4 Tips to Create a Cozy Sanctuary at Home for Fall

Autumn has arrived, so it's the perfect time to revamp your interior decor

Autumn has arrived, so it’s the perfect time to revamp your interior decor

Fall is the time for layering up, whether it’s sweaters and scarves or blankets and pillows, layering becomes a non-negotiable for both indoors and outdoors. Studies show that decor has an influence on a person’s overall mood. As such, the decorations inside your house should reflect the weather outside in order to achieve cohesive and mood-boosting effects. Acclaimed interior designer Sophie Burke is a Vancouver-based talent known for her creativity, subtle sophistication and classic design. Her approach to interior design is thoughtful, with a firm understanding of the importance of both location and character.

Here are four simple changes, and favourite products from Sophie that anyone can incorporate to create a cozy sanctuary…

1. Add a throw blanket

Snuggling up under a beautiful blanket is a must when the weather gets cooler and the days become shorter. This is a great way to transform the inside of the home from summer to fall. Switch lightweight throw blankets for chunky knits or quilts. You can put these over the back of a chair or sofa to elevate the overall look of any space in your home.

This gorgeous cable knit blanket from Obakki ticks all of the boxes. The design gives this blanket a heavier, comforting weight, making it the perfect accessory for a chilly night. The neutral colour and a classic aesthetic mean it easily doubles as a beautiful design element in any space.

2. Switch your bedding

As the weather starts to get colder, it becomes essential to create a cozy and warm environment in your room. Try switching your bedding and adding layers to help you achieve this. Choose colours that feel warm and inviting. Darker colours work well in autumn. If you have a natural duvet cover you can just switch your pillowcases to create a fall feel. As a go-to sheet set, try the offerings from Vancouver-based Sömn Home. The stonewashed linens are thick yet soft from the get-go, and the perfect weight for chilly fall nights. Being linen, they transition perfectly to winter, spring and summer. The Linen European Set is perfect for snuggling up and sleeping in, and it doesn’t hurt that they’re eco-friendly and hypoallergenic as well.

3. Light some candles

Candles are the perfect way to transition the inside of a home to fall. As the days get shorter, it’s nice to start lighting candles at dusk. There is no shortage of candles to choose from. A safe bet? Classic, elegant shapes that support the slow design movement. These candles, also from Obakki, are handmade by a family-run business in Ishikawa, Japan, which has been creating traditional Japanese candles in the same way since 1892. They have a gorgeous shape and a bright flame that create a perfect cozy atmosphere.

4. Bring the greenery inside

Bringing in greenery from outside can make a simple vase on the dining table is a beautiful sight. It’s an easy and cost-effective way to create an eye-catching fall centrepiece. With much to choose from outside, you can never run out of creative options. This is also a fun family activity. Enjoy a crisp fall walk, and collect some fun branches and leaves and have an afternoon of DIY activities.