Most of us try to incorporate a natural touch into our home. The organic appeal of these natural elements can help you feel calm and at peace despite the daily hustle-bustle of our lives; even more so, in a busy and hectic place like a kitchen.
In fact, adding natural elements to your kitchen’s interiors isn’t new. Whether it’s incorporating lots of green plants, natural stone, or even planning your window placement that overlooks your green backyard – there is so much that you can do!
There are, of course, a few considerations that you should keep in mind when designing your kitchen. In addition to choosing the right materials and textures, you have to find the right type of natural decorations that are functional and versatile, update your kitchen cookware and utensils, and decide the right colour scheme.
Wondering how to get started? Read on as we discuss some of the best kitchen designs that include natural elements for your home.
Table of Contents
- Dark wood with green pops of colour
- Mixing modern elements with rustic touches
- Swapping traditional wallpapers for grasscloth
- Windows for natural lighting
- Adding stone elements
- Add a water feature
- Enhancing your kitchen with engineered wood flooring
- Spice up kitchen decor with food
- Make it a true green affair
- Wrapping up
Dark wood with green pops of colour
Buying the right products is a no-brainer before you start designing your kitchen. Make sure you choose materials that you reflect your personal style while adding an organic touch that closely resembles Mother Nature. We would highly recommend choosing neutral shades inspired by nature as well.
You can use dark wood if you prefer for your flooring or kitchen cabinets, along with having enough potted plants – of the right size, of course – for a pop of colour. If your kitchen is small, however, then dark wood might make it feel smaller so choose a rustic oak wood colour with an accent colour of green for a natural vibe. And not only green, but you could also add hints of burnt orange to get a rustic vibe going too.
Speaking of rustic…
Mixing modern elements with rustic touches
Having a kitchen that’s entirely covered with wood isn’t everyone’s style, which is why it’s important to strike a balance between rustic and modern.
Lately, interior designers have started using a modern kitchen set up and then adding rustic touches to the pace for a more laid back feel. Think clean white cabinets with shiny stainless kitchen faucets paired with wooden stools and large house plants.
The idea here is to get the best of both worlds.
Swapping traditional wallpapers for grasscloth
Not many people are aware of the aesthetic of grasscloth, but it’s a great way to add a natural field to your kitchen.
Grasscloth is a material that is fully natural and looks stunning when used as window coverings or wallpapers. It has a warm and organic texture, which can create a peaceful ambiance for your kitchen.
You can opt for different grasscloth wallpapers in natural hues, such as blue, green, and light brown. They are made from natural plant fibres on a rice paper backing.
Window shades can also be purchased in grasscloth materials or bamboo blinds will bring a natural look to the windows too.
Windows for natural lighting
What better way to include natural elements in your kitchen other than using lots of windows when you live in a place surrounded by greenery?
Here, you‘ll make your breath taking and scenic view the primary focus of your kitchen. Instead of using lots of countertops, cabinets, and other wooden elements, stick to neutral and natural colours and use big windows to make your kitchen look spacious.
Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re right in the middle of nature – provided you make the most of the window opportunities present for your kitchen. Also remember, the bigger the better in this case!
Adding stone elements
While wood is the go-to material for anything natural, you can also experiment with stone, especially if you want a rustic vibe in your kitchen. You can add a stone fireplace hearth, use stone countertops, or even cover one side of the wall with tumbled river rocks – the possibilities are truly endless! All you need is a little imagination.
We’d also like to add that when using stone, don’t forget to add a warm layered look. Make sure you add plenty of rugs to make the kitchen look homely and not cold!
Add a water feature
If you’re successful in bringing in the natural rush of a water feature in your kitchen, you‘ll instantly have a kitchen that stands out from other nature-inspired designs.
You can keep your windows open to overlook a fountain or well – that’s if you have one in your garden. Or you can simply resort to placing tabletop water fountains on your kitchen counters.
But beware; shopping for water features can be hard. Not only are they expensive, but also very delicate. So make sure you find the right size and choose high-quality elements.
Enhancing your kitchen with engineered wood flooring
When it comes to infusing natural elements into your kitchen’s design, one aspect that shouldn’t be overlooked is the flooring. The choice of flooring material can significantly impact the overall ambiance of your culinary space. While many opt for traditional hardwood, there’s an increasingly popular alternative that combines the allure of wood with modern versatility – engineered wood flooring.
- Elegance Meets Practicality: Engineered wood flooring, crafted from layers of real wood veneer bonded onto a plywood core, offers a beautiful compromise between aesthetics and functionality. It retains the natural elegance of hardwood while being more resistant to moisture and temperature fluctuations. This makes it an ideal choice for kitchens where spills and changing humidity levels are common.
- Variety Inspired by Nature: Engineered wood floors come in a wide range of finishes and wood species, allowing you to select the one that best complements your kitchen’s natural theme. Whether you desire the warm tones of oak, the rustic charm of hickory, or the contemporary allure of maple, you’ll find an option that resonates with your personal style while seamlessly blending into the organic appeal of your kitchen.
- Sustainability Matters: If eco-conscious living is a priority for you, many engineered wood flooring options are made from sustainably sourced wood, promoting responsible forestry practices. This not only adds to the eco-friendliness of your kitchen design but also aligns with the broader trend of sustainability in home improvement.
- Low Maintenance: Engineered wood floors are relatively easy to maintain, requiring regular but straightforward cleaning to keep them looking their best. This practicality ensures that your kitchen retains its natural charm without demanding excessive upkeep.
Incorporating engineered wood flooring into your kitchen design allows you to achieve the perfect balance between a natural aesthetic and the demands of a modern culinary space. Pair this flooring choice with other natural elements like stone countertops, large house plants, and warm color schemes, and you’ll have a kitchen that exudes tranquility and timeless beauty.
So, whether you choose dark wood for a cozy rustic vibe or opt for a more contemporary finish, engineered wood flooring is an excellent addition to your kitchen’s natural design journey.
Spice up kitchen decor with food
You can use the gifts of nature to decorate your kitchen. Whether it’s fruits, vegetables, spices, or herbs; all these kitchen staples will look fabulous as decoration by simultaneously enhancing the nature-inspired design theme.
For instance, you can have a wooden spice rack placed against a wall or a counter, where you can decorate each rack with different varieties of spices, according to colour. You can also have a small herb garden and microgreens on your windowsill. Not only will you get fresh herbs to supply all year round after doing this, but it will also add to the natural vibe.
Using fresh fruits and vegetables can also be a good way to decorate your countertops. Try to use contrasting colours when setting up your food decoration for maximum effect. Think yellow bananas with red apples and dark promenades.
Make it a true green affair
In our opinion, incorporating real foliage into your kitchen design is hands down the best way to create a natural theme. It works even better if you have plenty of natural light.
Your best bet would be to invest in large plants – preferably tropical since the big leaves would look luscious and clean against your plain or neutral-coloured walls. Also, house plants, as well as flowers, could work well to fill in any awkward spaces in your kitchen while adding some colour and natural beauty.
So these were some of our favourite ways with which you can play with your kitchen design and interiors to add a touch of nature.
Don’t be afraid to ask for professional advice in case you feel unsure about your ideas. Again, just be more open to unconventional designs to make the most of what nature has to offer when it comes to your kitchen interiors.