4 autumn interior design tricks that will refresh your home

Phew! I survived the week! It’s been a busy one, with the Paul Henry show, an audition (for something I can’t leak just yet) projects coming out my ears, the NZ House and Garden Tour yesterday (which oozed with inspiration) and finally the gift fair tomorrow. I’ll be sure to show you loads of sneaky pics from the gift fair next week – stay tuned to my Facebook and Instagram.

Don’t forget, I’ve got my fabulous Colour Workshop coming up on Thursday 24th March at 6:30 pm. Don’t miss out on this one ladies, I’ll give you confidence in the notoriously difficult to navigate world of paint colours – oh the choices! You’ll be a pro by the time I’ve finished with ya. Flick me an email to save your spot.

Yes! Autumn is just around the corner, so stop denying it and let me show you how to prepare for the cooler months with these simple tips. I know I shared a few of my tips on the Paul Henry show, but it’s a bit hard to get a word in, so here goes the full hog.

This season’s hot (and cool) colours!

I’m excited about the colours coming through this season. They are rich, luxurious and pack a punch! Moody deep blues, teal, dark green, grape purple, mustard yellow and burnt orange – yum yum yum. These colours are being expressed with soft sumptuous textures like velvet, fur and wool. For more on this season’s colour trends visit the  the Dulux 2016 Colour Forecast.

It’s not about redoing your interior each season, just swap out a few items that will give you a fresh look. It might be a couple of velvet cushions, a fur throw on the end of your bed or sofa, or few textured wool rugs chucked around the place. Look for key items that will make a big impact.

Bring nature indoors

Kiwi’s love the outdoors and bringing in seasonal elements throughout the year helps us to connect with the exterior. This autumn, grab some leaves, pinecones, seed pods or twigs and pop them in three large vases for the centre of your table with some chunky black and white candles.

Another trick is to chuck a wood basket next to your fireplace, whether it’s a wood burner or not. The smell and look of wood will inject cosiness into your interior – promise.

Rugs, rugs, glorious rugs

I love autumn/winter for two reasons; you can start pulling out all of your amazing wool jackets that have been cooped up in your wardrobe for the past 6 months, and the excuse to use rugs! Lots of rugs! Pop one in your undercover outdoor entertainment area, in your lounge, under the foot of your bed, under your dining table, down your hallway – you name it, rugs can go just about anywhere. Even layering rugs on top of rugs works!

Loads of candles

Candles create magic in a space! The gentle flickering of candles ooze comfort and cosiness. Cluster them in groups on a sideboard or your mantelpiece, dot a few lanterns around the floor and place a supersized candle on your coffee table. You might have a favourite bowl that you’d like to customise into a candle, Trenzseater in Parnell offers a service that will fill any vessel you like with wax and turn it into a candle. Brilliant.

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