September is perhaps the most serious month. Work and schools start again, the laid-back mentality of summer is often left behind with the sunshine, and perhaps those niggling home improvements that have been at the back of your mind are now ready to be completed. With Autumn almost here, we take a look at what made an interior impact to us this month, and our 5 tips to bring it into the home this October.1. Back to School: Find some focus space
It’s that time of the year again. Little ones may no longer be so little, and the on-set of school and work may mean needing to keep up focus in the home. Even if you may be too old for school, you might want to freshen up on a few skills, learn something new or dig into a pile of books and keep your brain busy.
If you have a seldom used guest bedroom, make the most of the space and transform it into a tranquil place to study in. Rather than a bulky bed, opt for a day bed or sofa bed and give the room another purpose. Simple, open shelving in pale shades of white, cream and blue can look great in any room and will keep a home tidy to help the family learn, as well as create the perfect, calm atmosphere to work in.
Pile your favourite hardback books on a coffee table for a stunning, sophisticated look in the home.2. Winter is coming: Work with its colours
As summer comes to an end, browns and reds start to infuse the interior colour palette, replacing summer’s bright greens and floral hues. Working with nature in the home creates a wonderful sense of tranquillity and can be styled to blend easily into a range of décors. We love pairing simple, white walls with rich, earthy textures and tones for a modern look. And with the 70’s interior trend in full swing, what better way than bringing it into the home than with warm shades of oatmeal brown and soft toffee?
3. Time to minimise: De-cluttering means de-stressing
Shake up your bedroom and pick three shades of Autumnal hues to add a stunning depth of texture that will stand the test of time.
Summer was all about being carefree, but come September and October, it’s time to get things back in order. It’s time to get rid of the things that you don’t need. Perhaps as you’re bringing out the winter wardrobe, you may notice piles of unnecessary clutter that have been hoarded over the summer. A deep cleanse of this excess clutter is a great way to open up a home and make a space seem calmer. Use stylish, storage boxes to keep your necessary odds and ends in order and remember to be rigorous when deciding on what stays or goes.
4. Lighting inspiration: Create a sense of calm with soothing light
A great solution to a small bathroom, investing in a mirrored cabinet will create the illusion of more space, as well as keep your bathroom essentials out of sight.
As the days are getting darker, it may be time to re-evaluate your home lighting. Unfortunately, soon enough you’ll be spending what feels to be as much time in the dark as the light at home as evenings seem to get earlier, and mornings later. Make sure that your light bulbs cast a soft, creamy light rather than a stark bright white tone, as it will help you to relax after a long day at work. Finding the right bulb is a simple and cheap trick that will make all the difference. A statement lampshade that you adore, will instantly freshen up a space. We love wicker frames for a cosy, organic look this season, or thin metal wire designs for a more industrial look. Candlelight offers a relaxing, soothing light source that is cost affective, yet will make the world of difference in a dull room.
5. A place to rest: Give your bed some attention
Stock up on calming candles and place them in milky, glass jars for a lovely, pretty touch this Autumn.
The days are getting shorter and cooler, so you may be looking forward to spending more time in bed and snuggling into your duvet on a chilly morning. And - perhaps easily forgotten about - your bed may be in need of some TLC Being one of the most used pieces of furniture in the home; October and the on-set of Autumn is the perfect time to give your bed an update and ensure that it will be as snug as possible over the coming months. If you’re faced with a lumpy, tired mattress, invest in one that will leave you waking up fresh. Soft, cotton bedding will give you the perfect opportunity to wrap up and escape from a hectic day, whilst switching to hypoallergenic pillows and duvets can make it easier to breathe throughout the night.
Take a look at your bed slats, as replacing worn or cracked ones can make all the difference to your sleep.
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