Autumn is Around the Corner
Cooler days are ahead, but that is not something to lament! Autumn is the perfect time to turn your home into a warm, inviting space where you can curl up and enjoy the approach of winter. With some cosy fall decorating ideas, you can create an environment where you will want to spend those crisp autumn evenings in comfort and style. Here, Carters Furniture offers some tips on this year’s fall furniture trends and how to find the perfect cosy furniture for fall.
Start With a Cosy Sofa
When you think about cosy furniture for autumn evenings, do you picture yourself cuddling up on a comfortable sofa? Of course, a sofa is a big investment, so you are unlikely to swap out your sofa with every season. However, if you are in the market for a new one, now is a great time to shop. Consider a sofa in a neutral colour that goes with your existing palette and can be updated with throw pillows and other accessories as the seasons change. Think about your décor aesthetic, whether traditional or modern, casual, or elegant. Look for a well-made sofa, durable enough to stand up to the wear you will give it, and comfortable enough to become one of your favourite autumn furniture pieces. While you may be on the go in summer, autumn is a time when you will really appreciate a cosy sofa for relaxing. Here are some additional factors to consider when choosing the perfect sofa for your space:
- Proportion- Choose a sofa that does not overwhelm your room. Consider how you will be using the sofa and how many people you need to seat, while also measuring your room carefully and taking into account existing furniture.
- Lifestyle- Will you be eating and drinking on your sofa? Do you have children and pets that will be on your furniture? How committed are you to upkeep? If your sofa will get a lot of wear, choose a durable, stain-resistant fabric.
- Location- Will the sofa be placed in a sunny spot in your home? If so, look for upholstery that is fade-resistant.
- Pattern- Solid sofas and those with patterns can be equally beautiful, though solid fabric is typically more versatile. If you choose to forgo a pattern, you can add style with patterned curtains, throw pillows, and other accessories, changing them as the seasons change or your tastes shift. If you do choose a pattern, do so carefully, as mismatched patterns can become jarring the longer you look at them. Make sure the pattern is centred, the seams are straight, and the pattern matches up at the seams.
- Comfort- If you are sure of what you want, you can buy a sofa online. There is something to be said, though, for visiting a showroom and sitting on the sofa. You may notice things you had not considered, like the depth of the seat from the back to the edge and how it aligns with the length of your thighs. Buy a sofa with a sturdy frame, but make sure it is well padded and you cannot feel the frame through the cushions.
Add Some Comfy Chairs
Unlike a sofa, which is typically a permanent fixture, chairs can be swapped to refresh your décor. The change of seasons is a good time to change your chairs, incorporating some autumn furniture ideas in the shape and style you choose. Consider a cuddle chair, an oversized chair that you can fill with pillows and blankets, warm, homely, and perfect for settling in to read and relax on an autumn evening. On the other hand, you might want to pick a few accent chairs, which take up less space than an armchair and are not as luxurious as a lounging chair, but will provide additional seating and can add a pop of fall colour to your room. If your décor is more modern than traditional, you might want to choose an ergonomic armchair, sleek and elegant in its design.
When choosing your chairs, think about the colours that signify fall to you, perhaps rich jewel tones or the burnt oranges, golds, and reds of falling leaves. Carefully decide on the upholstery, as well. Will you choose timeless, elegant leather? Autumn calls for comfort, and you might decide on a lovely, soft, buttery fabric in a rich colour or pattern that speaks to you. Do not shy away from mixing textures, but choose what feels best to you and will make you, your family, and your guests want to spend time on your new chairs.
Autumn Accessories Add Warmth and Style
Sometimes, all you need to bring the feeling of autumn to your décor is to add some cosy accessories. Now is the time to bring in a soft rug to warm the floor, and blankets and throws to keep away the cold on chilly evenings. In your bedroom, change your lighter summer bedding for plush, warm autumn bedding, in deep, comforting tones. Have blankets in a basket or box near the bed, in case of a chilly night, and use richly toned quilts and throw pillows to make your bedroom hibernation worthy. There is no need to keep all the soft blankets in the bedroom, though; drape them over chair backs and place them strategically where they can be grabbed as needed.
Fall is also a wonderful time to add additional throw pillows, swapping out summery accessories for lush, fall colours and textures. Lovely, cosy textures like velvets, knits, and faux fur are perfect for autumn décor. Of course, the textiles are not the only place you can incorporate your own spin on autumn into your décor. You can also swap out vases, artwork, and mementos to bring a fall feeling into your home. Switching your curtain panels can serve a few different purposes. Maybe you have had bare windows or soft, sheer panels in summer, but now is the time to change them. Use the change of seasons as an excuse to spruce up your windows, cleaning the windows and window treatments, and bringing in curtains made of more substantial fabrics. This will not just make your home décor look more like autumn, but will also serve the very practical purpose of trapping the heat to reduce your heating bills and keep your home warm.
Colours and Textures for Fall
What is your preference for an autumnal palette? Do you love colours that look like you have brought the forest into your home, or do you prefer something a little less outdoorsy? This year’s trending fall palettes are varied, with everything from forest tones to jewel tones to desaturated autumn colours, calming and peaceful. Think about what makes you happy, whether you prefer mossy, muted greens and soft blues, deep reds and oranges, or warm salmon and dusty pink. Rust, terracotta, clay, and tan tones are harmonious, as are deep charcoals, creams, and warm whites. Deep reds and browns, plum, navy, and mustard are other colours you can incorporate for seasonal ambience.
Traditionally, fall colours are warm, but if your preferences run cooler, there are plenty of beautiful options from which to choose. On the other hand, if you do not want to change the colours in your décor to give it a fall feel, you can accomplish the same thing with textures. Natural materials like wood, leather, and knits are all materials that feel like fall, and incorporating baskets or wooden accessories into your décor can make it feel cosier. Ceramics and dried foliage can make for great fall accents, and incorporating elements like wool, stone, and sisal can also bring in the comfortable feeling you want to promote in fall. Do not forget to switch out your home fragrances for scents that evoke the season, like woodsy, smoky scents, the smells of baked goods, or fall harvest scents like pumpkin and apple.
Furniture You Will Love in Any Season
How will you refresh your home’s look for fall? Will you bring in the colours of the season, using accessories like throw pillows and throws, or perhaps by adding a new, warmly coloured chair? Or is it time to replace your sofa, replacing it with a piece that suits your family’s needs while also reflecting the changing seasons? No matter what kind of autumn furniture ideas you have, you will find what you are looking for at Carters Furniture , where for over 47 years our family run business has provided not only a vast selection of furniture but also professional service and highly trained staff. Our stores are open 7 days a week, and our associates are happy to provide you with advice and information to help you choose the right furniture for your home. Even when our doors are shut, we provide customer service through online chat and an email system monitored 24/7 for urgent enquiries.
At Carters, we have close business relationships with suppliers, allowing us to source furniture from around the world as well as locally manufactured pieces. From smaller local suppliers to big name brands, the prices at Carters cannot be beaten; our low price guarantee states that we will match or beat any competitors’ price on identical pieces. Shop with us online, or visit our two large showrooms, where large free car parks and customer friendly lifts make shopping convenient. For more information, call Carters furniture store at 05162 540862, Carters Bed City at 01562 66396, or contact us through our website.