Updating my Kitchen for the new Autumn Season

Our kitchen needs some updating. On first glance it probably looks ok and quite nice but I’m not happy with it at all. A few years ago we had a new boiler, repositioned in the kitchen which caused me to rethink the way the kitchen looked. I messed around with it but never seemed to get it right or finish it properly so I think it’s time to sort it out.Ā  So it’s time update my kitchen for the new Autumn season.


kitchen ideas autumn

kitchen updates autumn

The Boiler:

With Autumn coming on fast and all the new home interior ranges appearing in the shops I’m inspired to get the kitchen looking lovely at last. The main thing that needs to happen is some boxing in on the newish boiler. We’ve attempted all kinds of fixes for this and none of them have worked or been affordable. We looked at roll front cupboards, but we couldn’t get one tall enough and when we did find something it would have encroached on the worktop so much it would have looked very odd. So finally we have a plan and we’re building a cupboard from some left over kitchen bits and some new conti board from the DIY store. The build is under way and when it’s done I just know it’s going to give the kitchen a new lease of life and give me lots of new ideas for the kitchen update.


We can’t do much about the kitchen cupboards, worktop and tiles. I don’t want a major update at all. But a little while ago, inspired by this Farrow and Ball post I painted the walls a very dark grey and added a lighter grey to the woodwork. I wasn’t sure it was working and stopped halfway through so I’m going to sort that out and finish it properly. Farrow and Ball have some new colours launching very soon so I’m keeping my eye on that too. The dark grey work for me and adds a little drama and interest to the room, co-ordinating with the blue and black tiles. The colours for Autumn are rich and inviting so I’ll take a look at them too for some new kitchen ideas.


This is where most of the change is going to come. The room just doesn’t seem finished and ‘done’ so with some new kitchen accessories I hope to pull the finished looked together. I put up these Sanderson blinds last year and just love them. I love the retro feel and the colours are just right with the dark grey walls and the tiles. So, I’m taking the lime/yellow colour and using that as an accent. I may put up some new shelves, add a new bin, and some new barstools, and of course some new wall art. I’m thinking that I’ll use the retro/mid century feel of the blind as a design point for the new accessories. What do you think?

kitchen updates autumn

I’d love to know what ideas you might have for updating my kitchen. I’m not going to spend loads and make any major changes although we may add one or two new kitchen products if we can, but how could I use what’s there to make it look better? What Autumn kitchen accessories might you add? Feel free to give me your opinions and ideas!

I’ll be back in a month or so to let you know how it’s going!

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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  1. Michelle Twin Mum
    September 3, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    I love the material of the blinds. We have just moved into our house and I need tom do something about the kitchen too, it is very bare.

    I look forward to seeing your update. Mich x

    • Jen
      September 4, 2013 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Mich, got a little bit of planning to do I think! Good luck with your new kitchen šŸ™‚ Hope the move went well x

  2. KarenAnita
    September 4, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    Oh I do love those blinds! & I totally sympathise with the boiler. They’re not just made to look attractive are they? Have you considered popping a cupboard over it to disguise it a little šŸ™‚ x

    • Jen
      September 4, 2013 / 1:08 pm

      Exactly what we’re planning! It doesn’t fit a standard size cupboard so the OH is building one – keeps him busy šŸ˜‰

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