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7 ways to cosy up your bedroom for autumn

Snuggle season is here, so it’s time to set the mood with a cosy autumn bedroom. Colour and texture are key when it comes to creating a space worthy of hibernating in through the winter, so we pulled together our top tips for an on-trend, autumn aesthetic bedroom makeover.

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1. Update your bedding

The most important part of a bedroom is, of course, the bed, so you’ll want to take notes on these autumn bedding ideas when looking for new bed linen. When it comes to materials that look like they can swallow you up into a cosy cocoon, trending materials like linen, flannelette and velvet are your number one choice. 
 

Linen

The relaxed look of linen keeps your bed looking soft like a cloud, plus its thermoregulating properties will keep you warm into winter. If you need any more persuading, read our 5 reasons to love linen article here to get all the info. 

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Flannel

Not only does flannelette have the fuzzy texture that begs to be touched, it also has incredible insulating properties. It’s durable, so will last more than one winter, and while it does retain heat (so your bed will stay warm even if you have to do a midnight bathroom run), its loose, breathable weave and moisture-wicking properties will keep you from overheating and those dreaded sleep sweats. 
 

Velvet

This oh-so-soft raised pile exudes luxury and with proper care will last for decades. Velvet can be made from many materials, so brush up on your knowledge with our guide to velvet bedding to make sure you get the right kind for the perfect night’s sleep. 

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2. Add in some layers

Cosy autumn bedroom styling is all about mixing in different textures, so don’t be afraid to amp up the layers. Drape throw rugs and blankets or a bedspread over your bed in on-trend materials like wool and cashmere to give it that plush, warm feel. Faux fur adds a touch of elegance, whereas chunky knit is a classic option for a laid back look. Get creative with velvet, textured and patterned cushions to break up any solid colours and add visual interest. Tufting is where it’s at this year, and you can incorporate this with blankets, throws, cushions, bedspreads as well as your quilt cover

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3. 2022 autumn colours for the bedroom

Warm browns inspired by nature will reign supreme this season, highlighted by more muted shades or burnt orange, oatmeal, mustard and buttercup yellow, and olive. We tend to lean into the darker shades to create cosy spaces, but don’t be afraid to play with patterns to add a bit of life. Tartan, tweed and moody florals in navy, emerald and rust will be making a splash, so play around with what suits your style best. Pantone has also announced some more vibrant shades will be coming into vogue for the autumn/winter 2022 season, but if you’re not ready for the vivid Waterspout aqua or intense Rose Violet, take inspiration from their more settling tones like Martini Olive, Caramel Café and Midnight
 
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4. Don’t discount textural wall decor

Wall art can completely transform a space, and acrylic and oil paintings can add texture in a more subtle way that makes your space feel like it’s reaching out to give you a warm hug. When traditional wall art won’t cut it, fabric wall hangings are a great way to incorporate inviting visual texture. Tapestry wall hangings add a little fun to the cosiness without being too overbearing. And while they may not strictly be wall decor, bedheads give added dimension to your walls. Wavy designs and arches in plush fabrics such as boucle are making waves at the moment, so why not give them a try. 

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5. Make your storage stylish

You’re always going to need a few boxes and baskets to hide away the bedroom clutter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn it into a styling moment. Add dimension with a rattan or wicker weave, or create a cosy forest vibe with grainy timber. For a more classic style, you can’t go past the leather look that really takes you back to the pre-industrial revolution period.

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6. Soften the space with rugs

Don’t let your feet miss out on all the plush, cosy goodness, they deserve a soft embrace after a long day holding you up. What’s more, rugs help to ground your space and add depth to your overall palette. Go for a more subdued colour in either a shag rug, or tufted or high-pile wool to even out the room, or choose a patterned rug in autumnal colours for a bit more visual interest. 

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7. Set the mood with lighting

You’ll want to incorporate a warm glow to your space with a mixture of lamps and candles. The right lamp can make or break your lighting vibe, so read through our Lamp Buying Guide to ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also important to note that lampshades and light bulbs are key factors for creating that glowy feel, so find out how to choose lamp shades and how to choose light bulbs here. Candles not only give you that authentic fireside ambience but can enhance the atmosphere with your favourite scent. For a more on-trend look, go for pillar or column candles or more sculptural shapes featuring fluting, contemporary shapes or human figures.
Bridgette Sulicich 01 May, 2022

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