The days are getting colder, the nights are drawing in, and the leaves are falling from the trees—autumn is well and truly here! Though it can be all too easy to mourn the sunshine and the long summer days, autumn is the perfect season for being creative in the kitchen. For our #AutumnActivities series, we’ll be celebrating some cosy indoor projects that are ideal for this time of year. Many people see autumn as a time for change—so what better way to get started than by transforming your kitchen into a snug and stylish hideaway?
Whether you’re thinking about repainting the walls or just switching up your accent colours, introducing more autumnal shades is sure to cosy up your kitchen.
Deep jewel colours, like plum and berry, will be prominent this season. Midnight blue is gaining in popularity (as we saw at last week’s Pronorm new product launch!) and emerald green will perpetuate 2017’s love of greenery. Blush pink is also set to be a popular shade in the coming months—with it’s light and sunny appearance, summer won’t feel so distant!
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If you’re looking for something a little warmer, go with one of the quintessential autumn hues: burnt orange, rich rouge, or toasted russet. And if you can’t settle on just one colour for your kitchen, opt for the ‘colour blocking’ trend—combine blocks of your favourite shades for extra impact. A colourful remedy for the winter blues.
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On chilly nights there’s nothing better than hunkering down, away from the grey and the gloom—and soft furnishings aren’t just for the living room! Add heavier curtains or blinds to your kitchen windows, and put mats at the doors, to keep in the heat whilst creating a decadent look.
Add cushioned chairs to your dining table for extra comfort and a more relaxed feel—perfect for those luxurious, lingering dinner parties. Velvet will be popular this season, a tactile material that will look especially opulent in those rich jewel tones.
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If you’ve got some room, add a couple of soft chairs and knitted throws to create a cosy social area—or, if you prefer, to use as a designated reading nook for snuggling up with your favourite cookbook…
Comfort cooking in style
Salads, BBQs and picnics have surrendered to soups, stews and casseroles—autumn is all about comfort food! Add a bit of character to your cooking by investing in some brightly-coloured casserole dishes or cast-iron pots. These are ideal for slowly simmering to build flavour, plus they’ll look stunning on the worktops.
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Take a cue from nature when choosing your autumnal accessories. Seasonal produce—like pumpkins, squashes, berries, apples and pears—make for easy and attractive table decorations. And why not take advantage of the seasonal foliage? Try using branches, golden leaves, conkers and pine cones to create a distinctive autumnal arrangement for a shelf or window sill. Complete the natural look with cloth, a ceramic vase or some cork placemats.
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These natural ornaments and textures will add a splash of seasonal cosiness, whilst providing a charming contrast to any clean-lined, modern kitchen.
Finally, nothing is cosier than dining by candlelight. Include some tea-lights and pillar candles in your centrepiece, guaranteed to entice people towards the dining table.
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And if you’re a fan of scented candles—pumpkin, cinnamon, espresso and spiced apple are the perfect aromas to carry you through the colder months. But, of course, nothing beats the smell of a home-cooked autumn feast!
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