Goodbye to Summer. Hello to Autumn! With the change of seasons we believe you’ve decluttered your place (if not, click here), but what’s your next step to live a bigger life? Here are some top tips from Rachel Catlin Interior Design for when you are preparing your home for the Autumn.

ACCESSORIES

Accessories can be added seamlessly into your existing scheme to transform it into its new season style. Take this opportunity to introduce some contrast into your design with the introduction of a metallic accessory into a soft scheme, a bright colour in a muted look or even position a large canvas, or mirror by itself into a small space to add some extra light. Placement of pieces is as important as the objects themselves. Groupings of odd numbers such as three, five or standing alone work well as a rule with accessories into a look.

Dining table and chairs

LIGHTING

Make the maximum use of available light in your home and create the illusion of more light in darker, or smaller spaces, as you will subconsciously notice the amount of natural light in your house.

A well lit room conveys space and a feeling of airiness. Create this feeling of space with a series of lights, carefully placed to create the desired atmosphere. This doesn’t need to mean installing expensive lighting with time consuming electrical work though. This can be achieved with the clever use of a series of table lamps and floor lamps. Ensure you follow all safety instructions carefully.

Minimalist flat with lights

COLOUR

There is an exact science with using colour, which is why some colours look great together, and some just don’t seem to fit. Each colour is made up of tones, even white will have either cool or warm tones. When making home improvements, it is important to look at the tones in each colour and match them to existing furniture and decoration. It is necessary to also take into account what light the room has.

For example, if it is a large, bright and airy room with lots of sunlight, it could cope with brighter or darker colours. This is because darker colours absorb the light. If it is a smaller or darker space, it will need to have warmer, paler colours to make the most of the light. The pale colours will make the room appear larger as more light will be reflected. The warmer tones will make it appear more inviting.

Warmer tones have reds, yellows and oranges in their base, and cooler tones, blues greens and purples. If you are struggling to tell which tone, it helps to compare with something that has a definite tone to it, a piece of cloth for example, in either red or blue. This will help you to easily distinguish which tone the colour is.

There are many ranges of paints and wallpapers to choose from so finding the right colour for your scheme needn’t be a chore. It is helpful to have paint cards to colour match to existing furniture or pieces that you would like to keep. Often stores have harsh lighting that will be different from that in your home where the colours will live. It’s best to test a sample pot of paint or obtain a swatch of wallpaper before you decide which to purchase, in order to avoid costly or time consuming mistakes!