Month: October 2017

Inspiration

Bringing Your Kitchen to Life

Let’s admit it: when there’s a party where is the best place to be? The kitchen of course! Kitchens are the heart of the home, from whipping up family meals to late night conversations at the breakfast bar – your kitchen sees a lot of life pass through it! Adding plants and flowers to your kitchen decor adds a homey feel and can have other unexpected benefits too.

Fresh Air Plants

You probably remember for school days that trees suck in dangerous carbon dioxide and pump it back out into the air as oxygen. Ever noticed how the air in a forest or park seems cleaner than by the bus stop? Did you know that common houseplants can have the same effect? A recent NASA report found that certain houseplants have been scientifically shown to improve the quality of the air in your house by removing nasty elements like trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air. The top houseplants to improve air quality in your home are listed below. Adding any of these plants to your kitchen will not only look good but will actually make the air inside your home better:

Dwarf Date Palm Spider Plant Bamboo Plant
Areca Palm Devil’s Ivy Snake Plant
Boston Fern Peace Lily Heartless Philodendron
Kimberly Queen Fern Flamingo Lily Aloe Vera
English Ivy Chinese Evergreen Azalea

Cut Flowers and Herbs

If you are not so green-thumbed that you feel confident keeping plants looking good, then consider using freshly cut flowers to bring colour to your kitchen. If you have a garden, you could showcase seasonal blooms as part of your kitchen decor, mix fresh cut blooms with long grasses and sprigs of herbs for a rustic looking bunch. Sprigs of rosemary have the added bonus of spreading their fragrant scent throughout the room. Keep the rustic feel going by using kitchen items like jugs, old milk bottles or mason jars to display your flowers or dress up a plain vase by wrapping it in burlap and using some decorative twine to tie it together. If you don’t have access to a garden consider using a flower delivery service to provide you with bouquets that can keep your kitchen looking fresh. Bloom Magic UK provides free delivery to anywhere in the UK and also guarantees that their flowers will stay fresh looking for seven days. The website also includes a flower care guide for tips and tricks to keeping your flowers looking good for longer than that.

Edible Plants

Adding edible plants to your kitchen looks great and is practical for all your cooking needs. Recipe staples like parsley, chives, lemon balm and mint will look great on your kitchen windowsill while providing you with fresh herbs throughout the year. While it might be tempting to put all of you herbs into one container you may run the risk of a quicker growing herb squeezing out the other varieties. For the best results keep separate plants in their own pots or planters. Search Etsy for stylish planters that best fit your kitchens theme. When it comes to choosing your plants, you will get the best results with plants that were cultivated inside, bringing outdoor growing plants inside doesn’t usually end well!