While many of you may be sad to see the end of summer, Autumn signals the beginning of cosy nights in front of the fire, the changing leaves outside and big warm winter coats – so it’s not all that bad, is it? We certainly don’t think so.
The transformation of the weather outdoors, though, means that your house will need to be transformed too, so that it is ready for the cold months ahead. Some of these changes are practical and some of them are merely decorative, to get your home feeling cosy as you come in from work and hide from the cold, dark nights.
Filling your home with autumnal colours will help ease you through the changing of the seasons and make your home feel like a snug haven from the cold outside. That means it’s time to dig out all of your green, red, yellow, purple, orange and brown cushions, throws, blankets, placemats, bed linen and other interior accessories to use throughout the home.
Some mood lighting will help to make those dark nights extra special, so why not hang fairy lights across your mantle place to create a soft and warm atmosphere in your front room. Candles will also work a treat and you can pick up bags of tea lights from most supermarkets for very cheap.
Finally, Halloween is just round the corner! Get in the spirit with pumpkins at the front door, hang paper ghosts in the windows or even try your hand at making a Halloween wreath which are really fun and have become super popular in recent years.
These practical tasks are less fun but really important in preparing your home for the autumn and winter – it’s best to go over these before the weather takes a turn for the worst as it will only make your job all the more difficult.
To start, it’s strongly advised that you thoroughly check your roof and guttering for any problems. Once heavy rain and snow comes, your roof will take a battering so it’s best to make sure it is in good shape early. Remove any leaves clogging up your gutter, this will only get worse as more leaves start to fall, and make sure all roof slates are secure and in good shape. Paths and driveways should also be fully checked over as one ice starts to form, any small cracks or damaged areas will become even worse – making them incredibly dangerous underfoot.