Make your home smell like autumn

Spiced pumpkin, cinnamon, oranges and apples are all familiar autumnal scents that are easy to bring indoors. Garden centres and homewares shops sell candles and diffusers inspired by these scents, so keep an eye out. They’re great for making your home smell delicious, but they also help to make a room feel incredibly cosy on quiet autumnal evenings.

Want to get creative? Fill bowls with cinnamon sticks and dot them around each room, make a garland out of dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks, or make rosemary wreaths.

Alternatively, try baking classic autumnal goods such as pumpkin pie or spiced apple crumble, and your home will soon smell like the perfect autumn haven. Plus, you’ll get to eat the spoils of your hard work.

Autumnal interior design

Through colour, texture and a few simple touches, you can bring the beauty of autumn into your home. Try adding deep orange coloured cushions, fluffy blankets or even painting a wall in a warm, seasonal colour.

To really embrace the outdoors within your home’s interior design, try stacking wall coves or an empty fireplace with logs, or buy a decorative log holder.

And if you thought wreaths were just for Christmas, think again. Autumnal wreaths often feature a stylish mix of leaves, berries, pine cones and seasonal flowers that really look the part. Of course, you could always make your own; take a look here for a great guide on how to do it. 

Seasonal cooking

Cooking up a hearty, warming meal is a great way to make your home smell autumnal and make the most of a cosy night in. Whip up a tasty soup using seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin and carrots, a wholesome shepherd’s pie, or a spiced-fruit dessert. Take a look here for some autumn recipe ideas.

Autumn activities

Autumn offers plenty of family fun both out of doors and in. If you’re planning on going for a walk any time soon, task the children to collect pine cones, conkers and leaves. They’re great for painting over, taking leaf rubbings or using them to print patterns.

Of course, few things are more autumnal than pumpkin carving. While Halloween is the time to carve scary faces, simply punching out pretty patterns with cookie cutters and a mallet can make them suitable for the whole season.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this autumn from the comfort of your home, so enjoy cosying up, embrace the falling leaves and darker evenings and get the whole family involved.