Transform your home without breaking the bank

Autumn is well and truly here! And with the falling leaves and cooler days comes a new palette of home décor styles to embrace.

First and foremost, you’ll notice a new collection of vibrant hues hitting shop shelves and throughout lifestyle magazines. Rich colours such as teal, cranberry and burnt orange are proving especially popular, and we can see why!

Adding a cushion or two to the lounge and showcasing a vase or trinket in autumn shades is just what you need to bring a fresh look to your home, and not to mention it’s budget-friendly too. These colours look particularly good when they’re set against neutral homewares which have been so prevalent in recent years.

The recent popularity of indoor plants also shows no sign of slowing down. The best types of plants to feature indoors this autumn are those requiring little light. Snake plants thrive on exactly this. Their thick, upwards-growing leaves need little watering, making them perfect for those among us who aren’t so green-thumbed.

Chain of Hearts, with its heart-shaped leaves and trailing vine, is another plant requiring minimal care. It looks picture perfect hanging from a basket or cascading down from a higher shelf. Bamboo palms are among the hardiest indoor plants you’ll find. Again, they thrive with little light, and a drink only once or twice a week to keep the soil moist is usually all they need.

The year 2020 is the age of the minimalist household. As everyone’s cupboards start to transform into those from the Marie Kondo Netflix special, there are some simple things you can do to cut the clutter and maximise the minimal aesthetic throughout your space. Keeping a strong connection to the outside world will help you create a cosy space for the colder months. Think rattan, linen, jute and timber for your major décor items, and then simply accessorising with a few key pieces you hold dear. This could be a colourful artwork or a vase you just simply love, keeping in mind the simpler the better when aiming for minimalism.