Welcoming Autumn Into Your Home

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The nights are beginning to draw in, temperatures are dropping and autumn is here. It’s a season that never disappoints in terms of the colours that Mother Nature delivers including dazzling golds, vibrant yellows, rich oranges, deep reds, gleaming bronzes and lustrous copper tones. It truly is a magical time of year, a time when we want to be warm and cosy in our homes, snuggling up on the sofa in front of a crackling fire or scrunched up under the duvet sipping cocoa. Autumn signals warm fluffy slippers, crunchy leaves, large coats, hats and scarves.

Autumn gives us the opportunity to make all the rooms of our homes feel that little bit cosier, a place where we can relax and unwind and also welcome our friends and family. In this article, Style My Home looks at ways of bringing autumn into your home.

Accessorise To Transform Your House From Summer To Autumn

Just by adding a few accessories, you can make a quick transformation from summer to autumn.

  • Statement throws and blankets
  • Rugs on hardwood floors and tiles
  • Fragrances with autumnal hues
  • Scented candles
  • Accessories including cushions and pillows
  • Create mood lighting with lamps
  • Look to add a fire or woodburner and display logs boldly
  • Update colour schemes to create more warmth with deeper paint colours
  • Add a feature wall

Woody Earthy Tones And Sweet Floral and Berry Fragrances

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Rugs will bring instant cosiness and textures and keep your feet warm at the same time and elegant throw rugs will add a touch of sophistication. Introduce a touch of panache by draping throws over the arms of chairs and sofas. Autumn fragrances range from woody, earthy tones to sweet floral and berry notes, so choose your favourite scents to fill your home with beautiful aromas and display candles in groups for more effect. Bring the outside inside with botanical cushions and autumn-inspired wallpapers. As we lose light, it’s important to create light, so add an extra lamp or two. And, if you’re feeling really bold, change your colour schemes and fabrics to autumn shades.

Autumn Rooms

  • Spruce up your front door and porch
  • Create space for wellies, coats, scarves and gloves
  • Design an autumnal dining table
  • Make your bedroom cosy

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Porches, Halls and Boot Rooms

Paint your front door a cheerful and bright colour, stack logs in the porch, have a thick doormat and a wreath of autumnal colours to make an instant impact and show a warm welcome. Place a boot rack outside for dirty and muddy boots and create a space in the hallway for wellies, have hooks for warm coats and macs and a basket for scarfs, hats and gloves.

Table Settings, Flowers, Twigs And Branches

Change your table settings to reflect autumn by choosing a richer colour palette, add rattan place mats and earthy toned napkins. Bring in autumn flowers including chrysanthemums, gladioli and roses and collect twigs, berries and gnarled branches to add character and texture.

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What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need help to bring autumn into your home, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create rooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

 

Ideas For An Unused Or Empty Room In Your Home

 

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Have your children left home and no longer use their rooms? Or do you have a room such as a dining room, which you rarely use or do you actually have that proverbial spare room, a room that you have just shut the door on and which, as everyday goes by gathers more and more dust? For whatever reason, you have a room or rooms that basically have no function or purpose and you don’t know what to do with them.

Do you just keep them as they are, as if they were like rooms in a stately home, or do you transform them into useful spaces that you can benefit from and enjoy? Style My Home, a leading Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells certainly hopes you think about the latter and see this gained space as an exciting opportunity, which you can totally transform in a practical or completely indulgent way or a bit of both. Here are some of our ideas as to what you can do with your empty or unused rooms.

  • Guest room
  • Dressing room
  • Study or office
  • Hobby room
  • A retreat
  • Gym/spa/exercise studio
  • Sitting room or snug
  • Reading room
  • Music room
  • Multi-functional room
  • Games room

A Comfortable and Relaxing Guest Room

The above options show that the possibilities are endless, and perhaps herein is the problem. You really do have to decide what will work for you. A Guest Room is an obvious choice and the room vacated by a child who has gone to university would work perfectly. It can be transformed into a welcoming and relaxing space and not one that is filled with all your children’s posters and trophies. Crisp bedlinen and simple accessories could create a space you would be happy to welcome guests to stay.

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A Craft or Hobby Room

Perhaps you have a hobby such as sewing or painting or a craft such as jewellery making, which you would like to spend more time doing but you never seem to get round to it because of the inconvenience of having to put out all the necessary equipment on the kitchen or dining room table. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all set up ready so that you can just go in and start making curtains or continue your landscape painting? Thoughtful, organised storage can make a hobby room a huge success and a place you love to be in.

If the room isn’t very big, you might want to turn it into a dressing room or an office or even a reading room or quiet retreat.

Be Imaginative and Add Colour and Personal Touches

  • Declutter and tidy
  • Think outside the box and be creative
  • Lighten up the space with colour
  • Spruce up a child’s bedroom
  • Add personal touches e.g. artwork, cushions, furniture
  • Introduce plants
  • Lighting – add lamps and mood effects

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An Exercise or Games Room

Other ideas include a gym or a games room. Even if you are a member of a local health club, it’s nice to be able to work out in your own space without all the travel involved. You can fill a games room with a pool table, table tennis table, a dartboard or even an air hockey table. If the space is small, maybe consider a mirrored wall to create space so it makes a great work out place.

Create Practical Multi-Purpose Rooms

Multi-functional rooms could be a home office and library, or a media room, which transforms into a cosy sitting room or snug where you can watch the latest movies as well as listening to your favourite music. Children’s bedrooms can be transformed into stunning guest rooms but when the children come back to stay, they are still available. A craft or hobby room can quickly be transformed into an artist’s studio if you keep furniture to a minimum. All of these combinations allow you to consider storage options as well!

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home. So if you are lucky enough to have a spare or unused room, don’t let it go to waste and do make the most of optimising your newly found space. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to realise the full potential of their homes by transforming unused and spare rooms into practical and useful spaces.

Declutter and Evaluate Your Home – Are You Ready To Ring The Changes?

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Do you smile as you approach your home and think of the oasis of calm that is waiting for you behind the front door? Or do you dread it as you think of the mess and clutter that is waiting for you?

It’s so true that, “A home should be a home” and it should be the place that you look forward to coming back to and hanging out in. A home must be not only practical and functional but also inviting, interesting, pleasing on the eye and relaxing. Does your home contain that tranquil space where you can forget about everything and wind down? Does it exude your character and personality and have that comfortable sofa where you can completely relax? If it’s filled with your clutter and mess, you really need to make changes.

“Start Ringing The Changes”

February is a wonderful time to start ringing the changes and thinking afresh. It’s time to visit the old saying, “Out with the old, in with the new”. Take a good look around your home and ask yourself if you really love being there.

  • Are you happy in your home?
  • Is it working for you?
  • Do you only see mess and clutter?
  • Does the whole house need a tweak or a transformation, or is it just a room or two?

Now is the time to declutter and then evaluate!

To create the atmosphere and ambiance you are looking for, you will need to streamline your possessions and give your home a good clean and keep it that way. Go through your home room by room. Deep cleaning and decluttering can be extremely therapeutic and calming.

You will need to summon your ruthless streak and start thinking of throwing out, fixing and mending, donating, going to the tip, recycling or selling at a boot fair or through social media.

Discover Space and Calm

Mess can be oppressive and you’ll soon discover that if you keep surfaces clear and clean and put things away in cupboards and other storage spaces, it will be well worth the effort as you discover calm and that oppressive feeling starts to dissipate.

Once you’ve overcome the hurdles of decluttering and cleaning, you will really be able to see your rooms in a new light. You may be surprised by the amount of extra space that has been created and you now have a blank canvas to begin creating the home you are looking for.

Use Your Imagination

  • Paint with soft and warm colours
  • Refresh your furniture
  • Introduce new lighting
  • Fill with scents and aromas such as candles
  • Bring interest with rugs and cushions
  • Lift the mood with plants and flowers

You will find that major renovations aren’t necessary such as replacing doors and windows, knocking down walls or putting in a completely new kitchen – a few tweaks here and there can really transform a property. Pick out some lamps and colourful cushions and add a new picture and of course use a little bit of imagination!

What To Do Next

If you would like some help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have bought that oasis of calm to many properties in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas and delighted owners as the spring has come back into their step as they approach home.

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Trend Spotting: Peach & Terracotta

Say “hello” to Peach this 2018 – this ranges from salmon, coral and terracotta to a dusky rose. This burnt orange-inspired tone takes over from last year’s must-have Millennial Pink. It’s soft and powdery shades offer a fresh palette and a mellow new neutral, perfect if you are not able to face yet another grey. Embrace nature and go for apricot, dusky rose and terracotta shades with accents of natural wood. Warmer textures such as brass, natural wood and velvets enhance these peach tones, creating a modern and grown-up alternative to pinks, with a base colour that is really easy to team with anything!

Need some more inspiration? Here’s how we would style the must-have colour of 2018 – Peach!

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Wall Paint: Blush, Little Greene  • Sofa: Scott 3-Seater Sofa in Burnt Orange Cotton Velvet, Made.com – £999.00 • Rug: Watercolour Trellis Wool Shag Rug, West Elm – £499.00 • Mirror: Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror, West Elm – £249.00 • Pendant Light: Elmley Curved Rattan Shade, Habitat – £90.00 • Planter: Standing Brass Planter, Cox & Cox – £120.00 • Footstool: Circus Small Poufe by Normann Copenhagen, Made in Design – £328.00

Or add a more subtle hint of peach with one of our favourite accessories:

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Christmas Styling: Country Living

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