Plants are a fantastic way to bring some natural beauty into your modern kitchen, and even if you don’t have much of a green thumb, there’s a style and a plant to suit everyone – even the most notorious of plant-killers out there! Not only do plants in the kitchen serve as beautiful and sustainable home décor, they also have a number of other benefits, including helping to purify your air, increasing humidity (helpful in winter) and have even been scientifically linked to increasing morale and productivity.

Using plants in modern kitchen design can be a challenge because modern design can dictate clean lines, minimalism and simplicity, whereas nature will be tend to be more wild, chaotic and haphazard. Fear not, these contradictory ideas can work together well with the right approach, and with our modern kitchen ideas below you’ll be on the right track!

Hanging plants

A lush, green plant hanging over the sink or by a window is a simple and effective way of bringing that pop of greenery into your new kitchen. Ivy can be a great option in this space, although there are many different suitable species that would work just as well. Look for something that is going to hang and trail enough to capture attention, but not so much that you can’t work in the space! After all, you don’t want to be constantly pushing a plant out of your workspace while you’re washing dishes or preparing meals. Ivy is also very efficient in reducing indoor air pollutants including bacteria and mould.

Window splashbacks and windowsill plants

A popular trend in modern kitchens is the inclusion of a window as a splashback. Allowing gorgeous natural light to enter your kitchen through a window splashback is a fantastic way of lightening up the space and allowing the outdoors to be a part of the overall design. Depending on what area your kitchen may face, if it looks out onto a garden, you may get the benefit of greenery in your kitchen without actually having to have it IN your kitchen – voila, the window splashback! Better still, if the window is a lift-up or pop-out style, not only will you have the natural light but also the fresh air to ventilate the room.

If the window in your kitchen doesn’t necessarily look out into the garden, windowsill plants might be a great option for you. Cute pots are available in a variety of styles and the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing what plant to pot – just make sure it is getting its required amount of indirect sunlight. A small selection of potted herbs is another great idea for a windowsill and really makes sense in a kitchen.

Large potted plants

A large potted plant is a really simple way to go to incorporate nature into your kitchen and can make a statement of its own. Suited to larger, open-plan kitchens where space isn’t an issue, a big pot plant will allow you to express your own individuality, both in terms of the pot selection as well as the plant selection. It can be handy to address where you would place the plant during the kitchen design phase to ensure this will work with the other elements of the kitchen, and that it won’t get in the way or run the risk of being knocked over. Look for evergreen options, especially if you’re worried about keeping it alive!

The Maker’s team of professional kitchen designers can help you from start to finish on your project, working within your parameters and providing guidance and expertise to ensure your custom-designed kitchen exceeds your expectations. To make an appointment for a design consultation, give us a call today on 1300 270 000.

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