8 trans-seasonal decorating ideas: Summer to autumn

As the busy summer months slow down, it could be time to embrace your inner homebody.

So, how do we transition our home decor and styling as we shift from warm, fun-filled summer days to the cooler autumn months? Simple. All you need are a few small changes to increase the happy, cosy vibes around the home.

Jessica Bellef, head of styling at Temple and Webster, shares her top tips for trans-seasonal styling to take you from summer to autumn with ease.

1. Rework the floorplan

Decorating textures for Temple and Webster

A woven rattan chair or stool used as a sidetable is all you need to make a space feel more intimate. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

Autumn generally means more hours spent indoors, so it’s time to rethink how your floor space is being used – or underused.

You don’t want to add clutter, but if you’ve got the room, introducing another chair or a sidetable can close in a space – making it feel cosier.

“Bring in more seating or an ottoman to create those cosy nooks where we can hibernate in and read,” Bellef says.

2. Firepits

It really doesn’t get that cold in Australia – especially not in Autumn.

All you need to make your outdoor space more inviting is a funky firepit, decorated with plenty of lanterns and candles, says Bellef.

Don’t forget the collection of snug throws you can take outside to wrap around your legs and shoulders.

Textured cushions and throws, by Temple and Webster

Throws can be used inside and outside in front of the fire. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Adam Powell

3. Texture & tone

Back indoors, look to autumnal textures (such as wool and cashmere) and spicy tones (think rusty reds, mustard, ocra and cinnamon).

“Add these in through cushions, artwork or little sculptures for your shelves,” Bellef says.

“Add leather as well – try leather cushions. I think we will see a lot of leather, velvet and lots of tactile finishes.”

Amigos de Hoy rugs, by Temple and Webster

Welcome autumn in with spicy tones and warm textures. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

4. Light layering

Just as you’d update your wardrobe with the odd scarf or jacket, look to light layers to prep your home for the cold. Throws are key here – they can be whipped out when you need them and stashed away when the sun randomly reappears.

“I have a basket of throws and pillows next to my couch, so when we want to get cosy it’s all there in a neat little basket,” Bellef says. “Then you can walk away from the room and not feel as though it’s overwhelming. You can hide it all away when you don’t need to have it out.”

Winter Cabin by Temple and Webster

Add a woven basket in your lounge to keep throws within easy access. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Adam Powell

5. Warm up to metallics

Metallics can be a bit much in the summer months but come March, you can start to get away with this look as we begin to crave, not reject, warmth.

“Adding bits of brass, rose gold and bronze – the warmer metallics – through accessories such as lamps will add instant warmth,” Bellef says.

Try a brass lamp on a sideboard, for example. Just stay away from copper, she ensures us – it’s definitely out.

A touch of luxe, for Temple and Webster

Just a hint of metallic as we ease into autumn. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

6. A touch of luxe

Velvets and jewel tones were predicted to be hot this year, but it’s during the cooler months these rich and regal finishes will come into their own.

Borrow tokens from the look – a couple of velvet cushions in low-contrast palettes or an extra cobalt blanket on the bed – as we move cautiously into autumn.

Statement bedroom for Temple and Webster

Splashes of velvet in muted autumnal tones. Picture: Denise Braki. Styling: Allira Bell

7. Soft light & spicy scents

When it comes to creating warm and inviting spaces, candles are a stylist’s must-have prop and candles grouped together can create a gorgeous soft light in the gloomiest rooms.

Try small candles or tea lights in mason jars for a simple and effective centrepiece, and go for musky if opting for scented. Bellef suggests fig or more leathery, tobbaco scents.

Tip: Put your candles on a tray alongside some matches to make it easy for you to move them from room to room without adding to the clutter.

8. Let light in

Open the curtains wide – light really isn’t as easy to come by these days.

You can even try removing a window covering for a season to maximise light flow now the harsh summer glare is gone.

“Make the most of the light that is out there, which will also bring in as much heat as possible,” Bellef says.


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