10 of the best houseplants for your kitchen

Houseplants are one of the biggest interior trends of 2022, and it’s not just about aesthetics.

While the look of these beautiful plants certainly adds a touch of nature to the home, there are plenty of benefits of having greenery indoors, too.

In fact, NASA research shows that indoor plants can remove 87% of the toxins in a room within just 24 hours of placement.

Removing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, plants not only freshen up a space, but they get rid of harmful pollutants - which is perfect for a busy kitchen.

In the last couple of years, the focus on wellness has boomed among the general population, who also want to create more beautiful and calming living spaces.

It’s for this reason that houseplants are a popular addition to the home, especially kitchen plants. So, which are the best kitchen plants for you? Here are some of our favourites.

1. Best kitchen plant for cleaner air – Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

 

There is a myriad of choices when it comes to choosing plants for the kitchen that help clean the air, but a Boston fern is up there with the best.

Also known as the sword fern, this lush, vibrant-green plant helps to reduce humidity and clear the air of toxins while looking stylish, with minimal pruning required.

Depending on the size of your fern, it will sit in a small to mid-size pot and require a bright room out of direct sunlight.

2. Best houseplant to improve mood – Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis mille)

As well as plants that improve air quality, how about plants that improve your mood? Aloe vera is known for soothing skin conditions, but it can also balance and calm your mood, exuding positivity.

Best placed by the door as people enter the kitchen, your Aloe will need direct sunlight for at least six hours a day, which might affect where you choose to keep it.

3. Best plant for kitchen calmness – Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Everyone craves a calm kitchen space, so why not try a peace lily?

Tall and beautiful, a peace lily is one of the best kitchen plants for an open windowsill as while it works to filter toxins in the air, it helps to reduce stress in a busy household.

4. Best houseplant for a pop of colour – Pink begonia

Green plants are always chic in the home, but sometimes a bright pop of colour is needed to break up neutral kitchen spaces. Can you get any more beautiful than a bright-pink begonia?

With its vibrant petals, in various shades of pink, this kitchen plant asks for both a little sun and shade, making it a great choice for a kitchen spot that sees the morning sunshine with a shady afternoon.

5. Most on-trend houseplant – Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana)

If you’re looking for an Instagram-ready houseplant for your kitchen, opt for a Kentia palm. This on-trend plant exudes a tropical aesthetic, and is just the right size and height for a kitchen corner.

During lockdown, the demand for Kentia palms surged and has yet to slow – all with the idea of bringing that holiday feeling to kitchens everywhere. It will thrive in a light kitchen but keep it out of direct sunlight.

6. Easiest kitchen plant to keep alive – String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

If keeping plants alive and flourishing isn’t your forte, a string of pearls plant promises to be your friend. This sturdy plant is chic and small, and can be placed on open shelves as a welcoming addition to your kitchen décor.

It will last the longest if placed in a spot that catches both sun and shade throughout the day, requiring just a tiny drink of water now and again.

7. Kitchen plants for an indoor garden – Herbs

If you’re going to incorporate plants into your kitchen décor, they may as well be edible, right? Creating your very own indoor herb garden is a great way to blend practicality with style.

From basil and oregano to mint and rosemary, it’s particularly on-trend to grow and display your own herbs – not to mention they’re hardy plants that are great for beginner plant owners.

Just the right size to sit on a kitchen windowsill, you could also display yours on stylish open shelving.

8. Most stylish houseplant – Snake plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

The snake plant is a very sleek choice for kitchen styling; the ideal pairing for modern and minimal interiors. With sharp upward leaves, this plant can sit on kitchen worktops as well as the floor, depending on the size.

An easy plant to care for, snake plants require fortnightly watering, and can live in both sunny and shady parts of the kitchen - thriving with a little of both.

9. Longest living plant for the kitchen – Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

If you’re looking for an investment plant that promises to stick around, a spider plant is one of the best plants for the kitchen. Surviving for 20+ years, this unique plant is a perennial, and often becomes a family heirloom because of its long lifespan.

With leaves in a beautiful green hue with a natural stripe, the spider plant thrives in a bright room, but be careful of sunlight as its leaves are sensitive to too much heat and sun.

10. Best kitchen plant to bring good luck – Money tree (Pachira aquatica)

Also called the Guiana chestnut, the money tree is one of the best kitchen plants for Feng shui. According to the ancient practice, this plant will bring good energy, positivity and good luck into the home.

A great housewarming gift, money trees have a beautiful braided central trunk to ‘lock in’ all the good fortune. This positive plant lives most happily in a more humid and bright space out of direct sunlight, so a bright kitchen is ideal. 

Feeling the need to embrace a botanical-themed kitchen? Now’s the perfect time to choose kitchen plants to suit your space, and ramp up the greenery in other areas of your home, too.

If you’re looking for more inspiration on how to incorporate interior trends into your home, head straight over to our blog. Or, book in a free design consultation with our experts to explore your options for a full kitchen makeover.

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