People often feel down when summer is truly showing signs of being over. No more light evenings sitting out in the garden, no more outdoor BBQs with friends, no more sunny days, green trees or bright flowers.
But it doesn’t all have to be doom and gloom – Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. The leaves on the trees turn wonderful rustic colours – reds, oranges, yellows and even purples. It is also the best time of year to get cosy indoors without the cold, stark and slightly clinical feel of winter. So, think comfy warm clothes, hot chocolates, pumpkins and spicy smells!
Traditionally we go all out to decorate our houses at Christmas time – trees, lights galore, baubles, wreaths – every year we seem to add more! However, Autumn is also a great time of year to decorate your house, and especially the heart of your home (the kitchen) with some more subtle additions that will make you feel really cosy indoors and even happy to accept the change in the weather.
Wreaths don’t have to be just for the Christmas season; they can look wonderful in all seasons by adapting them to the colour changes throughout the year.
Wheat is a great ‘base’ for your Autumn wreath – you can then incorporate some of the beautiful coloured leaves that we see this time of year. Finally, you can add pinecones, small fruit buds and cinnamon sticks, creating a wonderful spicy smell too! If you’ve got any wheat left over, a simple jug or vase of wheat can look very autumnal.
And you don’t have to hang your wreath at the front door for everyone else but you to appreciate! Hang it on your kitchen or back door, at the window or even use it as an impressive table centrepiece.
As well as having an Autumn wreath as a centrepiece, there are plenty of other eye-catching seasonal displays you can put together for virtually no cost. One of the easiest yet most beautiful displays for your kitchen table, island or even windowsill is simply pumpkins and leaves! There are some lovely mini pumpkins and squashes available at this time of year in supermarkets and garden centres which look great amongst some colourful leaves.
If you think of pumpkins you probably think of the colour orange. But there are so many different pumpkins to choose from such as green, yellow and even white! Some even have an eye-catching dappled effect which can look great when displayed next to the more traditional pumpkins.
These displays can look really effective placed directly on the table or windowsill, but you can also put them on a cutting board, raised platter, large plate or mirror. It’s amazing what you might already have in your kitchen to create and compliment your display!
Candles always put us in a cosy, warm mood. They come in all colours, shapes and sizes. Try either a display of candles of different autumnal colours (reds, yellows, oranges) or alternatively plain cream or white candles complimented by colourful décor around the candles – such as contrasting leaves.
Scented candles that give off that evocative autumnal fragrance are the perfect way to make your kitchen more inviting whilst the glow of the candlelight provides a deep sense of calm. Try smoky, woody smells such as musk, sandalwood and cedarwood or more spicy smells such as cinnamon, saffron or even spiced pumpkin or orange.
You don’t have to completely re-decorate your kitchen to compliment the change of the seasons. As well as autumnal wreaths, displays and candles there are plenty of other subtle decorating ideas that are also effective. Adding warm colours with kitchen items such as mugs, rugs, vases or tea-towels is a great starting point to fill your room with as many of these shades or highlights as possible.
Autumnal colours look great with any style of kitchen. They fully compliment more traditional wood or shaker style kitchens as they have the same effect of ‘bringing the outdoors indoors’. They also look equally eye-catching in the most modern of kitchens by creating a beautiful contrast. Accents of red, orange and yellow can even make the most modern of kitchens have a more cosy, warm feeling.
So next time you go for a walk, start collecting pretty leaves and pinecones and have a root through your cupboards for some candles!
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