9 Kitchens with Smart, Inspiring Uses of Plants

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There’s something about nature that makes us feel good. It relieves stress and improves our health and well-being. So why should nature only be reserved for the outdoors? We want to feel good when we’re inside, too, don’t we?

Whether you have a green thumb and have fully embraced the boho style or are looking to add just a hint of vegetation to your home, bringing the outdoors in will instantly add life to your space. And these kitchens prove it.

1. Bohemian style in the kitchen

You obviously can’t have a roundup about decorating with plants without including a project by Justina Blakeney. She puts plants everywhere and has inspired an entire movement (#jungalowstyle). The cascading and potted plants in this kitchen are made even better by the abstract floral backsplash tile.

See more of Justina Blakeney’s work at her website and portfolio

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2. A kitchen with a different kind of greenhouse effect

This kitchen belongs to a 100-year-old home in Australia, but it feels so fresh, thanks to its abundant windows, natural light, and collection of plants framing the view. You might almost think you’re in a greenhouse.

See the full house tour: Cats & Bright Colors in an Eclectic Modern Country Home at Apartment Therapy

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3. A smart use of a brick wall

Is there anything better than a living wall of herbs? Yes, when that wall is made of brick. Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason of AphroChic have both. Their sun-drenched kitchen in Crown Heights has tons of character, thanks to the brick wall, but the potted herbs soften the rough backdrop.

See a tour of Hays and Mason’s full apartment at AphroChic

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4. A kitchen with a literal indoor-outdoor connection

Pardon me for a moment. I’ve died and gone to heaven and will be back as soon as I can. This to-die-for kitchen in Melbourne, Australia, takes indoor-outdoor living very seriously, with an entire ledge of greenery overlooking the room, and doors that slide completely open to the backyard (check out the full house tour to see what I mean).

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5. Landscaping in the kitchen

Not only is there greenery on the countertop and in the windowsill, but this kitchen has full-on potted plants you’d see in a garden outside. Talk about bringing the outdoors in!

See the full kitchen redo at Express-o

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6. Plants at every eye level

When you work for Pinterest, you might end up with a kitchen that looks like this: bohemian, eclectic, and a slightly outdated space made cozier and more stylish by adding plants. And the best part is that Jessica Henry’s obsession with indoor plants began with, you guessed it, creating a board on Pinterest.

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7. Indoor gardens everywhere, even in the kitchen

It’s easy to tell that two creatives live here. This kitchen in Long Island City has a really lived-in and loved-in feel. Pretty much anywhere you look in the home, there’s an indoor garden. But the collection of succulents and herbs soaking in the sunlight in the kitchen are extra special.

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8. A calm, cool, and collected kitchen

The rest of this home is filled to the brim with potted plants. But here in the kitchen, the couple only needed one. The cascading ivy was enough to warm the cool stainless steel cabinetry and appliances.


9. A jungle of a kitchen

Model Summer Rayne Oakes is really into the environment. No, I mean really into it. Her Williamsburg apartment is home not only to her but also 500 plants, 150 species, and a veggie/herb indoor garden (in what used to be a closet). She grows plants hydroponically, composts in her kitchen, and is a trained ecologist outside of the runway, and she’s taking the notion of bringing the outdoors in to the next level.

See all 500 plants in a tour of Oakes’ home at 6sqft