Expert advice on how every home can incorporate woods to create a warm feel this autumn
With Pinterest searches for Autumn home decor up by 200% since last month, we teamed up with the Interior Design Specialist at 247 Blinds, Amy Wilson, to share her tips and ideas on how every home can incorporate woods to create a warm and cosy feel this autumn. With Google searches for cabincore decor up 180% and forestcore decor up 250% in the past 12 months, Amy explains why the season is the perfect time to embrace cosier interior trends.
Why every home needs some Wood in autumn
All rooms will benefit from introducing some wood features or details. Whether that is a wood-look floor, a vintage chest of drawers, wooden chairs or a wooden blind, the texture and connection to nature will give your home added depth and balance. This is the perfect pairing for the deeper, richer colours we tend to associate with autumn.
Merits of using woods when decorating your home
Featuring woods in your home can help create warmth, texture, soundproofing and contrast. Woods with warm undertones have shades of red, orange or yellow and can add a sense of nostalgia as they are more traditional. Embracing these warmer tones will help warm up decor that has cool paint shades and artificial light in autumn.
Amy says: “Autumn is the perfect time to embrace cosier interiors as the weather starts to cool down and we naturally want to spend more time inside. The season lends itself to trends such as cabincore, romanticising the cosiness of cabin style and forestcore, bringing natural textures, plush fabrics and plenty of greenery into the home.”
Pair colour schemes with warm woods carefully
When selecting colour schemes to complement wood, it’s essential to consider the undertones present in the wood itself.
Amy advises: “To embrace the tones of your wood choices you should opt for a colour scheme that embraces the warm undertones, with rich colours such as earthy browns, warm creams, or deep terracottas. These warm-toned colours will help to create a cosy and inviting ambience, in keeping with the increasing trend for 70s inspired interior design and ideal for an autumnal feel.”
Use wood to spruce up your existing decor for autumn
If you already have an existing scheme that you do not want to entirely change this season but would benefit from bringing the outdoors in then wood is the perfect choice.
Amy states: “Introduce items such as side tables, shelves, or picture frames made from wood to add warmth and natural beauty. These wooden accents can complement your existing furniture and begin to create a balanced look and feel. Velvet sofas are as popular as ever – paring these with some wooden side tables will create an instant feeling of cosiness
“Something as simple as adding wooden blinds is a great addition to your home, as they stylishly work with a wide range of interior styles, from traditional to contemporary. They have a versatile aesthetic that can enhance both rustic and modern decor, making them a popular choice for any home.
“If you have existing wood features in the home, like dark wooden beams, you can create contrast by using light oak furnishings. Alternatively, consider applying a lightening treatment to low beams in order to lighten up a room in the darker months.”
Balance hard surfaces with soft textiles
To create a cosy and inviting ambience in the colder weather, balance the natural warmth of wood with soft textiles.
Amy recommends: “Incorporate plush rugs, comfortable cushions, and luxurious throws in warm autumnal tones like orange, taupe & brown to soften the overall look and add layers of texture. Consider using natural materials like wool or linen to further enhance the connection with the organic feel of wood.
“Play around with your window dressings and layer them to create texture and dimension in the room. Choose a roller blind and curtains in coordinating colours, or even opt for one with a pattern to add flair to the room. Curtains hung outside your window recess where you have a wooden venetian blind will add extra luxe.”
Embrace some forest greenery
With 282 million views on TikTok, forestcore is having a clear influence on interior trends. In keeping with this and to complement the colours that feature in wood, incorporate some of your favourite houseplants to bring everything together.
Amy says: “Bring a refreshing touch to your wood-filled spaces by incorporating plants and greenery. Indoor plants not only add a pop of colour, which can help with mood-boosting as we approach autumn but also complement the natural aesthetic of wood.”
“Place potted plants in simple terracotta pots on wooden shelves, hang planters from wooden beams, or adorn side tables with leafy foliage to create a harmonious, healthy and vibrant atmosphere.”