Spring is already in the air, and with the weather due to get brighter and warmer over the next few weeks, we thought it worth taking a look at a particularly intriguing kitchen design idea that’s coming into season – using plant life to enhance the mood and feel of your space. In our last post, we explored a few great reasons why you might want to incorporate plant life into your designer kitchen. Now, let’s look at a couple of ways you can do it!
Once you’ve decided to incorporate some plant life into your kitchen design, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make will be about where you’re going to put it. You’ll probably find that different types and sizes of plant will be best suited to different spaces. Here are just a few of our suggestions on how to get started!
If you have any large empty spaces along any walls or in corners, you might want to consider taller plants first. If you’re careful about where you place them against the wall, you might find that they can occupy a large space quite comfortably. It’s size can help it prevent a space from looking too sparse, and as long as it’s given room to breathe, it’s relatively easy to avoid the area looking too crowded, too.
Of course, the great thing about tall plants is that you can generally move them until you’re happy with the overall effect. What’s more, tall and slim plants can also make ceilings seem slightly higher than they really are, which is great for creating the illusion of more room when space might be premium!
While tall plants obviously work best when they’re at ground level, if you find you’ve got any empty space higher up, then shorter plants with leaves that expand outwards can really come into their own. Something like a chlorophytum comosum, or spider plant, can be kept atop your cupboards or shelving so that its leaves cascade down over the edges, which can create quite a striking and distinctive effect.
If you’re looking for something a bit more unassuming on the other hand, small potted plants like ferns or succulents can give your kitchen some subtle elements of colour when placed along the shelves or windowsill in your kitchen. These are ones that you do actually have to judge quite carefully, as it can be all too easy to make the space look too crowded by having too many other ornaments or kitchen utensils sharing the space. Equally, you’ll also want to judge the distance carefully to ensure that they don’t end up making the space look too sparse.
All that will depend on exactly how much space you’ve got to spare, and indeed how big the plant itself is. If you’re unsure of whether or not it’s achieving the effect you’re going for, a second opinion is always helpful!
If your potted plants are a little on the larger side of course, you might decide that they’re actually too big for the windowsill. In which case, they might be better suited as a focal point for your kitchen table or kitchen island instead.
Our designers each have their own wealth of experience and passion for kitchen design, so you can trust us to help you achieve exactly the effect you want for your space. We understand how to combine all the diverse aspects of your kitchen, from its colour scheme to its plant life to its natural light – and form them into a cohesive whole, giving you a space that is truly the heart of your home.
Feel free to take a quick look through our case studies to get a better idea of what we can achieve for your space!
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