I’m one of those people who impatiently await the arrival of autumn. The first fire of the season, leaves turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow, woolly socks and jumpers down to your knees – I love it all! On the home front, I also love taking the time to embrace autumn in all its cosy glory by bringing out the sheepskin throws, woven blankets and scented jar candles, filling up the log basket and adding seasonal foraged pieces such as pinecones and dried seed heads into large bowls or vases.
I was therefore delighted to be recently chosen to take part in an autumn home project as part of my involvement in the Home Experts Community at Wayfair.co.uk. They asked myself and nine other bloggers to take on an Autumn Colour Challenge, whereby we update an area of our home with some seasonal autumn colour to make it wonderfully inviting for the cooler months ahead.
Here’s how I got on…
Our drawing room is the one room in the house which is predominantly grey and whilst it’s soft, muted and generally cosy, I felt like it needed an injection of vibrant colour to bring it snugly into the new season. It’s our chill out space in the house, as we haven’t installed a TV in there yet and it’s home to a big open fireplace that was original to the house, so it needs to feel cosy and welcoming come the colder nights.
Firstly, I decided to check out Wayfair’s range of yellow home accessories to warm up the pair of grey sofas I bought last year and I found this beautiful embroidered scatter cushion in a gorgeous ochre colour to complement the greys and deep blues I already have in the room.
It is embroidered on one side and the cover is removable for easy cleaning, which is a bonus in my busy household! I really love the delicately embroidered pattern on the front as it adds a little interest alongside the plainer accessories.
To add a few more cosy touches, I created a little autumn vignette on a tray in the centre of my coffee table, decorated with a scented candle, some autumn leaves picked up on our walks and a few sprigs of herb fennel and dried seed heads plucked from the garden. I arranged the seed heads in this glass vase which I just loved the simple shape of.
Our room was lacking a floor lamp for reading by in the evening; something that I just love to curl up and do on a Sunday night once the kids are in bed! So, I chose this black floor lamp for its unusual, almost industrial-meets-Scandi design. I love its simple black silhouette against the soft grey wall behind and the glass lampshade shows off a vintage bulb perfectly. You could use any sort of lightbulb, however I love the retro look of a vintage bulb and the soft golden glow it gives to the room. (You can see how it looks when it’s switched off during the day in the pictures further below).
I also added a large woven wicker basket for storing a supply of logs in. I love the fact it’s fully lined with hessian, which helps prevent the problem of finding bits of dirt all over the floor when you fill it with freshly chopped wood! Wicker is also a beautiful texture to add to a room at this time of year – I chose a grey wicker for a more contemporary feel.
For an added dose of texture in the room, I thought this grey faux fur cushion was just the ticket. It has a beautifully soft, fluffy feel to it and I always think that tactile pieces such as this are brilliant for building up layers of texture in a room and making the whole scheme much more interesting to the eye. Any interior designer will tell you it’s all about the little details in a successful room scheme – the details they’re referring to are the different textures, finishes and layers of pattern that come together for that cohesive look.
On the back of the sofa, you can just see a striped mohair throw, which I chose for its soft ochre and grey colour way. It’s really soft to the touch and features a lovely fringed edging – perfect for wrapping around your shoulders once the temperature drops.
I’m really pleased with how the pieces I’ve chosen have blended into the room, with their different textures and the injection of warm ochre making it all feel so much cosier. Grey and yellow are a classic combo and I can completely see why!
Do pop over to Wayfair.co.uk and have a look at their autumnal pieces – I chose yellow as my accent colour, however teal or rusty red both work really well in the autumn home, too.
What’s your autumn accent colour going to be this year?
** This post was written in collaboration with Wayfair.co.uk, however all products were chosen by myself and have been honestly reviewed. All opinions given are my own.**