How to update your home this autumn

SAM ALLEN
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2013

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It's that time of the year again when the days start to shorten and the green leaves of summer begin to turn and fall. As autumn makes its presence felt with cooler temperatures and warmer hues, the time is right to reinvigorate your interiors with some seasonal splashes.

Here are a few suggestions to help you capture the spirit of this beautiful time of the year inside your home.

The autumn colour palette is filled with warm hues such as balmy oranges, rusty reds, tan, yellow and browns. Incorporating these tones into your home doesn't have to mean changing out your entire interior scheme; the art of seasonal makeovers lies is cleverly accessorising and complementing your existing decor with in-season colours.

For example, nothing says 'autumn is here' quite like a gathering of rustic leaves. Real or synthetic, leaves can be added to vases or arranged in a dish of potpourri for an instant injection of autumn.

An easy way to banish the creeping cold is by introducing layers and textures of materials in seasonal colours that exude comfort and warmth. The art of layering can be daunting, but there is a huge assortment of textures, colours, shapes and sizes available that can work to completely transform a room's aesthetic. Try styling your sofa with a variety of soft blankets and comfy pillows in autumnal colours and prints.

Autumn is all about texture and vibrant patterns; think crumpling fire-engine red and burnt orange leaves and nearly naked trees. Prints and patterns are a great way to bring this part of the season inside; whether in the form of florals in earthy tones or animal designs such as birds, badgers, squirrels and foxes. I'm definitely thinking back to the beautiful imagery and textures in the classic 'Wind in the Willows' for my autumnal inspiration.

I've also been paying a bit of attention to sprucing up the floors; what lies beneath our feet is one of the most underutilised areas of a home when it comes to styling. I'm particularly interested in adding a few big, cosy rugs for extra comfort and depth around the home. Traditionally more of a luxury purchase, the likes of Trade Me and eBay have made these far more accessible.

No matter what time of the year, it's the small touches that make the big difference when updating your decor to suit the changing seasons.   

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