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Now Trending: 14 Moody Interior Design Tips from Austin’s Audrey Scheck

Incorporate decor in darker, richer tones to emulate a cozy and inviting atmosphere

Audrey Scheck Design Tips
Audrey Scheck (photo by Cate Black)

Based in Austin, Texas, Audrey Scheck Design is an award-winning, full-service design firm assisting in all aspects of home design including collaborating with contractors for new builds or remodels, creating custom design plans for any space in your home and sourcing materials and decor elements that reflect your personal style. Here, she shares her top design tips for creating moody fall interiors at home.

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Wallpaper from Supply Showroom

Supply Showroom is stocked with amazing selections of fabric and wallpaper. The Tilly Wallpaper in Kelp by These Walls is bold without being too overpowering. Take it a step further by pairing it with a deep navy, as I did in my home office. ($52/yard)

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(photo by Cate Black)

Grosche Amsterdam Pour Over Coffee Maker from Take Heart

Nothing sets the tone for a day better than a good cup of coffee. We love this Grosche Amsterdam Pour Over Coffee Maker from Taker Heart for its beautiful hand blown glass base. It also comes with a reusable double-layered tankless steel filter so no disposable paper filters are needed. ($52)

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Cyra Vintage Persian Rug from Apartment F

Vintage rugs are wildly popular, and for good reason. The patterns and colors of vintage rugs are timeless, and this one from Apartment F is no exception. The tones of sage green, navy and beige are versatile enough to work in any space, and we love the durability that comes with investing in antique rugs. 8’4” x 12’ ($4,280)

(photo courtesy of Claire Brody)

Studio Pottery Double-Handled Vase from Claire Brody Shop

Claire Brody Shop is filled with a collected mix of vintage, heirloom and antique objects, ranging from the 18th century to the mid 20th century. This unique handmade vase would look beautiful styled on a tabletop with dried stems or greenery in it. ($150)

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Cloth Napkins from Good Company

These cloth napkins provide a beautiful, natural look and are made of 100% cotton with a frayed edge. They look great perfectly folded, or you can bunch them for an effortless look. ($14)

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Verellen Lou Round Stool from Maaribu

This round stool from Maaribu makes for a fun accent piece in any room. The curly, boucle fabric will add texture and dimension, and we love that it’s also functional to provide additional seating. ($1,620)

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Audrey Scheck Interiors (Phohto by Jenna McElroy)

Aileen Fitzgerald’s “The Divine Nature of Women” from Pottery Barn

Aileen Fitzgerald is one of my favorite local artists, and I currently have six of her original pieces in my home. Her work draws upon experiences she has in nature as she seeks to uncover landscapes with a paintbrush, while exploring the human condition. “The Divine Nature of Women” hangs above my bed and evokes a sense of calm through the moody and romantic landscape. ($399-$699)

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Organic Cloud Cotton Quilt from Parachute

This cotton quilt from Parachute Home is the perfect layering piece on any bed. It’s a great neutral grounding element that can be accented with other patterned textiles and pillows to create the lived-in, cozy aesthetic. ($259-$309)

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Lotus Marble Plate from Arhaus

Featuring a subtly antiqued finish, this elegant platter is sculpted from natural white marble. Try styling it on a coffee table with glass beads inside or using it in your kitchen to hold produce. ($299)

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DISC Interiors Book from BookPeople

Coffee table books are our most recommended styling item for any space in your home. We use them vertically to add height to a vignette, and we also love to lay them horizontally to ground decorative objects. This DISC Interiors: Portraits of Home book is one of our go-to’s because it’s the perfect size, and the color of the cover is a beautiful, subtle green. ($60)

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Camel Pillow from EA/ST Co.

This Camel Pillow from is expertly handcrafted in Austin, Texas. The neutral tone on tone fabric adds interest and texture to a space, and it can effortlessly be mixed and matched with other pillows to create a layered feel. 20” x 20” ($240)

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(photo by Jenna McElroy)

Totie Task Lamp from Circa Lighting

Lighting can completely change the vibe of a room, and we love to incorporate smaller table lamps in designs like this one. Try styling it on top of a stack of books in a kitchen or office to add ambient lighting. ($479)

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Mother-of-Pearl Large Tumbler Candle from Kendra Scott

The glow of candlelight instantly warms things up, making your home more cozy and inviting. This Mother-of-Pearl candle from Kendra Scott is one of our favorites. It’s beautiful, and the smell is perfection. Imagine a dewy blend of gardenia and pear, with grounding notes of vanilla and white woods. ($45)

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Audrey Scheck Design (photo by Karissa Widder)

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore from Breed & Co.

One of the easiest ways to achieve the dark and moody aesthetic is through paint. I recently color-drenched my bedroom in Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal, which created an immersive experience with every surface of the room painted, including walls, ceiling, baseboards, trim and doors. ($60/gallon; varies depending on sheen and paint type)