As we hit Autumn, and particularly as September starts to roll on (where, exactly is the month going?) we start to think more about getting our homes ready for Christmas. Now, but that, I don’t mean we start sticking the decorations up any time soon, but we do think about the final home improvements of the year, and those little touches that will have the house looking its best before it is descended on by hoards of relatives.
The most popular room to redecorate and modernise is the living room, which is why you see all those furniture shops who have those never ending sales promising sofas that can be delivered for Christmas. But a living room update doesn’t have to involve lots of new furniture, it can be as simple as adding some new lighting, accessories and candles to give your room a new feel.
Change your lighting
The lights you use in your living room affect the whole ambience of the setting. Crystal lighting, in the form of chandeliers, is particularly beautiful and adds a touch of luxury to any room by being a focal point – a real statement piece. if you feel your room is too small for an ostentatious piece, then a crystal table lamp is another very attractive option. You can find some great examples of both at Sherwood Lighting.
Candles can leave a room smelling fresh and fragrant, and can also help to define the season through their scent. Yankee Candles are well known for the enormous variety of scents they create, including scents specifically for Autumn and Christmas. Autumn varieties include Autumn Night, Autumn Glow and Fireside Treats, both names that evoke the idea of nights drawing in and being warm and cosy in front of the TV. With prices starting at just £1.99 for a votive with 15 hours burning time, these are an affordable way to update your room for the new season.
A few new accessories
Re-doing a room from top to bottom can be very expensive, but adding a few distinctive and attractive accessories can make a real difference to a room. A mirror for a chimney breast is a great way to make a room look different, and appear bigger. As a lover of all things Art Deco I would try to source original pieces, but this is becoming more difficult, House of Fraser currently have some great Art Deco dupes in their fabulous Biba range, which give more than a passing nod to the great trend of the 1920s and 30s.
Scatter cushions, rugs and vases filled with fresh flowers also add lovely touches to any living room and help you to stamp your personality on your space.
Are you planning to revamp a room this Autumn?
Even though it remains true that neutral colours are the most popular choice when it comes to decorating our homes, more and more people are now looking to more interesting choices. Amongst these, metallic colours – silver, gold, bronze and rose gold, are growing in popularity, particularly when it comes to home accessories. For metallics, the truth for our home echoes the truth for our wardrobes, and whilst we may not want a gold sofa any more than we would be brave enough to wear a gold dress, an accent of metallic – a cushion, a vase or a mirror, could be a beautiful addition to any room.
Here are a few ideas for how to add metallic elements to your room.
Using a beautiful silver wallpaper for a feature wall is a great way to add style and interest to a living room, or could look wonderful all over a bedroom. Silver wallpaper does not mean foil effects that make you feel like you are traveling in a rocket or some sort of nuclear bunker, rather it can be a cool, beautiful, soft look that has a relaxing effect. I love the Arthouse Bosco Silver Leaf Trail Glitter Wallpaper which has a beautiful fern style effect running through the paper, the perfect way to add a metallic touch to your home.
Metallic cushion designs have become very popular lately, particularly arranged on a bed. In the 1970s, Biba brought out a range of homewares that were totally Art Deco inspired and often featured gold as a key colour, fast forward to the present day and Biba, now available at House of Fraser, is once again showing how wonderful gold can look in the home. Other companies have also embraced an Art Deco aesthetic, look at this fabulous cushion from JD Williams which could’ve come straight from the set of The Great Gatsby.
A metallic throw
Whether you are covering a sofa or a bed, a metallic throw is a real stylish option that could be a practical way to add shine to a room. Rose Gold is just such a pretty shade with its pinkish tones, and I think this Stylish faux rose gold foil triangles pattern fleece blanket could be a really pretty accessory for any room.
If you’ve ever wanted to add a little sparkle to your room but worried it would be too ostentatious, I hope the ideas above make you have a rethink.