Have a Warm and Welcoming Kitchen this Fall!by Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2019-10-12 21:11:53
Autumn is a beautiful season in Northeast Ohio, providing opportunities to enjoy pleasant temperatures and a stunning display of fall colors. But the season also brings shorter days, so you'll likely be drawn indoors well before you're ready as the sun sets a little earlier each day. Fortunately, there are ways to brighten your home and even bring the outdoors inside so that those longer, darker, colder evenings feel just a little warmer. And since the kitchen tends to be the hub of activity in the home, it makes the most sense to start there! Here are some ideas.
Arrange cuttings from fall-blooming flowers
If you're an outdoor person, all the extra time spent indoors in the fall can make you long for those long summer days when you spent countless hours outdoors. Why not bring the outdoors in? You don't need to be a florist to arrange a vase or canning jar filled with cuttings from fall blooming flowers such as mums, sedum, lavender, hydrangeas, Russian sage, goldenrod, certain varieties of roses, and more. You could even prolong your enjoyment of any annuals you have left in bloom by mixing them into your arrangements before the first frost destroys them. A floral arrangement on your kitchen island or countertop is bound to add cheer on even the gloomiest fall day.
Grow fresh herbs right in your kitchen
If your kitchen gets plenty of natural sunlight, growing herbs conveniently on your counter or in your kitchen window is another way to bring the outdoors in so that you can continue enjoying homegrown herbs all the way up until next spring. You'll have fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary, or mint right at your fingertips whenever you need them, which can brighten not only your recipes, but your kitchen as well. While fall is not the most popular time for nurseries or garden centers to stock pre-potted herbs, they can often be ordered online and shipped to the retailer or directly to your home. If you're lucky, you might even find leftover summer potted herbs on the clearance rack at your nearest garden center. If you have a green thumb and a little bit of patience, you could also try growing herbs indoors from seeds.
Use seasonal produce to create a naturally colorful focal point
Leaves aren't the only colorful aspect of fall—the seasonal produce is also brilliant this time of year. The bright reds, greens, and yellows of apples; the warm oranges of pumpkins; and the earthy tones of gourds all show off the natural beauty of the season. Use these items to your advantage by creating a focal point in your kitchen. Arrange edible produce such as apples or pears—or more decorative items such as gourds, Indian corn, and husks—in a basket, bowl, or tray on your kitchen island or on your counters for an instant focal point that makes your kitchen feel welcoming.
Create a hot beverage station
Make crisp fall days or chilly evenings feel a little warmer by creating a hot beverage station in your kitchen or dining room so your family or guests can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, tea, spiced cider, or coffee in no time. If you have a single-serve coffee maker, setting up a station may be as simple as arranging some mugs and a variety of single-serve beverage options next to your coffee maker. If you don't have a single-serve coffee maker, a basket or tray can be used to display a variety of tea bags; packets of hot cocoa or spiced apple cider; or instant cappuccino, mocha, or latte mixes. Disposable mugs with lids are an excellent on-the-go option and are also ideal for times you'd like to enjoy your warm beverage outdoors.
Evaluate your kitchen lighting needs
The increasingly shorter, darker days of fall can draw attention to sparse kitchen lighting, which makes it a great time to evaluate your lighting needs. Read our past blog article to learn more about different kitchen lighting options here. Even if you're not planning an entire kitchen remodel, a qualified and experienced electrician can help you add or change lighting options to brighten your kitchen. One of the simplest ways to enhance lighting in a dim kitchen is to add under-cabinet task lighting that illuminates counters and workspaces and brings depth to your existing lighting.
If you've decided you need an entire kitchen remodel rather than a few decorative touches to make your kitchen feel warm and welcoming, give us a call. We can help you plan and build the kitchen of your dreams!