Every room in your home deserves a touch of green, from houseplants to bathroom plants. Whether you choose adorable succulents, cactus gardens, or indoor trees, you’ll find something to suit your taste. But don’t forget your kitchen! You spend a lot of time there. So why not enjoy the calming effects of nature with kitchen plants? Plants can also purify the air; A now-famous NASA study from 1989 found that houseplants can reduce indoor air pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene. Other recent studies show that plants encourage creativity, which is perfect when trying out the new recipe!
A south-facing window works best for plants that like bright light, but east- and west-facing windows will also work, although the light will be less intense. But even if your kitchen doesn’t have sunny windows, many plants tolerate poor lighting conditions. And if your kitchen doesn’t have windows, consider installing LED grow lights under cabinets to provide extra light for small potted plants. LEDs don’t give off heat like traditional incandescent or halogen bulbs, so you can add light without heating up your workspace. Here are some of the best kitchen plants for bringing the outdoors in—not to mention making them easy kitchen decorating ideas.