Five steps to creating a cosy autumn living room, according to an interior designer

By Sylvia James | 10th Nov 2021 | Blog | Interior Inspo

Once the clocks have gone back, we tend to spend more time in our living room. As a result, it’s a great time to make a few changes and inject some autumnal energy into the home. Once the nights draw in, we want them to be cosier and more luxurious than during the summer months. For that reason, adding texture is an easy way to create that extra layer of warmth. This addition doesn’t have to cost much either; think scatter cushions or cosy throws for wrapping up in on cold evenings. Alternatively, you could hang woven wall hangings or tapestries for an instant textural difference.

There is nothing cosier than a living room that reflects the season – and autumn is all about rich, warm colours and texture. Here are the must-haves ideas and inspiration to help you create an autumnal haven.

Diffusers and candles

There is nothing more comforting than an autumn scent on a cold night. Deck your living room out with rich fragrances that create a cosy atmosphere using scented candles and diffusers with notes of ginger, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and cedarwood complete the ultimate autumn vibe.

The Midnight Collection of candles and diffusers fill your home with a rich velvety scent combining smooth, smoky vetivert and aromatic cardamom with warming amber, spicy nutmeg and a sparkling twist of ginger, from £10 The White Company UK

Warm hues

To capture the autumnal feel, warm colours on walls and furniture can make a big difference to your colour palette. Fiery reds paired with comforting oranges will create a warm glow, and gold trim on your fireplace will work well with dark flooring.

Paint your walls in warming tones like Samurai Fusion, from £26, by Valspar Paint

Blankets and throws

Texture and patterns are key when it comes to autumn décor. Drape blankets and throws over armchairs and sofas, adding decorative pillows to switch up the seasons in your living room. You could also stack them neatly in rustic baskets. Thick textures provide the illusion of warmth, especially in earthy greens and muted red colours.

Get snug under this silky soft faux fur recycled throw, £45, Dunelm

Low lighting

Autumn equals longer nights, which means it’s time to be strategic with lighting - keeping it low to create a calm feel. Change to warmer LED bulbs and place floor and table lights around your living room. If you have a fireplace, make this your primary light source for cold evenings. If you have a small niche, you can transform it into a snug area by inserting a bench covered in throws and cushions illuminated by a mini pendant light.

Create a cosy ambience with the Markfrost table lamp, £13, Lunnom LED bulb, £4 and Snoyra LED lighting chain, £6, IKEA


Rattan is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Once seen as garden furniture, now it can bring autumnal moods indoors. Woven natural furnishings include lighting or tabletop accessories for a cosy addition to your living room this autumn. You can even paint rattan for a contemporary look.

Stylish storage solutions in handmade rattan from with their Taan basket, £59.

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