How to Use Plants Effectively in the Kitchen
Decorating with plants is an easy way to bring life into your home. For many, the kitchen is the room in which inspiration is key, and the right plants can make your room feel brighter and really help to lift your mood and spark inspiration. So here is our advice on how you can use plants effectively in your kitchen.
Choosing Your Plants
The kind of plants you choose to grow in your kitchen will determine the effect and atmosphere they create.
Plants that grow best in moisture are well suited for the kitchen. Tropical plants with shiny leaves are resistant to evaporation, meaning that they will thrive in the kitchen, regardless of changing temperatures and moisture levels.
Follow our Pinterest board of tropical plants.
Cacti and Succulents
For a low maintenance option, cacti and succulents are a great choice. Like tropical plants, they can withstand the changing temperatures of the kitchen well, and don’t require too much attention or watering.
Freshly cut - or potted - flowers may require a little more attention than some other plants, but they can really bring light into a room and make the kitchen feel a lot brighter. If you want to integrate more colour into your kitchen, flowers can do this easily and effectively. Read our previous blog post for more ideas on
how to use colour in the kitchen.
Herbs and Chillies
For a more practical choice,
growing herbs and chillies to use in your cooking can be beneficial - and placing them on countertops near to your oven will mean that you will have fresh ingredients to hand when you need them. Not only do herbs and chilli plants have beautiful and interesting appearances, using them them when you cook for your friends and family will mean you can offer fresh, delicious cuisine. Follow our Pinterest board of indoor herb gardens.
Where to Grow Your Plants
The placement of your plants will depend on the types of plants you choose, and the layout of the kitchen. However, having an idea of where to put your plants before beginning to decorate with them can be beneficial:
If your kitchen has any plain or empty walls, then standing tall plants on the floor against the wall is the perfect choice. A tall tropical plant such as a swiss cheese plant ( Monstera deliciosa) makes a beautiful, interesting feature in the kitchen - and placing it in front of an empty wall will ensure that it doesn’t conflict with any other features.
Tall, slim plants can also make ceilings appear higher, so these are a great choice if you want to create the feeling of more space in your kitchen.
If you have space between your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling, plants with leaves that expand outwards, such as spider plants ( Chlorophytum comosum), can be very effective. Placing plants on top of cabinets so their leaves cascade over the front of the doors can be a beautiful and unique detail.
Plants with rich green coloured leaves are also especially effective
against brightly coloured walls, such as yellow or teal, or against white or black to create a striking contrast.
Small potted plants, such as succulents or small ferns are most effective when placed amongst other items on shelves or along the windowsill in your kitchen. To avoid small plants feeling lost or ignored, they are best kept in groups to create elegant arrangements that are a great option if you are short on space.
Small plants that thrive in environments with a lot of water can be very effective when used around the kitchen sink and can give this often forgotten area a beautifully charming appearance - although you should always be careful not to drown them.
Alternatively, placing small plants in hanging pots (or for a more minimalist, modern feel, terrariums) can be a charming touch if the height of your ceiling allows for it - and can be a stunning and effective way to decorate with plants without compromising on surface space.
Follow our Pinterest board of small plants.
If your home doesn’t have a standalone dining room, plants can be used as a way to distinguish a separation between the kitchen and the dining area. Placing potted ferns or flowers on the counters or table that you use as your dining area can make the area feel much homelier, and act as almost a ‘wall’ between the two rooms.
How to Look After Your Plants
Depending on the plants you choose, the amount of care they require will differ, meaning that you should always research how much upkeep your plants need. However, there are some
plant care basics that you can apply across the board.
The amount of water your plants need will depend on the type of plant. However, when the soil feels dry to the touch, watering them will prevent your plants from drying out too much.
Ensuring that the pots you keep your plants in are big enough is vital. Their roots need to spread out and anchor the plant into the soil. Also, buying a pot made of a non-porous material such as resin, fibreglass or plastic will prevent the pot from absorbing much of the water you put in, meaning there will be more for the plant.
If you choose to use blooming plants, you will need to cut off the faded blooms (known as ‘deadheading’) as this keeps the plant healthy and encourages new flowers to grow.
When used effectively, plants can completely transform your space into what feels like a new room - or can be used more subtly to enhance the features you already love.
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