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Fall for these warming Autumnal schemes
Autumn is well and truly on its way and if you’re in need of ideas to warm up your living room – that don’t involve switching on the central heating – then check out our cosiest-ever round-up.
Create a cosy country corner
Ring the change in seasons with a cosy country scheme in charcoal and cream. Make your hearth the focalpoint of the living room with tongue-and-groove panelling and a wood-burning stove centrestage. Team with a pretty botanical-print wallpaper in shades of biscuit and cream to lighten the mood, with warming accents of olive green dotted around the room.
Carron 11kW stove, £1599, Ludlow Stoves
Bring in warm accent colours
Give an all-neutral scheme some heat with warming terracotta tones. While neutral makes a great background colour for walls and floors, it can feel a little cool on its own, so introduce a wash of Mediterranean warmth with brick-coloured accessories – perhaps a cheery rug, cushions, lamp and artwork. Bring in warm olive-wood furniture and rustic woven basketware to cosy it up even more.
Kendal Upholstered sofa, from £660, Laura Ashley
Wool Autumnal Leaf rug, from £95, Next.
Go for woodland-themed buys
Follow this season’s woodland trend and take your inspiration from nature when it comes to your living room. Team gentle colour on walls and floors with muted accent colours in earthy tones of chestnut and burnt umber, then bring in lots of pretty woodland prints on wallpaper and soft furnishings, mixed with bold checks in rusty orange and grey. Finish off with lots of quirky animal-themed accessories.
Cademuir Stone wallpaper, Wall Art Collection, Voyage Decoration.
Running Fox cushion, £98, Amara
Enjoy fireside comforts
Make the fireside the focalpoint with a cosy living room scheme that is focused around the fireplace. Rich, earthy colours feel naturally cosy at this time of year, so try a warm, russet red on the walls to set the mood, teamed with textured linens, chunky knits and accents of copper and wood. A blazing log burner instantly makes the room feel warm and inviting with furniture arranged centrally around it.
Range side table, £159, Made.com
Try a faux finish
Cheat your way to a cosy, country scheme. Fake an exposed brick wall with a clever lookalike wallpaper that will give your scheme instant warmth and texture. Carry on the country-house look with plenty of tweed, tartan and wool on furniture and soft furnishings teamed with vintage-style leather armchairs and storage trunks.
Grey Slate wallpaper, Next.
Houston Oatmeal Chest, £749, Feather & Black.
Take off the chill
Grey living room feeling a little too cool? While grey schemes can look chic, with too much grey there’s the danger that a room can feel chilly. Counteract a large expanse of grey by bringing in warmer woody tones on furniture and flooring teamed with autumnal russet, heather and taupe on accessories and soft furnishings. Make the mood more inviting with generously-sized sofas and armchairs that tempt you to sit down, piled high with cushions and throws in chunky weaves and cosy knits.
Bembridge Log Holder in Rattan, £65, Garden Trading.
Add a character wall
Add a vintage vibe to a cool, contemporary scheme with an aged-map wall mural – it’s an easy way to turn a plain, neutral room into something memorable. Choose a vintage-look sepia-toned design like this and it will add instant warmth and character. Don’t try to match colours in the mural elsewhere in the room – let it stand alone against a neutral colour scheme.
Sullivan Coffee Table Set, £299, Swoon Editions