The Autumn Days Nights of Interior Design


The Autumn Days and Autumn Nights of Interior Design

Summer is all but over, the evenings already seem a little shorter and there is a definite chill in the air. Despite this here at Room4Interior HQ we enjoy autumn, revelling in the fabulous reds, golds and yellows and the faint smoky tinge to the air as more and more people light their fires and burners. You have to remember of course that autumn is also the doorway to winter and all the festive fun that comes with it.

If you are looking to give your lounge a makeover autumn is a fabulous time to do it with soft furnishing, enhanced lighting and more lifting a room despite the gloom outdoors.

Clutter Free Comfort

We tend to spend more time in the lounge during the autumn and winter once the lure of the garden loses its novelty as the outside temperature plummets. Any room which tends to b used a lot or which becomes the main family room may often be described as a haven for clutter. Eliminate the clutter by investing in some modular furniture which offers both practical storage solutions and unbeatable interior design styling. This means you will have everything you want near to hand without any of the mess.

Have Throws at the Ready

During autumn the temperatures start to drop, perhaps not low enough straight away to light a fire or switch on the heating however to stay cosy a little something extra is needed, especially at night. Throws serve a double purpose in a lounge, adding colours, patterns and a decorative touch when arranged over sofas and arm chairs. They also provide unbeatable cosiness, especially when curled up after a long day with a book in hand.

Soft Furnishing Add Comfort and Style

Autumn may seem to be a harsher season with the light seeming colder and starker. To combat this festoon your suite with brightly coloured cushions, add a new soft rug and again remember your throws.

Let the Lighting Lead the Way

At any time of the year the amount and type of light in your lounge is what builds the right kinds of atmosphere. During the last months especially it is essential that you consider your lighting arrangements carefully. Soft light for curly up in front of the television and relaxing is fine where as a brighter light would be required for reading or detailed work. Dimmer switches are often chosen to make switching between lighting levels easier however we feel you really can’t beat decorative lamps and ornate candles.

This autumn fill your lounge with soft light, luxurious furnishings and practical yet stylish modular furniture. This will help you create the perfect place for reading a book, curling up with loved one or simply enjoying a calm, relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

Amateur Interior Design Top Tips

Changing the way that a room looks or feels takes thought, time and without proper planning may be expensive. These top tips show amateur interior designers how to change a room with style and without any fuss.

It is easy to get caught up in the master plan when looking to change the way a room or even an entire home looks, especially when you have seen the perfect picture in a magazine or online which you wish to recreate. The truth is that these pictures rarely transfer exactly as you would wish them to due to the differences in room size and shape, the furniture already there and the type of natural light in place.

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The best advice interior designs give to those renovating or redecorating their homes is to take a step back and consider these top tips for getting it right first time.

  1. Make a Plan
    When you start a design led project it is important to have a rudimentary plan in place. This plan must be flexible in order to incorporate new ideas that develop as work moves on or that fabulous piece of furniture found at auction which must now be a feature. Having a basic plan in place however, as well as some style boards and similar resources stops the project getting out of hand and too far away from what you originally wanted.
  2. Get Samples
    Seeing the most fabulous pair of curtains or a carpet which looks perfect in a show room is little help to you unless you are able to look at it in the room you will be placing it in. Paint swatches, wallpaper samples, upholstery examples and more are all available from reputable retailers so that you may check out colours and textures in advance, before buying an expensive item which you then find doesn’t look quite right.
  3. Choose Furniture That is Practical and Stylish
    An antique dresser which offers absolutely no storage in a room which is crying out for it or a large modern piece which doesn’t quite fit properly and so never quite looks right adds no value to a room and will eventually end up being replaced, adding to the makeover budget and causing more work. Ensure before you buy anything that you measure up the room properly, including the windows, doorways and recesses. Modular bedroom furniture which may look traditional in style or more modern is often used to add valuable storage, to fit into awkward spaces and of course looks great too.
  4. Use Accessories and Homewares to Alter a Room
    Sometimes changing the way that a room looks and feels is reliant less on putting up new wallpaper or repainting everywhere than it is on dressing a room differently. For example, in a room with a neutral colour on the walls changing floral throws and curtains, and replacing these with more colourful contemporary pieces, adding theme and colour coordinating wall art, clocks, lampshade and assorted homewares would completely transform the space.

Take a step back and look at the room as it is before you start any project, consider your budget, what the room is used for, whether you are likely to want to change it again in twelve months. Think carefully about what would truly make your time in the space happy, as opposed to putting too much importance upon mirroring what professional interior designers state is the current top look.

Overhaull Your Walls

Creativity doesn’t just stop with your furniture and soft furnishings; there is a huge expanse of space on your walls too. If you are keen of creating a unique look and adding a bit of character to featureless walls, then look no further, the suggestions here will help to get you started.

Fabric, especially designer fabric can cost a lot of money; however you can add a bit of designer style on a budget. Think about covering your bed headboard in a designer fabric, or taking a canvas panel and covering it with designer wall paper.  If you cover a few panels you can add these blocks of colour to walls, lifting them from plain to wow.

Stencils and stickers are a favourite at the moment, as they are relatively good value for money and can create a whole new look in a room. There is a wide range to choose, from witty slogans to monochrome silhouettes. You can place a vibrant graphic in a dull alcove to add a bit of a surprise or for larger graphics you can build them up from the skirting board and let them develop onto the wall space.

Wall art is another stylish alternative to framed pictures, the trend at the moment is for metal art with the essence of nature about it, however if you like to set your own trend, why not create your own, from finds along the seashore, such as driftwood or create a collage of shells or other items you find upon your travels.

Hopefully these easy ideas will inspire you to create your own masterpiece to feature on your walls. But don’t forget about papier-mâché, you can make masks, animal heads in fact anything you can think of, just paint in one colour or add crystals and fabric and go crazy with it.

Citrus Zest Appeal

There are some wonderful vivid colours hitting the stores, most notably is the zingy zesty greens and sumptuous olive tones.  You’ll be able to add just a splash of these colours to bring your home up to date this year or you could try the retro style wallpaper in olive for a bolder statement.

But it’s not just wallpaper and cushions featuring the vivid greens, sofas and armchairs are being spruced up to add extra vibrancy to a living room.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to an overhaul of your home, you could look at buying some reasonably priced artwork, with the splashes of bright green or soft shades of olive to add to your walls.

If your budget is really tight, think about buying a few small pots of paint in various green shades and some large pebbles and give them the citrus makeover, you can then group these around your home for your own little citrus zest appeal.

Folky Florals

So winter is upon us, but there is no reason why the deeper shades of spring can’t be used in the home, they really do make the most of the darker months.  Think along the lines of pinks, purples and reds, with a splash of palm leaf green.  These colours are ideal for infusing into the bedroom.  Look towards plain pieces of bedroom furniture as the main accent will be the depth of soft furnishings.

Cleverly intersperse floral patterns amongst bold purple bedspreads, by using cushions and updating the curtains.  You can also bring the floral accent in by making use of floral china or ornaments decorated with flourishes of pink and cream. If you want a more long term effect, artificial flowers will carry on the look throughout the winter months without you having to worry about constantly replacing.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to replacing wardrobes, then think about how a folksy look works with mismatched pieces of furniture, the key is to ensure there is a singular theme running through, in this case it would be floral and purple, so even adding a patterned rug will get your bedroom folky.