Last week we covered some of our favourite autumn recipes, so today we’re going to continue on with that theme and tell you how to properly create a true autumnal kitchen design!
A lot of people aren’t a fan of these few weeks between summer and Christmas, especially when the weather doesn’t want to make up its mind. However, for us and many others autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year. With rich colours, seasonal foods and great days like Halloween and Bonfire night to celebrate, it’s a season that should never be forgotten.
It’s also surprisingly easy to capture some of that autumnal beauty in your kitchen without having to invest in a complete redesign! If you’re mourning the loss of the sun, bring some of the best bits of the current season into your kitchen to create the perfect warm, cosy atmosphere.
Let’s get started.
Bring in the harvest
When people think of autumn, people think of harvest, of farmers tilling their fields, of an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables ripe for the picking, so why not bring some of that good food into your kitchen?
Floral and fruit displays can always brighten a space and having ones that reflect the season brings a real charm to your design. A table display of squashes, pumpkins, berries and even horse chestnuts will look wonderful. Hot tip: always remember to replace the contents once and a while. You don’t want a fly problem after all.
Autumn also brings with it a number of rich colours like reds, brown and golds so why not incorporate them in your design as well? Whether it’s switching out your old tea towels for earthier ones, displaying coloured mugs or changing your place mats, there are a number of easy subtle ways to bring great colours in to your autumnal kitchen design.
A cosy centre
The kitchen is already the heart of the home and since this time of year is notorious for being damp and chilly, why not make it extra cosy?
If you have an open plan kitchen design, allocate one section for socialising and build the warmth around it. If you have an island, add some candles on top and surround it with comfy chairs and/or rugs to make it the snuggest place in your kitchen!
Keep out the cold
As the weather changes, you may have found yourself tempted to turn on the heating more than once. While having a nice toasty radiator is lovely around this time of year, it can also end up being EXPENSIVE and there’s plenty you can do to help keep the cold out of your kitchen and those heating bills down.
If you hang heavier blinds or curtains, it’ll be harder for the cold to penetrate through and should help stop any chilly drafts. If you have stone or tile floors, put down mats or a rug to keep your toes warm and some well-placed candles on your worktop can be great for warming your hands or fingers. Plus, they’ll make the room smell divine.
A programmable thermostat is also a great way of measuring your efficiency and you won’t have to fiddle with it every time you leave the house! Some you can even work from your smartphone, so you don’t have to worry about having the central heating up high when there’s no one in the house and you can turn it on before you arrive home. Perfect for banishing the chill before you even step through the door.
If you’re thinking about making some bigger changes to your kitchen design, there are plenty to try this time of year!
If you’re looking to really capture the cosy, autumnal kitchen vibe, then you can’t go wrong with oak. Wood can bring a natural warmth to any space and can be used in almost any aspect of your design. From your floor, to your worktops, to your cabinets and accessories, it’s the perfect material to get the seasonal look you’re hoping for!
Another great idea to warm up your space is to invest in an Aga oven. Not only do they have a lot of space for your roasts and casseroles but they also provide a lot of heat. Who doesn’t want an oven that’ll cook your hearty autumn/winter meals and keep your kitchen warm and toasty?
Inspired to have a bit of a redesign and embrace an autumnal kitchen? Have a look at our designs page if you need inspiration, or have a read through the rest of our blog for more helpful insights on style, colour and useful tricks to make your kitchen the most dazzling room in your home. Our customers reviews are pretty amazing too so pop over to Roman Kitchens and let us design your dream kitchen.
Or, if you have time, come on down to our Essex showroom and we’ll be glad to advise you in person!