Now that the nights are drawing in and the temperature is dropping, adding an element of warmth and cosiness to your bedroom is a must as autumn gets into full swing.
Here are some top tips to achieve this.
Your summer bedroom colour palette may have consisted of cool blues and sunny yellows, but as autumn approaches you need to bring warmer colours to your place of slumber. Take inspiration from the great outdoors, and add natural autumnal tones of gold, red, orange and brown to your bedroom. Sumptuous, rich red Egyptian cotton sheets and plump burnt orange cushions create warmth in your bedroom, even when it's cold outside.
Your summer bedding will soon prove that it isn't up to the task of taking on the cooler weather, so now is the time to switch to warmer, softer fabrics that will see you through the chillier months. A high tog duvet is a must, but it's also a good idea to have extra layers to hand, such as a fleecy throw or blanket, on those nights when the temperature takes a sharp tumble. Choose comforting, luxurious textures and fabrics, such as Egyptian cotton duvet covers, to make you feel cosseted this autumn.
Lightweight curtains may be ideal for summer, but they won't keep the draughts out as autumn arrives. Swap summery curtains for heavier drapes or a blackout blind for added insulation.
If you have bare floors, add a fluffy rug to bring warmth to the room and your feet. While you're at it, if there are any cracks or holes in your window frames, or your windows won't shut properly, now is the time to tackle these jobs to keep nuisance draughts from entering your room. Equally, check that your radiators or fireplace in the bedroom are fully functioning for maximum heat efficiency.
Whether you bring warmth to your bedroom with Egyptian cotton bedding, velvety cushions or fleecy throws, you can also inject some much-needed cosiness during autumn by focusing on your choice of bedroom accessories. Candles dotted around the room create an uplifting feel, while a vase filled with berry-laden twigs or pinecones brings a seasonal touch of the outdoors inside. If you have an en-suite bathroom, don't forget to extend your autumn makeover into this room, by including sumptuous Egyptian cotton towels, warming fragrances and candles. Always
keep in mind that it's the small touches that make a difference to the look and feel of a space.
As darker nights beckon, it's a good idea to focus on your bedroom lighting if you want to create a warm and cosy ambience. Choose low-watt lighting with warm tones for bedside lights, or if you want a complete change, add spotlights to your bedroom with a dimmer switch that lets you control the light levels. A string of fairy lights draped around the bedpost or wall mirror also adds a gentle warming vibe to a bedroom.