We’re making our way into the cooler months, which means our summer inspired home decor is in need of an update – it’s time, guys, time to get all warm and cosy!

In the cooler months, Brisbane can get quite chilly, so you want to make sure your lounge room not only feels warm and cosy, but looks the part as well — especially if you’re an early riser!

We spoke to Homemaker The Valley’s resident stylist, Morgan Braithwaite to find out some of the best ways to style your lounge room for the cooler months ahead!

Cosy textures and materials

Layering of textured materials and neutral shades always brings interest, warmth and depth to a room.

Incorporating a combination of different timbers, marble, glass and metallic like finishes, can also bring a trans-seasonal style into your home. As for the palette, replace some of your brighter, summery whites for oatmeal tones, ecru and subtle tones of ivory.

To make the room cosier add and layer knitted greys, textured rugs and knitted throws.

The layering of materials can continue in soft furnishings too, accessorising with the use of textures such as jute, linens and some fresh green foliage to finish the styling.

Winter greys

A varied mix of greys will really bring warmth and depth into your interior space this autumn and winter.

Incorporate a combination of cool and warm greys and even taupe tones into the room. Grey colour tones are always a great no fail neutral base palette to incorporate small interesting pops of colour, monochromatic statements or crisp white contrasts.

Try complementing a grey scheme with different shades of navy, deep midnight blue, indigo and even peacock to give it a fresh burst of colour. Pair moody, stormy tones with warmer accents like brass and timber to finish the scheme; this will ensure warmer hints within your palette.

To accessories the room with that cosy winter morning feel, incorporate layers of textiles such as floor rugs, blankets and throws, large cable knitted linen, cotton or wool throws, foot poufs, floors cushions, as well as a cluster of different textured scatter cushions.

Rich masculine elements

Moody, darker and more masculine interiors are common looks for the cooler months.

Incorporate a more monochromatic scheme within the room with neutral textures and greys tones, which will add warmth into the room.

For a more masculine room, set aside bright colours and add dark, rich tones of deep navy and midnight blues for a more moody space. When incorporating more masculine décor, think of earthy and natural elements with the use of different timbers along with worn tan leather complemented with soft felt and wool elements.

Bold herringbone, houndstooth and plaid hero pieces will give a quick hint of the season’s trend too.

If you’re in need of some styling help, Morgan Braithwaite is available for free styling sessions at Homemaker the Valley – located on the corner of Ann and Wickham Streets, Fortitude Valley. For more information visit www.homemakerthevalley.com.au/stylist

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