November (in the west) is traditionally a bleak month weather-wise, with cold winds stripping trees bare and frost killing off remaining flowers. Make your house a pleasant retreat from all that. Brighten up your interior at this time of year with these 3 tips.
1. Nature – bring some of the 'harvest' inside. Items collected from the outdoors help us appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings, while enhancing our homes. Twigs with colourful berries placed in a vase, a bough with a bright bow hung from a hook, pine cones displayed in an ornamental bowl, or a poised pumpkin can all inject a splash of colour. Gathering from the garden is also an inexpensive and eco-friendly way to decorate.
2. Lighting – get comfy and snug again as temperatures drop by lighting a fire (ethanol-burning if you’re eco-conscious!). Don't have a fireplace? Create a warm ambiance through different types of lighting. Table and floor lamps are particularly good at generating an inviting glow in a cosy corner and the difference in heights provides visual interest. Wall sconces and low hung pendants (over tables etc) increase the feeling of intimacy. A scented candle is also a welcome addition to any room.
3. Colour – now’s ideal to switch your ‘accents’ to richer and warmer tones. Whether you’re swapping cushions, towels, or ornaments, you’ll want to ensure the hues chosen complement the accompanying décor. With a relatively neutral colour scheme, adding another couple of colours should work well. Think white, grey or taupe background, enriched by orange/green or red/gold combos to start. As always though, however you spruce up your space, enjoy the process as well as the result!
Peter Oudejans, founder of OUDEJANS INTERIORS, provides feedback on his latest projects as well as highlighting exciting trends in the world of interior design.