As autumn gains pace and nature’s colour palette morphs from bright hues to dreamy, muted tones, it’s prime time for a fresh update to your interior style.
While a complete paint job might be out of the question, it’s still easy to add some effortless autumnal pops to your home without having to undergo a full-scale reno.
We enlisted the design smarts of DIY dame, Geneva Vanderzeil of A Pair and a Spare, to share some simple hacks to revitalise your space this season.
Design a gallery wall
According to Vanderzeil, a gallery wall is an opportune way to display all your favourite little things that might usually be tucked away in a scrapbook or drawer.
“I like to frame my favourite mini art prints or cards, wrapping paper, and even tickets, and hang them together to create a beautiful display on my walls”, says Vanderzeil.
“If the frames are light, you can Blu-Tack them to the wall, which gives you the freedom to change up the layout regularly, without leaving any permanent marks”, she adds.
Texture is easy to bring into a space with minimal effort. While textures like rattan and wicker conjure summer, you won’t have to remove entire armchairs or lounges with these materials. Simply layer some faux fur throws and textured cushions for an on-the-spot upgrade.
Quick decor swap-ins like replacing your jute rug with something that feels warmer underfoot is a sure-fire way to inject some instant cosy cred.
Bring out the quilts and throws
As the nights grow colder, lightweight linen sheets just don’t cut it. It’s time to break out the heavy stuff.
Throws and quilts are an on-trend option for dressing up your bedroom or living area, while practically combating the crisp mornings.
Vanderzeil also suggests using fun throws to adorn your walls. “A colourful throw or cute playmat makes for an easy update. Wrap the top edge in a dowel and Blu-Tack it down, then secure your new art to the wall”, says Vanderzeil.
Branches over bouquets
Sure, spring and summer’s vibrant blooms are done, but the soft greenery and fragrant foliage we see in cooler months is a low-cost way to elevate your space.
Make the most of new season branches by arranging them in your living area or entrance — deep reds and yellows are heavenly hues to display. To keep the arrangements looking fresh and healthy, try sticking stems to your vase with Blu-Tack — which will prevent branches slumping and looking past their best.
Create a hat feature
The great thing about this DIY display is that you can work it into any room — hat walls aren’t confined to the bedroom and work well in your hallway or living room too.
Gather a selection of hats in various textures and sizes and go for a more random configuration when assembling. Vanderzeil notes it’s a good idea to stick to a neutral colour palette, to keep things tonal.
“Mini hooks are great for this, you can easily change them around whenever you please. As a bonus, use Blu-Tack to hold hats into position”, says Vanderzeil.
Light it up
“If you’re looking for a way to create a snug atmosphere in your space, look no further than fairy lights”, says Vanderzeil.
“I like to drape them across the walls and secure sections with Blu-Tack for easy removal and re-arrangement”, she adds.
Vanderzeil also suggests attaching a hook to your ceiling and hanging a statement lantern for a super-quick refurb to your space and injections of soft mood lighting.
Ideal for a thousand and one uses, Bostik’s Blu-Tack is the original reusable adhesive and is available at Officeworks.