I love when the summer turns into the Indian summer and later on when the leaves start to turn and the days are getting that little bit shorter. That’s the perfect time of the year to start getting cosy in the evening, making hot chocolate drinks, catching up on movies and decorating your house in warm autumnal colours.
I’m all for sticking to a low budget when decorating my house for autumn, especially as a lot of that amazing decoration can come for free from my garden, nearby hedgerow or a forest.
Here is how you can decorate your home for fall or autumn on a budget.
Choose your main colour & style
Choosing your main colour will help you to bring all your existing decorations together coherently and without clashing. By choosing a style, you’ll be able to create a look that will look luxurious and stylish even if you are re-using your existing decorations or buying decorations from budget shops or supermarkets.
Make your home cosy
Use your decorations to brighten up corners, windowsills and kitchen table. Bring out the fluffy blankets and drape them over the sofa, swap around pillow cushions for autumn-themed ones (darker colours, grey, burgundy or tartan pattern looks great). Place scented candles around, cinnamon, pumpkin spice or vanilla are great fragrances for autumn.
You can also have a go making your own candles at home. These are easy to make and are great for little presents for your friends.
Check what decorations you already at home
Have a look at what you already have at home and what you can use for your new autumn decoration scheme.
Visit the charity shops, supermarket or secondhand shops
Check out what’s available cheaply in your local shops and what could be used for your decorations. Don’t forget the local vegetable stall for pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They look very pretty grouped together on a windowsill. If you don’t want to make your decor too ‘Halloweeny’ choose the white, green or spotty mini pumpkins.
Gather decorations from the garden
Check your garden, forest, roadsides for suitable green branches, pinecones, rosehips and colourful leaves. Use these to decorate a table, make flower arrangements and door wreaths.
A fun way to get everyone involved is to paint stones, that you find in the garden and turn them into a bugs, flowers or other creatures.
To get into a real an autumn feeling, you can also make your own fall decorations, from my pumpkin spice playdough. And in the kitchen, it’s time to start cooking some amazing comfort food, like Apple & Cinnamon Porridge or Slow Cooker Taco Soup. To get ready for Halloween you can also try my decorated biscuits recipe.