Your kitchen will experience great use during the fall season with holiday gatherings and impromptu after-school visits, so it's important to make sure your kitchen is in tip-top shape. If you're interested in bringing autumn into your space, here are some affordable ideas to reflect the season.
Show off your love of local produce this fall by creating a kitchen inspired by the farmers market. Be sure to include farm-inspired containers like ceramic milk bottles, egg crates and berry baskets. Extra credit will be given to those who show off their homegrown herbs for an organic touch. (Garden in a bag, Inhabitat Shop, $9; Ceramic egg crate, World Market, $6; Small milk bottle, Crate & Barrel, $7; Farmers market print, Etsy, $18; Farmers market small square basket, Anthropologie, $14)
As the weather begins to cool and the days become shorter, you have the opportunity to introduce a little romance into your home. Your kitchen can become the destination for intimate dinners and special date nights, so feel free to add candles and other decorative items to set the mood. This is your time to stock up on any specialty kitchen items you may need for your perfect meal. Be sure to keep your color palette warm and soothing. (Marble cheese board and slicer, Sur La Table, $13; Wine for two, Uncommon Goods, $20; Zania red napkin, set of four, Target, $16; Fenomen unscented block candle, set of five, Ikea, $10)
Fall is all about texture, whether rough or smooth around the edges. Have fun adding decor into your kitchen with different surfaces to mix it up. Slate and chalkboard surfaces are quite common during the autumn months as they enhance the visual interest in your space. Make them functional by using chalk to outline a menu, personalize a place card or label containers. (BOSKA Holland Monaco slate appetizer plates, set of four, Hayneedle, $18; Chalk talk mug, World Market, $4; Chalkboard herb pot and saucer, Crate & Barrel, $10; Chalkboard jars, Pier 1, $10-$14; Chalkboard round napkin rings, set of four, Mark & Graham, $15
If you're a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to decorating for the seasons, take the classic approach with an elegant fall statement. Take advantage of fall hues like eggplant, sage and rust to recreate the outdoor sentiment inside your kitchen. You can accomplish this through textiles, decor, serveware and even small appliances. (Corelle 16-piece Bandhani dinnerware set, Walmart, $27; Mango orange vintage glass candle holder, Luna Bazaar, $2; Olive square bottles, Pier 1, $13-$17; Spice oversized five-piece kitchen towel set, Bed, Bath & Beyond, $10)
Monograms are a charming way to show off ordinary things in a new way. They simply add that personal touch your kitchen and dining room tables yearn for, especially during the fall holidays. (Monogrammed mug, Anthropologie, $8; Saddle leather drink coasters, set of six, Pottery Barn, $29; Mustard hemstitch napkins, set of four, Mudpie, $17; Monogram cheese board with spreader, C. Wonder, $22)
There is something fantastic about rustic home decor that really brings the autumn sentiment alive. When used in the kitchen, it captures a moment in time where the past meets the present. Use metal and wooden accents (a big component) along with fresh linen textiles and other textured surfaces. (Aunt Esther's Closet orange linen napkins, set of two, Etsy, $10; Marche baskets, The Container Store, $17-$25; Burlap vases, Jayson Home, $8-$52; Wooden plates, Brookfarm General Store, $12-$22; Cole coasters, set of four, Crate & Barrel, $10)
Who says you can't use or wear white after Labor Day? White is an essential color during fall, as it helps to anchor the accent colors you plan to use. Be sure to stock up on white kitchen ceramics, dinnerware, serveware and anything else you'll need to entertain. (Everyday bakers, Crate & Barrel, $10-$17; White stoneware tea canister, Teavana, $15; Blanc espresso cup and saucer, Sur La Table, $5; Eight-piece spoon coffee mug, CB2, $16)
There's something about country decor that partners so well with the fall season. Maybe it's the relaxed nature or feeling of home that makes things feel so comfy. Recreate this vision in your kitchen with vintage country elements and pieces with a homemade flair. (Honey dipper, Brookfarm General Store, $9; The Newton Label country linen tablecloth, Etsy, $13; Chalkboard spice jar, Anthropologie, $10-$12; Libbey Country Fair drinking jar with handle, set of 12, Amazon.com, $25)
As mentioned before, the fall season is a huge time for entertaining guests at the dinner table. Therefore, it's extremely important that you have all of the small appliances and kitchen gadgets you will need handy. (Tritone server, CB2, $13; W+P design shaker, West Elm, $29; TRU party pot slow cooker, Kohl's, $30; Mortar and pestle set, Target, $12)
If you really want your kitchen to reflect the fall season, introduce outdoor elements oh so common with the days of autumn. Examples include fall foliage like leaves and acorns. Choose colors that display classic fall hues. (Fall runner bow, Fine Stems, $22; Silver sapling spoon, Leif, $9; Burgundy maple leaves, set of 3 picks, Grandin Road, $19)
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