Written by Charlotte Botham
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
As Autumn rolls in why not update your home to match? We all seem to be surprised by the lovely interior colours that come around this time of year every year but somehow the shops reel us in and we buy them all – the browns, the burgundies, burnt orange, dark red and the dark greens. It’s natural – I do it too, I walk in and gaze in awe at all the new things they have to offer me. But don’t forget just because those are the main autumnal and country colours it doesn’t mean that’s the only way to make your your house get the country look….
So, as we are in Autumn I thought I would help you on your way before you hand over your credit cards and give you some inspiration on what to do to your home to change it from “ok” to “Autumnal Country Chic”
The living room seems a great place to start for this a room where we all gather together and a room that we can cozy up with blankets and candles. Here is how to create country chic in your living room: exposed brick / wood / throws and cushions (lots of them!). This is it really – take a look in any catalogue or country magazine – you name it they are there.
So, if you are lucky enough to have a fireplace and it is currently not exposed – open it up!! Bring out the brick work, it is a lovely feature to have in your room and take a look below to get some warm inspiration:
When you’re in the country there are trees everywhere so it is natural to bring wood into the home to mirror the aesthetic. Ways to incorporate these elements into your living room are mainly through tables (and other wooden furniture) which beautifully reflect the Country Living ‘look’:
If you are lucky enough to have wooden beams in your room, don’t paint over them – instead, make them a focal point in your room. Other ways to add wood into your living room are through accessories, such as weaved baskets and candles. The Decor A List boutique has a wonderful selection of candles with a variety of scents (there really is something for everyone), but the Autumn Kiss or Clementine & Cardamon ‘Limited Edition’ candle really do pick up these autumnal scents that make you feel ‘oh so cosy.’
Lastly Cushions and throws, we all love them whether we use them or not or they are just there for “show” (that’s me!) they look great and really finish a room off. During this autumnal season they can become so useful and even if you have “placed it carefully” or “chucked it down” it still looks good (how does that happen??)
Here are your “Country Chic” throw and cushion ideas for your living room: Check and tweed are big in fabrics to add the country look to your home – one or two of those added into the mix won’t do you any harm, the fact that they are now coming out in any colour imaginable is fantastic (I’m not a big brown tweed girl myself)
A List Tip: Check out the merino, wool Herringbone throws which are geometric in their design and perfect for those cold nights with a cup of tea.
Having a country themed hallway is a lovely aesthetic to have as you enter the house. There are many ideas for this “non room” – have a look at what’s below to see how to get that feel in your home. On top of your console or hallway ‘sideboard’, add a punchy mirror which is functional (as we all like to quickly check how we look before entering the world) but also stylish. The Starburst Mirror can be used in a coastal interior, but is also a wonderful way to incorporate wood qualities into your rustic interior (made to order in Cornwall). Storage – this is a main feature in the hallway (for all your wellies and scarves etc) so even better if it manifests the ‘country vibe.’
Another hallway essential is an umbrella stand (not the boring ones) but an attractive and quirky one which is not only function, but stylish. Why, you may ask is this an essential? Well, in England at least, it rains a lot! So a nice decorative umbrella stand would be handy (and also convenient when you have guests over to not spill water all over your entrance!).
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I hope you have enjoyed my blog and will take some of my ideas into your home. If you haven’t seen already I have created a Pinterest board on “Country Living” so go and check that out for more tips and inspiration.
If you do use any of these ideas please do send me some photo’s via twitter @BothamInteriors or Instagram.com/CharlotteBothamInteriors and always use the #charlottebothaminteriors hashtag.
Read more from Charlotte on her blog: www.charlottebothaminteriors.com