• Autumn doesn’t just have to be about practical DIY jobs like mending fences – over a third of home owners shall do some aesthetic DIY this Autumn
  • From warmer shades to accessorising, make the most of cold nights by giving your home a makeover
  • We offer our favourite trends in 2014 to get you started

Autumn is here and unless you’re fond of doing Gene Kelly impersonations dancing in the rain, the chances are you’ll be spending a lot more time at home.

So there is no better time to start thinking about a revamp of your neglected rooms with a spot of interior design that will ensure that when you come in from the dark, you feel cosy, relaxed and happy to be home.

Here’s our guide to the top five autumn-inspired interior design trends.

1. The outdoor-indoor look

Sounds like a paradox, but it’s not – pining for the Summer and the great outdoors, you’ll want to take snippets of the lush, outdoor landscape and bring them inside.

Think wood, think stones, think flowers – from bamboo and wicker to pebbles and flowerpots, anything that has a natural feel to them will help create an open-air feel right in your living room. Using natural colours on the walls will create a feeling of light and space and lift your mood on dark, stormy nights.

2. Art goes mainstream

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Turner prize, the controversial award that has previously recognised sound as a form of sculpture.

Whether you love some of the more bizarre pieces of artwork to more simple landscapes or abstracts, the art world is having a big impact on interior design. Compliment your rooms with pieces that you can enjoy and escape through, either pieces from local art galleries or exhibitions, to works of art framed by your family.

3. Cushion heaven

This is all about boosting the feeling of serenity around you. Along with crackling fireplaces and thick blankets, this is achieved through textured cushions of all sizes and varieties.

One of the trends in 2014 is velvet, so luxuriate on your sofa with different shapes and shades of this beautifully soft material. However, if velvet cushions are a little adventurous for you, why not go for the trusty tartan variety to give your home a snug Wintery feel.

And don’t be confined to thinking cushions only belong on a sofa – many major retailers now go all out for large cushions (replacing the good old beanbag) where you can snuggle into in front of the fire or radiator on the floor – perfect for families!

4. Make it rain … purple

Purple is the colour of the moment. Whatever the shade – from bold violets to lush indigos and gentle lilacs – wash your house with this hue for a modern look this Autumn. Versatile in any room, try out feature walls, patterned wallpaper or simply accessorise your rooms with vases, throws, flowers and pictures to incorporate this stunning colour into your home.

5. Candlelit everything

Be green, be retro, be bang on trend with candles. We’re talking candles on your coffee table, on shelves in your living room, by your bed and even in the bathroom.

Lighting plays a huge part in interior design, but we tend to over-rely on artificial lighting. You can create the same if not a better aesthetic through gorgeous scented candles of all shapes and sizes to light up a room with a beautiful ambient glow – perfect for dark night or to add a bit of romance and sparkle to cold evenings! (Just remember to be careful with lit flames…look after yourself, your family and your four legged-friends and don’t leave flames unattended).