here: https://www.emgoingplaces.com/2020/09/learning-french-is-duolingo-premium-better-than-the-free-version/