When you love gardening but can’t get down in the dirt every day, it can feel like you’re losing touch with a hobby that brings you joy. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to bring the outdoors to you. If you’re looking for a more outdoorsy feel in your kitchen, these tips are for you.
Start a Window Herb Garden
For a kitchen upgrade that’s green and functional, a windowsill herb garden is an excellent option. Not only does this help you bring your love of gardening into the kitchen, but it can brighten up the space and allow you to grow the very herbs you use to season your meals. IF you’ve never had an herb garden before, a few great plants to start with include:
You could also choose to grow herbs like Thyme and Rosemary. Really, whatever you put in your kitchen herb garden is up to you! For the most practical approach, consider growing herbs you already use liberally in your everyday cooking. You’ll be able to add some greenery to your kitchen and avoid a trip to the grocery store at the same time.
Invest in a Water Element
For some people, the outdoors includes mostly greenery like plants. For others, it means bringing a water element into the kitchen. And if you live by the ocean, what better way to do that than by adding a saltwater tank to your kitchen? Even though saltwater comprises almost 97% of Earth’s water and is undrinkable, a small saltwater fish tank is an awesome way to bring a little bit of the oceanside you love so much into your kitchen. And if you’re really not feeling a water element, consider adding a few seashells or beach portraits to your kitchen decor. Wherever in the world you want to be, make it so!
Add Some Earth Tones
When you want to get a more outdoorsy feeling in your kitchen, sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint. If your decor is mostly a dull or neutral color, it can feel a little bit boring inside. When there’s so much greenery outside, consider adding a few greener elements in your kitchen. For one thing, refinishing your cabinets might be a good idea. A soothing green color could not only help your kitchen feel more outdoorsy, but it could really add new life to the whole place if you choose the right color. And aside from that, even a minor kitchen remodel has an ROI of almost 81%. But if you’re not in the mood for a small-scale renovation project, simply adding some earth tones to your decor can work wonders. Consider changing out the cushions on your bar stools or displaying some new dishes in varying shades of green. Switching out more formal decor for rustic pieces can also be a great way to bring the outdoors into your kitchen.
Bring in Some Live Edge Wood
Wooden furniture is an excellent investment. And considering that furniture is the third most expensive investment you’ll ever make, it’s important that your furniture evokes the feeling you want it to. If you’re looking for a more outdoorsy, natural feel, live edge wood is one of the best ways to do just that. A live edge means keeping the natural shape of the tree on one or both sides of the finished wood piece. It creates a super natural look in your house and can make you feel like you’re living alongside nature without barriers.
Bringing the outdoors into your kitchen is much easier than you might think. Whether you just want a more natural look or you really want to bring a part of your garden inside, these tips should help you get on the right track.