It’s the time of year when kids are going back-to-school and leaves will be turning colors and falling from the trees. As the days start getting shorter and colder, it’s time to make sure your whole home – and especially your kitchen – will be ready for the Fall season.
Best of all, if you plan ahead and put in a few hours of preparation now, you can set yourself up to make the rest of the year much easier. And that’s definitely something you will appreciate in just a few weeks’ time when the hectic holiday season starts!
Here are 6 tips to help you transition your kitchen from Summer to Fall and make the most of the season:
1. Add neutral colors and seasonal natural elements
Summer may have been filled with bright hues and pastels, but as we turn into the Fall season and start getting ready for Winter, it’s time to swap these colors for neutrals.
Neutral shades work well for transitions, so you can start to bring in Fall elements without the change feeling too abrupt. Try to incorporate off-white and sage green tones into your décor as you bring in fresh-cut chrysanthemums and small gourds to signal the arrival of Fall.
2. Make use of scent and light to create a cozy atmosphere
One way you can create a sense of warmth as the days progressively become shorter and cooler is to use scents and atmospheric light for a cozy feeling.
Candlelight can add a warm glow to your kitchen as well as be a mechanism to introduce scents such as pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and vanilla sage.
3. Layer your textiles
Fabrics with a thicker, richer texture will indicate that Fall days are here. Just as you might layer a sweater over your t-shirt this time of year, think about how you can layer textiles in your kitchen.
For example, you might start to add blankets or throw pillows to your kitchen seating, or display a double layer of dishtowels. Warm hues, such as yellows and oranges, can help you make the transition from a Summer to a Fall palette.
4. Make room in your freezer
Pretty soon, you’ll want to bundle up indoors and avoid going outside. Now is the time to empty out your freezer to make sure you’ll have plenty of room to stock up on meal so you’ve got something to put in the oven on stormy, cold days.
Best of all, if you empty out your refrigerator now, you’ll make sure you have plenty of room to for leftovers in time for the approaching holiday season.
5. Sharpen your knives
Pretty soon, it will be time to start carving pumpkins and turkeys. So, take a few moments now to make sure your knives will be sharp. Just ½ hour should be enough time to sharpen all the knives you’ll need.
This is also a good time to make sure your cutting boards are scrubbed and ready. Replace any plastic boards that are permanently stained or warped. If you have wooden cutting boards, you can start displaying them on your countertops to add a warm touch to your kitchen.
6. Stock up your pantry
Before the holiday baking season begins, now is a good time to reorganize and stock up your pantry. Make a note to buy essentials such as flour and spices so that you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.
Try to make sure your kitchen is well-organized with a designated spot to store all of your kitchen items. You might want to consider new storage systems to make sure your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable.
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