Transitioning between seasons is a great excuse to redecorate your home to reflect the change in temperature and landscape.  

Sprucing up your home to reflect the new season doesn’t need to break the bank, especially during a time when many households are trying to reduce their spending.

To help with this, Brean Horne, a personal finance expert at NerdWallet, has listed some simple steps to transform your home into a cosy autumnal retreat for little-to-no cost:

Transform your home into a cosy autumnal retreat for little-to-no cost with these expert tips

Battery or solar-powered fairy lights

Fairy lights can completely transform a room at the flick of a switch. Battery or solar-powered fairy lights are an inexpensive way to create a soft, cosy and relaxing atmosphere in any room without adding to your monthly energy bill.

Place the fairy lights in focal points around a room such as a mantlepiece, inside an unused fireplace, around a window or mirror, or in empty glass containers such as jars or bowls.

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Seasonal candles

Another affordable way to transform your home into a cosy autumnal retreat is by filling a room with plenty of scented candles. Candles not only add a relaxing glow and warmth to a room, but also make your home smell of homely autumnal scents such as pumpkin spice, cinnamon, ginger, and apple.

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70s revival

The decade of warm yellow and orange hues, textured fabrics, and geometric shapes and patterns is making a big comeback as 70s design makes its way to the top of everyone’s interiors list.

The 70s radiated warmth through colours, patterns and low lighting. Incorporating colours such as earthy browns, oranges, reds and yellows alongside fun patterns and textures can help bring this interior trend to life.

Searching second-hand stores or local charity shops is an inexpensive way to hunt down some iconic 70s pieces. Keep an eye out for retro and groovy glassware, lamp shades, rugs, oak furniture, and wall art or hangings. You could also paint walls or upcycle existing furniture with a 70s colour scheme if you can’t buy new pieces of furniture.

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DIY wreath

Crafting your wreath is a really simple, easy and budget-friendly way to add some personality around the house which can be changed throughout the year to reflect the season. Autumn is a great time to craft your wreath thanks to the seasonal colours and textures that help bring some warmth into your home.

Simply head out to your garden and collect different types of foliage, or, if you don’t have a garden, take a walk through nature to collect branches, leaves, pine cones or grasses. You can then arrange the foliage you have collected into a wreath to place on your front door to welcome guests, or to decorate the mantlepiece alongside pumpkins and candles.

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Display autumnal foliage

Gathering autumnal foliage is a great way to encourage family and friends to help stock up on decorative pieces to display around the house. Pinecones, leaves, and branches can be hung from the bannister or around door frames or used to fill empty glass containers alongside dainty fairy lights to add some cosy rustic chic to your home, totally free of charge!

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Replace a fruit bowl with seasonal vegetables

Dressing your table for autumn is a cheap and simple way to add some character to your dining room or kitchen. Switch out the fruit in your fruit bowl for autumnal vegetables like pumpkins, butternut squash, carrots, parsnips, and potatoes to show off their seasonal colours and shapes.

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Incorporate autumnal colours through soft furnishings

Pillows and blankets are a great way to instantly make any space feel cosy and relaxing. Simply switching pillowcases for more autumnal colours such as orange, brown, burgundy, or green can help bring outside colours in.

A great way to do this on a budget is to shop around charity shops or online marketplaces for second-hand items that will fit in with your autumnal makeover. You may even be able to haggle the price down slightly and bag a real bargain!

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