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Decorating Your Downstairs In The Autumn

autumn coloursWith Autumn fast approaching – I thought I would share some décor ideas that are not only practical, but will also allow you to embrace the autumn months. Let’s take a look at some of the important rooms that you’ll want to show off to your guests…

Cooler temperatures mean a cosier living room

With temperatures getting lower and lower throughout the autumn months, you should make adequate changes to ensure that your living not only provides warmth, but also creates a look of warmth. Your living room is the area where you will entertain guests and most likely spend the majority of your time, so devote extra time to making it welcoming, comfortable and homely.

If you are lucky enough to have a large log fire, consider painting its backdrop in a warm colour such as a fiery red. This will create a cosy and inviting focal point from which to base your living room around.  A matching red sofa or accent pillow will help to mirror the red and complete the look.

For even more cosiness, try to incorporate as much wood as possible. This can be incorporated in the form of an ornament or coffee table. Don’t just stop there though; incorporate some autumn scented candles to round off a cosy yet stylish autumn living room.

Make your hallway warm and welcoming

The hallway is often an area that gets neglected, but it shouldn’t be that way, especially when you consider that the hallway is the first thing people will notice upon entering your home. Because hallways contribute so much to first impressions, you will want to make it as welcoming as possible. If your hallway is tiled, consider incorporating a large rug in an autumn colour such as red, rust, or dark green.

It can be hard to get the balance right between warmth and practicality; this is why so many people are unsure whether or not to opt for floor tiles or carpet. During the autumn months when rainfall is higher, having floor tiles can be very beneficial – although, carpet does have the benefit of being warmer – it’s just about weighing up the pros and cons really.

Lighting is also important; this is because the majority of hallways receive very little natural light. If this is the case with your hallway, consider adding additional lighting. There are a literally thousands of unique light fittings that will help you to not only create a cohesive look, but also act as a conversational piece. For example, Chandelier style lighting works very well in hallways with high ceilings.

Another idea is to incorporate a small wooden storage unit, this will help to break your hallway up, and the wooden tones will help to create a warmer appearance.

Kitchen

If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you will want to make sure that its appearance matches the season that you are in. The easiest way to add a touch of autumn to your kitchen is to incorporate orange flowers.  Make sure that you place them in a prominent area, ideally on your kitchen worktop or window sill. The flowers don’t have to be real though, you can pick up artificial alternatives relatively cheap.

Another easy and inexpensive way to add a seasonal touch to your kitchen is to collect autumn items and display them in small arrangements around your kitchen. Incorporate homely wall signs and novelty items to create a unique yet cosy autumn appearance. As suggested with other areas of your home, wood can also be incorporated in the kitchen. Wooden dining tables, wooden chopping boards, and wooden fruit bowls can all be utilised to create a kitchen that is fit for the autumn.

We hope you found these tips useful and continue to consider practicalities for your home throughout the year.

This article was contributed by Direct Warehouse, a tile store that specialises in hallway tiles, bathroom tiles and kitchen tiles.

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