The leaves changing color indicates the season has changed, and so follows your home decor, and, if you are trying to sell your Waterloo Region home, your overall home staging plan.
Decorating and staging for the chillier autumn months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home’s interior design. And as it is the room that would be home buyers almost always pay the most attention to, initially anyway, this is especially important in the kitchen.
Try these tips to create a cosier kitchen for autumn and into the winter beyond.
Weave in dark textiles
Autumn means decorating with gorgeously textured throws, pillows, and table linens. Introduce your kitchen to an autumnal palette using dark, natural window coverings and similar table linens for a cosy effect.
Add Pops of Colour
If your kitchen has a blank space or accent wall, consider painting it to create a more inviting scene. For the autumn, you can choose to use warmer, darker colours like a deep red, warm orange, or olive or brown tone.
Don’t want to paint an entire wall? Select a piece of art or two featuring deep and rich colors or autumnal messages to create a cosy ambiance. You could even paint your cabinets or counters. That sound a little extreme? Consider (tasteful) removable decals instead or that old standby, the autumn leaf wreath, can be very effective as well.
Make Use of Seasonal Scents
Nothing quite says fall like the warm aromas of apples and cinnamon. Before showing your home, burn a cinnamon-scented candle or simmer a pot of apple cider on the stove with a stick of cinnamon thrown in for good measure. And if you do opt for the cider, leave it in a thermos with cups for potential buyers to enjoy as they tour your kitchen – and the rest of your Waterloo Region home for sale.
Nurture Indoor Kitchen Plants
Houseplants are always good go-to kitchen decorations because they require little upkeep, and add a touch of freshness to the space. They are particularly useful in the autumn because they can double as herb gardens or unique decor and will help add a sense of nature to your entire home, even though the real plants and trees outside are getting ready to call it a season and are probably not adding much to your home’s overall aesthetic appeal right now.
Some great autumn kitchen house plant choices include all of the following, most of which can be found easily at your local nursery or home store:
Perhaps the easiest houseplant to grow, snake plant (Sansevieria) is perfect if you’re always on the run or just starting out with houseplants. The dark green leaves have silver streaking and bright golden-yellow edges. It tolerates low light; even if you can forget to water it, snake plant still looks great and its natural colour palette is perfect for the season.
Another excellent pick if you’re new to houseplants (or too busy to water all the time), Colorful Aglaonema is a cinch to grow. The rich green leaves are brushed with a lively shade of red and look brilliant mixed in with warm shades of red, orange, and yellow.
An old-fashioned favorite, prayer plant (Maranta) is easy to grow and has dark, olive-green leaves accented with purple-red veins. It has a bit of a sprawling habit, so it’s perfect for tabletops and hanging baskets. Wondering where the name comes from? The leaves fold up at night, like a pair of hands in prayer.
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Showing off dark green leaves edged in purple-red, Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) almost looks like an ornamental grass topped on a bamboo stem. You’ll sometimes find a few of this small tree braided together, adding another layer of appeal to your autumn indoor décor.