As the approach of autumn makes its presence felt, it’s natural to start thinking ahead to cooler weather and spending much more time inside than outside. This is also the perfect opportunity to start preparing your space for those long, dark nights, so here is some autumn influenced ideas to help you get started.

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Accessories

Fat church candles, chunky cushions and snuggly, fluffy blankets which double as throws are all essential for the perfect autumn lounge. Both the gothic and country cottage looks are in vogue, which gives you free rein to decorate with anything from candlesticks and velvet to cuckoo clocks and wood.

Bedding

Send the summer duvets to the dry cleaners and replace with their winter weight counterparts, complete with covers in richer, perhaps darker or more boldly patterned covers, or something with a mosaic designs, destined to be popular this season. If it’s not quite the time to go this far, you could indulge in a jewel coloured throw or eiderdown to bridge the gap between seasons.

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Curtains

Darker, heavier curtains are ideal for shutting out the gloom and making a room feel cosy, but they can’t work miracles. Sort out any problems with your windows before the draughts become unbearable and ramp up heating bills. Ask around for recommendations or call a few firms for information. Double Glazing Gloucester companies such as https://www.firmfix.co.uk/ will be happy to advise.

Flooring

Now is the time to lay rugs on tiled flooring to keep your toes and feet warm on chilly mornings. If you can’t secure mats easily then consider a fully fitted washable, and warmer, lino. Fluffy mats are also nice for living and bedrooms, especially if you prefer to be barefooted inside.

Lighting

In the autumn we rely on lighting much more than through the spring and summer, but the strong glare of the main room lights can often be too harsh. Try switching to softer uplights and lamps in the main rooms.

Patio Living

If you have a sheltered sitting area outside primp it up with weatherproof furniture and an outdoor heater. Decorate with all-weather lights to make a cosy escape, even on cooler nights.

Marking the change in seasons can involve making just a few sensible switches and additions or be an excuse for a total overhaul. The choice is yours!